Donald’s New Pal, Rodrigo Duterte

May 18th, 2017

By Jeffrey Page
The question for Trump: How dare you allow this man into the Executive Mansion?

Sycophants, Cowards and Steve Bannon

May 18th, 2017

By Bob Gaydos
I do not feel sorry for Sean Spicer, Kellyanne Conway or others who took jobs as mouthpieces for a demonstrated pathological liar and have lost any credibility or, indeed, dignity they might have felt they had in doing a job professionally by stepping out every day to repeat Trump’s lies, defend them with air quotes or describe them as “alternate facts.”

Ah, What Cadet Trump Could’ve Learned

May 7th, 2017

By Bob Gaydos
The cadet code at New York Military Academy is the same as West Point’s: “A cadet will not lie, cheat or steal, or tolerate those who do.” I get the feeling Cadet Trump was snoozing through some of his classes at NYMA.

Sometimes You Have to Say, ‘I’m Sorry’

May 4th, 2017

By Jeffrey Page
You may believe that begging someone’s pardon after intended or unintended insult might make the world a little more civil, maybe even a little safer, but Donald Trump seems to hold no such belief.

Alcoholics and Excuses, a Familiar Mix

May 4th, 2017

By Bob Gaydos
Alcoholics are masters of justification when it comes to threatening to take away the one thing that seems to make life worth living. That makes it crucial for those whose lives are directly affected by an alcoholic to know when they’re hearing excuses that belie what they have seen and heard with their own eyes and ears. (Substitute praise for alcohol if you want to stay topical.)

No One Told Me How Hard This Job Was

April 29th, 2017

By Bob Gaydos
The only honest thing the NIC has said since being elected is that he thought the job would be easier. He couldn’t bring himself to say it’s way too hard for him, that he’s woefully ill-prepared intellectually, emotionally and spiritually for the most important job on the planet.

As Promised: The Books You Picked

April 23rd, 2017

By Bob Gaydos
A couple of weeks ago, I got tired of all the political angsts and anger on Facebook and wrote a column about books and synchronicity and what I was reading and asked folks what they were reading. To change the subject, you know? Here, as promised, are some of the replies I got from some nice people.

Even Trump Should be Appalled at This

April 15th, 2017

By Jeffrey Page
Sean Spicer is 45 years old. It’s reasonable to expect someone of his age would have a better handle one of the major, man-made catastrophes of the 20th century, the Holocaust,

It’s the National Pastime, So to Speak

April 15th, 2017

By Jeremiah Horrigan
“Baseball’s Greatest Quotations,” by Paul Dickson, has become a catechism of the game for me — a pain-free, smile-inducing way to rediscover a love of baseball I hardly knew I had.

The Jimmys: Murray, Cannon, Palmer

April 15th, 2017

By Bob Gaydos
(A reprise of a 2010 column, prompted by Jeremiah Horrigan’s ode to baseball also appearing on Zest.) The best part of being a sports editor was that I also got to write a column on whatever I pleased. The bosses preferred local topics, of course, but it was Binghamton, so they let me wander off to professional sports.