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On Dec. 29, I became one day older than my mother on the day she died. I did not go to bed until I could say this out loud. At the stroke of midnight, I turned to my husband and said, “Today—” He finished my sentence, in the softest tone. “You have outlived your mother,” Sherrod ...

Census numbers undercut ‘Ascendant America’ theory

From the first years of the one-fifth of this century already completed, we’ve been told that a new, ascendant America — more nonwhite, more culturally liberal, more feminist — was going to dominate our politics for years to come. Those predictions have partially come true. Barack Obama ...

Progression of a winter break

Winter Break, Minus One Day: I cannot wait for school to be over. The kids need a break. We all need a break. Time to sleep in all morning! Wear pajamas all day! Make cookies! Make hot cocoa! Make memories! Snuggle up in front of movies. In front of the fire. In front of the menorah. In front ...

Trump’s Iran aggression deserves opposition

In a full-blown U.S. war with Iran, up to a million people could die initially. Hundreds of thousands more could die in the vacuum to follow. Millions would be made refugees. That’s the conclusion of experts surveyed by Vox reporter Alex Ward. “The worst-case scenarios here are quite ...

Take a stand in 2020

Happy new year. Our rights are under siege. I wish that statement were hyperbole. But the events of 2019 make clear that Americans cannot sit back, go about their business and assume that things will be fine. Economically speaking, yes, things are very good. But law-abiding Americans are ...

The New Year is upon us

Dear Readers, The New Year is upon us, and along with it, come those resolutions. There is room for improvement in all our lives, right? As many as 70 percent of Americans will resolve to eat healthier in 2020. Others will set a goal to exercise on a regular basis. And of course, many will ...

Try to remember …

Is anyone here old enough to remember the urgent warning issued in a speech to the National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in August 2002 by an American vice president who had artfully avoided the military draft during wartime? Dick Cheney, after acknowledging he was convinced that ...

Our real existential crisis — extinction

If Western elites were asked to name the greatest crisis facing mankind, climate change would win in a walk. Thus did Time magazine pass over every world leader to name a Swedish teenage climate activist, Greta Thunberg, its person of the year. On New Year’s Day, the headline over yet ...

Militarism: The delusion lives

The annual defense budget, passed recently by both the House (377-48) and Senate (82-8), came in at $738 billion for 2020, up from last year a sweet $22 billion. War hits the motherlode every year. “The money just isn’t there” for virtually anything that matters — you know, ...

Get ready for a nasty 2020 presidential campaign

Here’s a fun New Year’s prediction for you: The 2020 presidential campaign will be even uglier than the 2016 contest. In part, that’s due to President Trump’s incumbency. In 2016, Trump almost surely did not think he’d win. Throughout his campaign, he would drop hints about an ...

Drone Strike Rocks Markets

Late Thursday night, a U.S. drone attacked a convoy near the Baghdad Airport, killing one of Iran’s top military leaders, General Qasem Soleimani. He led Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, and his power has been likened to a member of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff or the director of the ...

Happy new job!

It’s 2020. Do you know where your next job is? Or are you one of those very special people who love their current job and would never ever thinking of changing? We have a name for people like this. We call them “weirdos.” For everyone else, the idea of a new job or even a totally new ...

Faith, Hope and Love

Faith, Hope and Love, but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 The snow was wet and heavy as Mike Mueller walked down to the cabin by the creek. He was wearing tennis shoes and should have put on boots. Mueller stood in contemplation for a while and silently asked his brother, ...

When Anti-Semitism doesn’t matter

In October 2018, during Sabbath morning services, a white supremacist attacked the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, murdering 11 people and wounding another six. In April 2019, in the middle of Passover, a white supremacist attacked the Chabad of Poway synagogue, murdering one person and ...

A 2020 prediction: More of the same from Trump, only worse

As some hopeful Americans look to the new year with expectations for a fresh start from a dismal and divisive 2019, there is evidence already that they ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Just prior to New Year’s Eve, President Donald Trump demonstrated that he intends to keep up his mantra that ...

Elizabeth Warren anoints herself God

The Pew Research Center reports among its major findings in 2019 a dramatic drop in Americans identifying as Christian. In 2019, 65% of Americans identified as Christian, down from 77% in 2009. The percentage who identify as religiously unaffiliated — that is, atheist, agnostic or ...

As we move into new decade, a look at life 100 years ago

It can be useful and instructive to observe the turning of a decade by looking back on what life was like in America a mere 100 years ago. On Jan. 2, 1920, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 108.76. Today it is over 28,000 points. In 1920, the U.S. had become an economic power, which is ...

Broken coffee maker

The coffee maker broke. What was I saying? Oh, yes, the coffee maker broke. It occurs to me that there are other ways to make coffee. Surely, coffee has been made without a coffee maker. I will be able to think of what those ways are once I have coffee. But the coffee maker broke. It’s ...

We need a New Deal for housing

When I came of age in Flint, Michigan, homeownership was a crucial part of the American dream. Often one income was sufficient to buy into this dream — union GM jobs paid enough to buy a home and to support a family. Some of my friends’ parents were even able to buy a second home, often a ...