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After a college class a very long while ago, I sat in the late morning drinking Guinness in an old pub on Grafton Street, in Dublin, with author Alec Reid, a close friend of Samuel Beckett . . . more
Kilauea is blowing her top. These last weeks we have witnessed, from afar, a pyrotechnic extravaganza on the Big Island of Hawaii. more
In the fall of 1938, a defiant British member of Parliament named Winston Churchill rose to deliver a speech denouncing the Munich Agreement recently negotiated by Europe’s leaders to appease Adolf Hitler . . . more
I was hurrying on Broad Street in Philadelphia on April 22, headed to Temple University, when I happened upon a terrifying sight. more
He is the boogeyman in our worst nightmares. Kim Jong-un, absolute ruler, Dear Leader and beloved father of North Korea, is the 30-something tyrant who inherited his seat of power . . . more
It is premature to predict that the upcoming summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will produce any breakthroughs, like North Korea’s elimination of its nuclear arsenal. After all . . . more
If you’re a student of the Revolutionary War, you know that some of the greatest military battles took place on Long Island. There haven’t been any such conflicts here since that time, but . . . more
If the White House calls, just hang up. Put down the phone, run out of the house as if your hair were on fire, change your number and move to a remote town in Saskatchewan . . . more
As Michael Pompeo’s nomination for secretary of state wound its way through the Senate confirmation process, a spotlight shined on the unfortunate hyper-partisanship afflicting Congress these days. more
The City of Long Beach apparently made “separation payouts” recently to a number of politically connected non-union employees, some of whom are still on the payroll. This included a $108,000 … more
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