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Critical thinking on today’s issues: A change in focus and strategy

22 April 2019 After much prayer and soul-searching, it is clear that the time has come for me to make a change in my focus and strategy. That is, regarding what should be central in my effort to help build a better world…and how to best pursue that goal. This decision has resulted in two […]

The Push for Medicare-for-All is Thought Deprivation in Full View

5 April 2019 Over a (just concluded) series of three columns, I contended that thought deprivation has taken a foothold in America. The series examined seven steps employed by power-seeking politicians, and others driven by the same aim, to develop and sustain thought deprivation among people living in America. “Living in America” is used here […]

Developing and Sustaining Thought Deprivation (Part 3)

29 March 2019 This is the third in a series of columns. Here is the opening from the first and will be repeated in each column in this series: There is a dangerous, but tremendously effective, political approach being employed in America. It could be called “Thought Deprivation”. That is, conditioning people so that they […]

Developing and Sustaining Thought Deprivation (Part 2)

13 March 2019 This is the second in a series of columns. Here is the opening from the first column and will be repeated in each column in this series: There is a dangerous, but tremendously effective, political approach being employed in America. It could be called “Thought Deprivation”. That is, conditioning people so that […]

Developing and Sustaining Thought Deprivation (Part 1)

25 February 2019 There is a dangerous, but tremendously effective, political approach being employed in America. It could be called “Thought Deprivation”. That is, conditioning people so that they do not think with depth regarding the issues that face us as a nation. Sadly, allowing this “Thought Deprivation” approach to become routine and embedded in […]

U.S. Congress: Far Too Many Bullies and Wimps

15 January 2019 In the three years that my column has appeared in Up & Coming Weekly newspaper, I do not think there has been a time when I forthrightly characterized anybody. Circumstances, and my assessment of them, force me to do so in this column. I must acknowledge that the United States Congress is […]

National Football League (NFL)…Goodbye

20 October 2017 As I was driving home from church on Sunday, 24 September, a report of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem rumbled from my truck radio. The Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars were playing in London. The number of players participating in this protest had dramatically increased from previous games. The explanation […]

Thinking through DACA

6 October 2017 Much of my writing emphasizes the need for, and repeated lack of, Americans thoughtfully examining and responding to the challenging issues of our time. The current DACA debate provides an opportunity to see thoughtful examination and response both happening and not happening. The following overview at https://www.raicestexas.org/pages/faq provides a reasonable starting point […]

Rev. Rob James: Messenger of Encouragement and Instruction

22 September 2017 I am in the midst of a revival of hope and unexpected direction for my life. The past nine years or so have been extremely difficult for me. By no means am I, or have I been, suicidal; however, there have been times when I found relief in the certainty of death […]

A Failing Response to Charlottesville

7 September 2017 I am very sorry and extremely saddened by the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Protesters clashed, a young lady was killed, and others injured when a man, apparently intentionally, drove into a group of people. Further, two law enforcement personnel who were monitoring the protest from a helicopter crashed and both died. […]

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