Tag: Politics

What a long, strange trip it’s been

During my seven years as a Congressional and Committee staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives, I got a first-hand look at our government from the inside. Amy and I drove a rented Ryder truck from Alton, IL, to Arlington, VA, at the end of February 1981, so I could become press secretary to

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What defines one as ‘an American’

As a newspaperman, I view most attempts to “redefine America” through skeptical eyes.  Every such attempt appears to be based on hidden agendas driven by a lust for power. As a mostly-white American with some Native American mixed into the DNA, I see myself as a product of mixed environments: Born in Tampa, Fla.,I spent

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Racism controversy swamps Gov. Northam

Lots of valid questions need answers on why Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam may or my not appeared in blackface or in a Ku Klu Klan robe in 1984, smiling and holding a beer. “There are more old drunks than old doctors in this world so I think I’ll have another beer,” reads the caption

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When disagreements turn angry and destroy friendships

It is sad when a lifelong relationship comes to a bitter end over disagreements on politics. One such friendship came to such an end this year between a friend from my high school days over the actions of our current president, the 2016 election and religion. I believe the misnamed “social media” drove that division.

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Taking a long, needed break to enjoy life

Time to step back, take stock and reconsider what to do with the remaining years of my life. Covering the midterm elections in this volatile election year took more out of my psyche than at any other point of such activity in more than half a century of covering elections or working inside the system

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Another time, another place, another life

Not that many years ago, I flew first class on commercial jets, sometimes used Gulfsteams provided by those who employed me, carried an American Express Platinum Card, drove a Porsche and lived the high life. Wife Amy and I vacationed in exotic locations around the world, celebrated New Year’s Eve in London one year, in

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The problems of partisan politics

Slept in this morning, something rare for a many who rises before dawn and is at work as the sun comes up seven days a week. Part of the reason came from staying up until 2:30 a.m. finishing up an op-ed (opposite editorial) piece for a newspaper, not a local one but a national paper

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WH Press Secretary Sanders asked to leave Lexington restaurant

The co-owner of Lexington’s Red Hen restaurant Friday night asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave because she and the staff did not want her there. When staff at the Red Hen called co-owner Stephanie Wilkinson to say Sanders showed up with family and friends for dinner and they were uncomfortable with

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