Update: U.S. Rep John Ratcliffe withdrew his name from consideration for the DNI post Friday. President Donald Trump’s pick of U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Heath, for Director of National Intelligence may have taken Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Washington’s elite by surprise, but Marion County residents know Ratcliffe should make an excellent choice. Ratcliffe… Read More Ratcliffe DNI Selection Opens Window for Special Election
Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris should take note. They need to understand who won the 2016 election. The latest NBC poll shows these four lead the Democratic pack. Biden scored 25 percent with those asked two weeks after the Miami debates. Warren and Sanders had 16 percent and Harris had 14… Read More Who Can Beat Trump in 2020?
Dad watched from his recliner. I sat in an armchair with footstool that once belonged to my grandmother. She died earlier that year, so the legacy joined the odd assortment of furniture in my parents’ home. “Mary! Mary!” My father called. Mother was in the other end of the house cleaning up supper or perhaps… Read More One Small Step
Hope you were able to watch President Donald Trump in action July 4 and in the days preceding the Washington, D.C. celebration of our nation’s birthday. He played the Democrats like a trout. Inspired by a Bastille Day celebration in Paris a couple of years ago, Trump wanted an event honoring the U.S. military for… Read More Donnie Goes Fishing
Spring was in the air, as it should be, when we visited Monticello. Strange how we have trouble correctly pronouncing the name of Thomas Jefferson’s home and not the word for that stringed instrument that a musician holds between his knees. Cello and Monticello should sound the same. Rings of daffodils in tiered gardens circled… Read More Namesake
Some people learn to paint by numbers. I learned to read by colors. Or at least, I got the knack of this reading thing in color. A Sunday newspaper was spread on the floor of the screened-in front porch of our small two-bedroom frame house. It was the spot where Dad liked to occasionally drink… Read More Seeing the Red in Read
Those with gray hair and grandchildren may recall the Presidential election of 1976. Nixon had resigned. Gerald Ford was doing what he could to rally a Republican Party in disarray and Democrats smelled blood. Candidates were thick on the ground. You had everyone from Jerry Brown to George Wallace wanting to be President. Mo Udall… Read More Will Biden’s Strong Start Be Enough?
Molly Ivins, the late columnist for the Fort Worth Star Telegram, earned a living making fun of the Texas Legislature. “All anyone needs to enjoy the state legislature is a strong stomach and a complete insensitivity to the needs of the people. As long as you don’t think about what that peculiar body should be… Read More Both Oars in the Water