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.

And So It Went: Hillary Makes History in Philly, a Farewell to Art in Pine Bush

July 31st, 2016

By Bob Gaydos
Hillary conquers Philly. Debbie does e-mails. Bernie cries. Donald pats his daughter’s rump. An art gallery closes in Pine Bush. And so it went.

And So It Went … A Review of the Events of the Week

July 24th, 2016

By Bob Gaydos
For this first installment, I’m going back more than a week because the major media apparently had no time to report on anything but the white supremacist rally in Cleveland.

Ali, Me and Two Guys Named Frank

June 5th, 2016

By Bob Gaydos
Whatever you do, whatever you may have accomplished, for as long you can, you keep showing up for life. You lace up your running shoes and stay true to your principles.