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My stomach was churning furiously. The Press Club of Long Island’s first-ever poetry reading on Aug. 23 was to begin in a half-hour at the Huntington Station birthplace of the unparalleled poet and journalist Walt Whitman. Would anyone show? I wondered. more
The only real surprise is that all Melania Trump did was write an anonymous op-ed piece for The New York Times calling her husband impulsive, reckless, petty and amoral. What remarkable self-discipline she has demonstrated . . . more
The U.S. economy is humming along at a brisk pace, fueled by last year’s tax cuts, business growth and strong consumer confidence. Unemployment overall is the lowest in decades . . . more
Next week is the 17th Sept. 11 since Al Qaeda terrorists attacked the United States, flying airliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and crashing in a Pennsylvania field. Schools and villages will, I hope . . . more
I suggested that my granddaughter put out her school clothes for her first day back at school as a fourth-grader. When I popped into her room at bedtime . . . more
By every account, there is no question that America is more politically polarized than ever before. Husbands and wives are battling it out over President Trump. Relatives have stopped speaking because . . . more
This month, the Trump administration announced a fresh round of sanctions against Turkey for its continuing detention of an American evangelical pastor. In light of the Turkish government’s increasingly autocratic leanings and its past material support for the Islamic State . . . more
Have you ever tried to express your opinion on Facebook about an important matter, like the state of our American union, the quality of journalism these days or which is the best team in Major League Baseball? more
Are you sick of Trumpism? Distressed by the criminal convictions of his associates? Worried about North Korea and Iran? Heartsick over the president’s racist rants? It’s easy to feel overwhelmed . . . more
Newspaper writer Erasmus Wilson was, no doubt, an über-male chauvinist. In an 1885 Pittsburgh Dispatch column, he joked that American families should kill their baby girls, as was common in China then. more
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