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A sign of the times in weather forecasts

A sign of the times in weather forecasts

They were hanging on his every word — and gesture, body movement, and definitely the facial expressions. Jonathan Lamberton, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s sign language interpreter, is…

State of the Union? One does not exist

State of the Union?  One does not exist

As each year passes in the spectacle-driven drama called lackluster government of the United States, the annual State of the Union address features, at best, a failed President addressing a…

Dr. King’s dream is not yet realized

Dr. King’s dream is not yet realized

Dr. Martin Luther King Day is a national holiday, one that several states attempted to ignore for too many years. Sadly, too many Americans still ignore the dream that Dr.…

Don’t worry, be happy

Don’t worry, be happy

If one browses through social media sites or the comments sections on news sites, the only conclusion that can be reached is that we, as a nation, are extremely unhappy…

Gay marriage is a legal and moral right

Gay marriage is a legal and moral right

Attended a wedding in Richmond, Virginia, recently between told old friends — both retired Navy officers. They are both men and both are now happily married in the Old Dominion,…

Two years? Enough prison time for McDonnell?

Two years? Enough prison time for McDonnell?

When a federal judge handed down a two-year prison sentence to former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell Tuesday afternoon debate started loud and rancorous over whether or not it was enough,…

In the end, U.S. sanctions usually fail

In the end, U.S. sanctions usually fail

Responding to the cyber attack against Sony, the U.S. government recently issued new sanctions against North Korea. There are few reasons to be optimistic that this newest round of sanctions…

Return of the wayward columnist

Return of the wayward columnist

Two years ago, I was pretty much home bound a week after spending 45 days in the hospital recovering from a near-fatal motorcycle accident. Much of the past 24 months…

Coming home to Ferguson

Coming home to Ferguson

As a black man who grew up near Ferguson, I dreaded going home for Thanksgiving this week. I watched cable news with dismay while I packed Tuesday. Familiar parts of…

Barack Obama: The reluctant black president

Barack Obama:  The reluctant black president

America, not for the first time, stands at a racial crossroads. The crisis of race and democracy unfolded before a global audience on Monday night as hundreds of demonstrators set…

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