Pres. Elect Donald Trump’s actions frighten Americans. We were once a country that felt safe

Today's New York Times reports that after the Asian nation’s leader, Kim Jong-un, announced that preparations for testing an intercontinental ballistic missile were in their “final stage,” President-elect Donald J. Trump responded on Twitter, writing: “It won’t happen!” What right does he have to say things that might provoke and enrage a world leader and... Continue Reading →

Can’t we compromise in 2017? It’s only been 140 years!

  "... The compromise involved Democrats who controlled the House of Representatives allowing the decision of the Electoral Commission to take effect. The outgoing president, Republican Ulysses S. Grant, removed the soldiers from Florida. As president, Hayes removed the remaining troops from South Carolina and Louisiana. As soon as the troops left, many white Republicans... Continue Reading →

A 94-year-old former Nazi guard stands accused of helping to murder 170,000 people — still hope that more war criminals will be brought to justice

ed:This shows there is still hope that many more war criminals, from Africa, Latin America, China, the U.S., will one day be brought to justice and, perhaps people in this world will change their ways and not order others to go out and kill people. Trials of former Nazi concentration camp guards in Germany have... Continue Reading →

Obama to the Left? Most of this country is numb to the power of rhetoric!

If there was one consistent media message about the Obama inauguration ceremony, it was the idea that he was announcing a clear shift to the left. But coverage failed to provide much background on the president's actual policies, which would have challenged that impression. The inclusion of climate change was treated as a particularly big... Continue Reading →

Secret Ingredient for Success | NYTimes.com

... No one’s idea of a good time is to take a brutal assessment of their animating assumptions and to acknowledge that those may have contributed to their failure. It’s easy to find pat ways to explain why the world has not adequately rewarded our efforts. But what we learned from conversation with high achievers... Continue Reading →

Once Columbus | Voices for Creative Nonviolence

I love Columbus Day. Each year I recall the simple song I learned as a child about the man who “discovered” America. I still recall the innocent boy whose imagination was taken by the story of adventure and discovery. In fourteen hundred and ninety two Columbus sailed the ocean blue. On Columbus Day, I reflect... Continue Reading →

I wish church services had titles: Anger, forgiveness, love, and war

by Christopher Zurcher On attending the church service at Church of the Redeemer, Aug. 12, 2012. What a powerful service. I began to become aware of today’s theme during the children’s message by Courtney Mason – anger and forgiveness and, of course, love. The message followed “Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer,” a hymn ultimately,... Continue Reading →

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