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It used to be ‘The Party of Lincoln.’ Not anymore. There is an old saying that when you’re young you’re a Democrat, and as you age, you become a Republican. There is a simple reason for this — you’ve made it and nobody is going to take your piece of the pie. A superintendent of schools explained it to me during tense teacher salary negotiations: There is a pie and I want it all — you can have your small slice and better be satisfied. If you want more — there is going to be a fight. …


And what can be done?

Todd Trapani@ttrapani

As a veteran of 32 high school campaigns, I have ‘Teacher Dreams.’ I am told that a great many teachers have similar ‘dreams’. Usually, I am back in a classroom or at a high school event like a pep rally floating in strange, surreal dreams. I find myself trying to deal with some calamity that has befallen the students (or their befuddled English teacher). But the nightmare of last night woke me up — startled at the impact of this Covid 19 pandemic, which has shaken high schools to the core.

While pundits and politicians debate the pros and cons…


Why ObamaCare really maters in the Covid Era

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It is impossible to comprehend the magnitude of the ACA as the COVID-19 rages. However, one thing is not quite immerging in the never-ending media surge of deaths, infections, and vaccines — namely the costs of hospitalizations from Covid and the more insipid aftermath…insurance coverage.

Covid-19 is going to create havoc financially to households and insurance companies (not that I have much sympathy for insurance companies). Clearly, the medical establishment will have bills going out to the fortunate who survived as well as the families of those infected who have tragically passed away.

No one can quantify the economic impact…


Tim Marshall@timmarshall

Historians often remind us (because we clearly need reminding) that once there was ‘A Greatest Generation.’ The men and woman of all races and creeds took to the South Pacific Seas, the Normandy Beaches and the White Cliffs of Dover to dismantle murderous regimes.

But there was so much more to fix here at home and abroad. From FDR to JFK to Nixon and Reagan and Obama, there has been a ceaseless march to form a ‘more perfect union.’ …


From Popular Mechanics

Just in case you missed it, on the campaign trail President Trump let out a sound that only someone paying close attention could decipher. Mr. Trump said on Twitter that “people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream” would “no longer be bothered or financially hurt by having low income housing built in your neighborhood.” He went on to proclaim [without any proof], “Your housing prices will go up based on the market, and crime will go down.”

That is a dog whistle…more like a screech. Let’s translate: You white folks in your white picket neighborhoods don’t want any brown or black…


And will he get away with it?

Tingey Injury Law Firm on Upsplash

We knew. We were warned by everyone on the political spectrum from Hilary Clinton to Lindsey Graham. Trump is crazy. And somehow we survived the four years — except for the 500,000 who died of COVID-19, a number that grows despite Trump’s prediction it would ‘just disappear.” Bob Woodward’s audiotape of Trump proves Trump knew he was lying. It was just one of countless examples of Trump’s enduring , notorious legacy.

He is a criminal who audaciously breaks the law. He flouts it. He revels in his diabolic delusions that democracy is what he says it is. The Constitution. …


History in HD: Feb. 17, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama / Upslash

So you have millions or even billions of dollars and you want to be President? Best you read Barack Obama’s detailed explanation of eight years of struggle, celebration, and, most of all, his administration’s incredibly hard work in A Promised Land.

Perhaps, it would be beneficial to understand what the Constitution allows and does not. Probably it would also be a smart tip to grasp our nation’s history — and while you are at it, figure out the issues that burden the 195 other nations around the world (rather than just call them “sh&*hole” countries).

Simply put, there is absolutely…


Ashkan Forouzani courtesy of Upsplash

Neil Young sang the ‘Needle and the Damage Done’ about a junkie that just can’t stop killing himself. The epidemic de jour in America post Trump world is a potent injection of lies. Trump and his media allies have driven a tsunami of deceit. What is at stake is the very existence of the United States as a democracy.

The January 6th insurrection and riot at the US Capitol was as close to a coup as this nation has come. Yes, the Civil War sliced the ‘united’ from the ‘states’ and the causalities were horrendous; however, Lincoln saved the Union…


Manny Becerra courtesy of Upsplash

I’ve been thinking about how ugly Americans have been since President Barak Obama began his term as the first African American United States President. Sure, satirists have always poked fun at politicians — I am thinking of the old “Colbert Report.”

Think back. In those tragic days after 9.11, the attitude toward President George W. Bush was supportive and people on all sides of the political spectrum knew this was a time to come together. It was only when the George W decided it was time to ‘shock and awe’ Iraq that the word was out — seriously? Why? Was…


Max Winkler courtesy of Upsplash

If you are of a certain age, you may recall The Wide World of Sports with Jim McKay’s unforgettable introduction: “The thrill of victory…the agony of defeat.” This was long before the internet and social media became the source for so many fans to have ‘their take’ on a certain player or controversial call. My, how things have changed. Nowadays, it has just gone viral…and deadly.

This month Ohio State University was upset in the latest NCAA MARCH MADNESS tournament. The reaction? One caller on a major national sports radio channel had this review: ‘They were cowards!” Cowards. Seriously? The…

Robert Pacilio

Robert Pacilio’s authored “Meet Me a Moonlight Beach”& “Meetings at the Metaphor Cafe” He’s the 1998 San Diego County “Teacher of the Year”

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