A response to Dr. Anderson’s “Attack on city leaders was unwarranted”
13 August 2020 On Sunday evening, 2 August 2020, I read an opinion piece by Dr. James Anderson, former chancellor of Fayetteville State University. His comments appeared in the 31 July edition of the Fayetteville Observer. Primarily, Dr. Anderson very strongly condemned what Bill Bowman, publisher of Up & Coming Weekly newspaper, wrote in a […]
Do you really want to seriously discuss race and racism?
10 July 2020 Column Gist: I do not know what the situation will be in America when this column is published; however, protests, too often accompanied by violence and looting, have been routine over the last two weeks. All of this was prompted by the horrible killing of George Floyd. A primary component of what […]
Racial Harmony in America: A Pipe Dream?
Opinion Gist: It seems that no matter what challenging issue is raised in America, race or racism is brought into the discussion. The constant cry is for “racial harmony”. As is the case with any goal, we should be very honest with ourselves regarding the probability of achieving racial harmony in America. In the midst […]
Partial Narratives: Dangerous…Even Destructive
1 June 2020 Column Gist: In any circumstance, only giving part of an account of some happening, that benefits the storyteller, can prove dangerous, even destructive. The possible consequence of danger or destruction is normally faced by others but can also negatively impact the narrator of the partial story. These partial narratives, and the accompanying […]
COVID-19: Where is God?
15 May 2020 Column Gist: In the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, many people are asking if it was caused by God. This column addresses that question. As people ponder how God might be involved with the COVID-19 pandemic, the normal response is, “I don’t see how a loving God would cause an event such […]
America’s Practice of Politics: An Existential Threat
1 May 2020 Column Gist: The way politics is practiced in America threatens the very survival of our nation. Without a doubt, the American form of government has proved to be amazingly effective. The measure of that effectiveness shows in what the nation accomplished in a relatively short period of time. The political component, as […]
15 April 2020 Column Gist: It seems that in America we have created an atmosphere where productive discourse, supported by logical thought, hardly ever happens. Sadly, very few Americans seem to recognize the threat to our very existence that is posed by this condition. I find it extremely difficult to identify individuals who disagree with […]
COVID-19: A Wake-up Call for America
7 April 2020 Column Gist: As the world struggles to address the Coronavirus, we are provided with a perfectly conditioned opportunity for self-reflection and honest assessment. That is true for the whole world, but especially for America. I am starting this column on 18 March 2020 and must have it to the editor by the […]
A Rare Instance of Rejecting Political Malleability
20 March 2020 Column Gist: We live in a time when most American politicians will say anything, promise whatever appears politically profitable, to get elected. After being elected, the normal course is to forget what was promised and simply go along with what is dictated by the established political order. Every now and then, a […]
Malleable Politicians: As American as Apple Pie
10 March 2020 Column Gist: We have come to a point in America where the overwhelming majority of politicians will say whatever they conclude will get them elected. The responsibility for this condition is not limited to politicians. Much of the blame rests with citizens. A Google search for malleable yields this definition: “(of a […]