Category IMHO

A Prayer for Black Lives

and the System that Kills Them Once again an officer has been acquitted of murdering an unarmed black human being, Philando Castille, during a routine traffic stop. Mr. Castille, a beloved school cafeteria worker, informed the officer he had a registered weapon in his car. The officer shot Mr. Castille five times while Castille was […]

The War Against Rectitude

President Trump is becoming ever more sad and cynical, day by day revealing his tortured relationship to the truth. We cannot deny, at least to ourselves, the eroding of principles and moral virtue by our president and those surrounding him in the White House. Equally as disappointing is the deafening silence from the majority in […]

7 Consequences of AHCA

Rachel Maddow, who, like her or not, has a degree in Health Policy, explains the bottom line in the AHCA – who is hurt and who is helped by the American Health Care Act, just passed 217 to 213 in the House of Representatives.

Health Care

It’s rare that I write a wholly political post. And frankly, I wish this topic didn’t even enter the realm of politics. Unfortunately, it does because of statements like former Republican Representative and radio talk show host Joe Walsh’s tweet in response to Jimmy Kimmel’s1 recent story about his newborn son’s heart condition: “Sorry Jimmy […]

Our Cross to Bear

“Christianity stands or falls with its revolutionary protest against violence, arbitrariness and pride of power and with its plea for the weak. Christians are doing too little to make these points clear rather than too much. Christendom adjusts itself far too easily to the worship of power. Christians should give more offense, shock the world […]

Equal Justice for All?

Walter Scott received five deadly shots in the back from Officer Michael Slager as Scott ran away from him after a traffic stop. After Mr. Scott lay dead, face down, Officer Slager tossed his taser at Mr. Scott’s side, bent down and handcuffed him. Unaware he was being filmed, Officer Slager said he shot Mr. […]

Holy War

The Independent Sovereignties of America

Reality and Hope Are we still the United States of America? Have we ever been?   Sovereignty:  1) the quality or state of being sovereign, or of having supreme power or authority.    2) supreme and independent power or authority in government as possessed or claimed by a state or community. 3) a sovereign or independent […]

Dear Lilka, 11-4-2016, Stepping Onto the Bridge

Dear Lilka, In your letter to me last week you asked four questions, the first of which was, “How can I hope to bridge the gap and promote meaningful conversation in regard to race?” While I don’t have THE answers, I will attempt to respond to this question and the remaining three in a way […]

The Politics of Racism

One hundred fifty years ago, just after the end of the Civil war, the Republican Party was the party of equal justice for African Americans. The Democrat Party was the party of holding onto slavery and discrimination. Take a look: *December 6, 1865: Republican Party’s 13th Amendment, banning slavery, is ratified 1865: The KKK launches […]