In America, the Rich are Never Wrong

September 28th, 2016

By Bob Gaydos
Bankers don’t go to jail in this country. Drug company executives don’t go to jail in this country. Insurance executives don’t go to jail in this country. Wall Street brokers don’t go to jail in this country. In this country, a billionaire who doesn’t pay his employees, stiffs his creditors, brags about not paying taxes gets to run for president. The rich are never wrong.

A False Argument on ‘False Balance’

September 18th, 2016

By Bob Gaydos
In the opinion of The New York Times’ public editor, Times reporters must resist the arguments about false balance — giving political candidates’ statements, opinions and actions equal treatment even though the truth argues otherwise — because, in their distaste for Trump the reporters might be tempted to go easy on Clinton. Go ahead, finish laughing.

It’s Only Fair to Say: It Has to be Hillary

September 11th, 2016

By Bob Gaydos
We need to focus on the issue at hand: Donald Trump, is the most dangerously ill-prepared candidate to ever run for president representing a major party. Hillary Clinton is one of the most-qualified persons to ever run for president and she is a woman. I submit those as pertinent facts.

The ‘White-on-White’ Crime Problem

September 9th, 2016

By Michael Kaufman
In our region alone reports of white-on-white crime appear regularly in the media, although never identified as such. On the other hand I have heard many white people decry “black-on-black” crime when talking about shootings in black neighborhoods in cities such as Chicago and Detroit.

The Truth Shall Make us Free, and Angry

September 4th, 2016

By Bob Gaydos
One of the most disappointing aspects of this presidential campaign is that not nearly enough people are angry and downright embarrassed that one of our two major political parties has handed its presidential nomination to a congenital liar. A bigot. A misogynist. A narcissist. … There I go again.

Back Page for Gary; Two Bits for 50 Cent

August 30th, 2016

By Bob Gaydos
And so it went: A young Yankee, Gary Sanchez, shows signs of future greatness and grabs the back page. Meanwhile, a famous rapper, 50 Cent, bombs in a local gig to shill vodka.

Alt-Right: Trumped-up Name for Bigots

August 28th, 2016

By Bob Gaydos
Alt-Right is not a political philosophy. Rather, it is a fear-based agenda of white supremacy that is being spread via social media. It does not deserve any special, pseudo-sounding, political movement name so that reporters, editors and columnists can have a shorthand way of saying bigots.

And So it Went: A Sports Fan Desperately in Need of a Back Page

August 21st, 2016

By Bob Gaydos
While I still turn to the sports page to start my day today, it’s not nearly the same. First of all, on the Internet there is no back page. More to the point, the sports pages are no longer a sanctuary from the social problems of the day.

And So it Went: ‘2nd Amendment people’, ‘ISIS’ … more Trump ‘do-overs’

August 14th, 2016

By Bob Gaydos
Donald Trump is a threat, an insult, a slur, a lie, a boast, an absurdity waiting to happen anytime he speaks. Life to him is one, big do-over. Any Republican with a shred of decency and self-respect, not to mention common sense, should have abandoned him months ago.

And So it Went: Two dysfunctional political families trying to survive

August 7th, 2016

By Bob Gaydos
Three months away from having to choose between two of the most disliked candidates in our nation’s history to be the most powerful person on the planet, we have become — in 12-step language — powerless over our political process and our lives are becoming increasingly unmanageable.