Category: History

My conscience leaves me no other choice

Time to Break the Silence on Palestine By Michelle Alexander, Jan. 19, 2019   On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his assassination, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stepped up to the lectern at the Riverside Church in Manhattan. The United States had been in active combat in Vietnam for two years …

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Everyone loves a parade

  Dear editor, George Bernard Shaw is credited with this bit of wisdom:  “If you want to tell people the truth, you’d better make them laugh or they’ll kill you.”  John Naisbitt, American author and speaker, was perhaps following that sage advice when he wrote “leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of …

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The triumph of fundamentalism

The Hypocrisy of Hanukkah By Michael David Lukas, Dec. 1, 2018   It’s the question that Jewish parents instinctively dread. A few months ago, I was sitting on the couch with my 3-year-old daughter, watching YouTube videos about animals in space, when out of nowhere she looked up at me and asked: “Dada, can we …

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Old grievances

Pastors, Not Politicians, Turned Dixie Republican By Chris Ladd, Mar 27, 2017, 09:16am   “White Democrats will desert their party in droves the minute it becomes a black party.” Kevin Phillips, The Emerging Republican Majority, 1969 Thirty years ago, archconservative Rick Perry was a Democrat and liberal icon Elizabeth Warren was a Republican. Back then there were …

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This and that

Dear editor: As I write this, the dust of Tuesday’s election has not yet settled.  Either our nation’s lurch towards full-blown fascism continues unabated, replete with swastikas and flag-waving, cross-burning white supremacy, and out-in-the-open Christianist, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant bigotry.  Or perhaps – and hope springs eternal – reasonable voters have turned out in numbers that shout …

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Circular No. 3591

Dear editor,   Time for another letter of random (or not) non-sequiturs… Like most Americans, you probably think slavery ended with the Civil War.  Fact is, especially here in the South, freed slaves often found themselves subjected to conditions of forced labor little different from slavery.  Real emancipation didn’t begin to happen until FDR’s Attorney …

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Which 9-11?

Dear editor, One final observation, one final broadside against our balmy Benghazi! bellowers…  It is exceedingly curious that they fixate their wrath only upon the 9-11 of 2012, when four white Americans died in the violent anarchy of a civil war that we actively participated in.  No matter that it also killed tens of thousands …

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