The Kremlin and the Death of the GOP

October 20th, 2016

By Bob Gaydos
I do not blame Trump for being who he is. I simply detest him. I do, however, blame the Republican Party for infecting American society with this utterly degrading election campaign. I mean every elected Republican official who has stood silently by and let Trump make a mockery of our democratic system and lay waste to any sense of decency or decorum in selection of the most powerful political leader on the planet.

This Clown is Armed and Dangerous

October 9th, 2016

By Bob Gaydos
The eruption of scary clowns across America this fall is the inevitable culmination of a horrifying presidential campaign that began with the Republican Party’s infamous clown car of candidates and has devolved into a daily episode of a self-aggrandizing TV showman with bright, orange hair saying scary stuff about what he will do if he is elected president of the United States.

Donald and the Boys Plot to Beat Hillary

October 2nd, 2016

By Bob Gaydos
‘‘The time for being nice is over, Donald,” said Roger. “We’ve got to give your core supporters — the ones who don’t read — more red meat to consume. Bill’s affairs. That’s the ticket. Make them forget about your tax-dodging — and your draft-dodging, too, for that matter.”

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.