New In the Blog 2-26-18

We are all still reeling from the latest school shooting in Parkland, Florida.  Mixed in with our grief and anger is our stunned admiration of the reaction by the surviving students.  Those of us who protested in the 60’s and still try to raise our voices...

NRA’S LAP DOGS: Tillis, Burr and Money

By Penny Smith In the wake of yet another school shooting, the National Rifle Association has trotted out its public defenders. They blame almost everything except a pervasive, pernicious gun culture for such violence. Guns are fine. Any kind of gun. Everyone should...

Another Life Lesson: IN PRAISE OF ADOLESCENTS

By Penny Smith Among the things that happen as we age is a slow compromise with the world. We make William Blake’s transition from “Songs of Innocence” to “Songs of Experience.” We lose our naiveté and become sophisticates, even cynics. Our world is smaller; it’s no...

What I’m Reading, 2-26-18

By Penny Smith A History of Fake News. A Lapham’s Quarterly Special Issue. (Available at most book stores; I got mine at a Barnes and Noble)  I admire Lewis Lapham’s essays. Lapham, long-time editor of Harper’s Magazine, would usually pen one for that magazine. He...

This Week In the Blog 2-19-18

Last week our blogger-in-chief, Penny Smith, dug into the dark money behind Representative Mike Clampitt’s campaign.  Once down the rabbit hole it can be difficult to avoid following the paths into all sorts of shadowy influences on our elections and our...