It’s No Time to be Silent, America

October 10th, 2021

By Bob Gaydos
We’re not just going through a bad spell, folks. American democracy Is under attack from forces who see education as a threat to their goals. We must keep speaking out for those freedoms we take for granted.-

A Week to Read Banned Books

September 25th, 2021

By Bob Gaydos
We are living in a time when ignorance runs rampant in much of the country. Indeed, it often seems glorified. Reading, in fact learning of any sort, is under attack by forces — Republicans, Evangelicals if you want to be specific — who seek to maintain power by discrediting education. A good reason to celebrate the right to read

GOP: A Party of Distraction, not Action

September 17th, 2021

By Bob Gaydos
The Texas anti-abortion law is a distraction. It’s a proven way to take people’s minds off the failures of the GOP. It’s a proven way to rile up the voter base growing weary of Covid and wondering whether or not that presidential election really was stolen. It’s a GOP strategem.

20 Years On, Terrorists Made in the USA

September 10th, 2021

By Bob Gaydos
Twenty years after 9/11, the FBI says the greatest threat to America is homegrown terrorism. Pogo was right.

If the Earth is not Flat … Then Who am I?

September 2nd, 2021

By Bob Gaydos
Some people, for whatever reason, are easily swayed. They will accept even the illogical because they can feel part of something. It provides an identity. Some people, for purely selfish reasons, gain their identity by swaying people to accept even the irrational. If people stop believing what they say, they lose their identity.

Who in the World is Kathy Hochul?

August 27th, 2021

By Bob Gaydos
It took 231 years, but New York finally has its first woman governor. Most New Yorkers haven’t heard of Kathy Hochul. She intends to,change that.

Saying Goodbye to My Gallbladder

August 19th, 2021

By Bob Gaydos
There was the inevitable trip to the emergency room. Six days later, after apparently successful surgery, I returned home gallbladderless and even more attuned to what I eat. Also, with some thoughts about the American healthcare system and the American diet.

The Cuomos: A Disappointing Dynasty

August 10th, 2021

By Bob Gaydos
Both men were responsible for a number of progressive changes in the state. Mario eliminated the death penalty. Andrew instituted the toughest gun control laws in the nation. Both men had outsized personalities and egos, not uncommon in politics. But whereas his father could hold his ego in check most of the time, Andrew tended to wear his for all to see.

Welcome Guardians, Wild Yankees

July 29th, 2021

By Bob Gaydos
An overdue name change, an unmade pitching change and, maybe, time for a change of career. A little sports talk.

Leaving Afghanistan, Finally

July 18th, 2021

By Bob Gaydos
Biden is right. It would seem that cyberwarfare is a more serious threat to the American way of life than Afghanistan or whomever Iran is funding in Syria today. Let our intelligence agencies find the terrorist threats and plots to destabilize allies. Our troops will always be ready to help in a moment’s notice. But wars need clear missions and expiration dates.