Category Archives: Civics

Musings On A Domestic War

Perhaps it is right or even necessary to forget accidents, and wars are surely accidents to which our species seems prone.  If we could learn from our accidents it might be well to keep the memories alive, but we do not … Continue reading

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The Accidental President

In the final analysis, the long term success of all organizations depends upon the quality of its employees and agents and how well they are managed.  This is true whether the organization manufactures the latest and hottest new gadget for … Continue reading

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Dear Mr. Bezos

Jeff Bezos, Twitter Post Dear Mr. Bezos: I read your Twitter post regarding the establishment of a philanthropy strategy with interest.  I believe you established a false dichotomy between a long term strategy and giving immediate assistance to those in … Continue reading

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Pendulums

England swings like a pendulum do Bobbies on bicycles, two by two Westminster Abbey, the tower of Big Ben The rosy-red cheeks of the little children. Roger Miller, England Swings I am an unabashed liberal.  I am liberal by nature, but not … Continue reading

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Memories of War’s Aftermath

When I was growing up, the veteran landscape was much easier to navigate.  The 1950s were truly a simpler time; we didn’t have to consider the veterans of so many different wars that happened in places with strange, exotic names.  Our relevant wars were three: … Continue reading

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The Meek New World

I’ve woken up in a new world.  Not a brave one; one created by insecure people afraid of a future they’re unable to understand.  The view of this new world from Humptulips County is mixed – mostly bad, but with just enough dash of good in the mixture … Continue reading

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The Freedom Not To Listen

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government … Continue reading

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The Case Against Trump For My Republican Friends

To a liberal, the prospect of a Trump presidency is the stuff of an Orwellian nightmare.  Being a liberal who counts several staunch conservative Republicans among my friends, I have struggled with how to make a rational case which might … Continue reading

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The Land Of The Free And The Home Of The Not-So-Brave

“History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.” Dwight D. Eisenhower “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” Benjamin Franklin “Why do I say this?” Nels Gudmundson asked, … Continue reading

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The Zealot’s Song

A zealot’s song is neither pretty nor fine.  It is a sustained shriek into the teeth of the winds of change which seeks to challenge and interrupt an evolving chain of reasoned logic.  It is a one note howl of defiance and … Continue reading

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