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What holds America together is devotion to differences

Last week I went to Houston to see the rodeo. That rodeo is not like other rodeos. It’s gigantic. It goes for 20 days. There can be up to 185,000 people on the grounds in a single day and they are of all human types — rural ranchers, Latino families, African immigrants, drunken suburban housewives[…]

President Trump is getting worse and needs to be stopped

It’s not your imagination. Donald Trump’s occupancy of the White House is every bit as insane, corrupt and dangerous as you might fear. Witness this jaw-dropping message to the sitting president of the United States from the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency: “When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political[…]

Thinking delete Facebook? Hire me!

I can understand why you might wish to delete Facebook, especially given that the company responded to the news about Cambridge Analytica by saying, oh, no, the problem was not that someone had access to the data of 50 million people, most of whom had no idea that their information was being shared, that part[…]

The truth versus perception about income inequality in America

We need to think differently about income inequality. You know the conventional wisdom. Except for the top 1 percent and the upper middle class, most Americans are treading water. Their incomes have stagnated for decades. Worse — and despite contrary pledges from President Trump — this will persist, because the rich are grabbing more income[…]

School safety bill not strong enough

On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 7026 that set aside $400 million for new school safety initiatives in the state. It was not what educators wanted. It was not what the NRA wanted. But it was a step in the right direction. The spending breaks down like this: • School security: There’s $97[…]

Indecision leaves Iran nuclear deal in limbo

If confirmed as secretary of state, Mike Pompeo will arrive at a department that has been battered by proposed budget cuts, hollowed out by resignations and vacancies, and neutered by President Trump’s impulsive and personal decision-making style. But Pompeo’s most immediate challenge will not be rebuilding the department and restoring morale; it will be dealing[…]

Border security: 12th Century solution for a 21st Century problem

President Trump only spent about three hours in America’s Finest City last week. It was barely enough time to get a cup of coffee. Or — since San Diego was founded by the Spanish in 1769, and today hums along due in large part to the productivity of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans — maybe a cafe[…]

One of the joys of being Grampa is there’s a grandson

A wise woman once said: “The days are long … but the years are short.” At this point in my life, I have come to realize that truer words were never spoken. While you can try to deny the gray hair and grunting noises associated with aging, the first time you hear your new nickname,[…]

Anglers with honed angling skills are the best ‘finatics’

I have fished with all types of “fishermen.” Most are anglers who are simply looking to spend a day out on the water, enjoying all that nature has to offer and hopefully being rewarded with some fresh fish for dinner. A few clients seem more focused on escaping the stressors of daily life than the[…]