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Welcome to Karl’s Blog

The goal of this blog is to provide an opportunity for, and promote, productive discussion of difficult, often sensitive, issues and topics. In 2020, at the start of this effort, the very survival of America appears in danger. The success of this endeavor requires that all participants be thoughtful, respectful of others, willing to listen, […]

Unpacking the 2020 Presidential Election

Needless to say, I am struggling to process Donald Trump’s failure to win reelection. As usual, my effort is to put emotions aside and assess by employing reason-based examination of facts. This effort will be tedious and ongoing. However, let me share a couple of references that have come to my attention. The first is […]

Christian, but Voted for Trump

I voted for Donald Trump in 2016 and 2020. My outspoken support for him comes at a high price. That price shows up in the form of repudiation, harsh criticism, and even separation from some family members and people previously thought to be friends. As best I can tell, the first justification for my banishment […]

Redefining the confirmation criteria for a Supreme Court Justice

On 12 October 2020, I got up and turned a TV on to watch the Senate Judiciary Committee start a hearing to consider the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Senator Lindsey Graham, chair of the committee, started by announcing that each member would make an opening statement. Hearing that, I […]

Listening to my wife: Change in no anonymous blog responses

A few days ago, I explained in an e-newsletter that I would not post blog responses where the author does not give a name, but puts in “anonymous”. My wife, Denise, saw that statement and expressed concern that people might have good reason to withhold their name. She talked about the cost that might be […]

Obama spoke a great truth

I am watching with sadness, but with a higher level of hope, as the wheels of government churn to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. My sadness regarding the general state of our country is not new, but this higher level of hope for America is a […]

President Trump and the Post Office: The real story

Allow me to be rather direct. If you opened this post, you are about to have your level of commitment to finding the truth tested. For a few weeks, I have listened to many Democratic politicians and their surrogates claim that changes being made in U.S. Postal Service operations are intended to make voting by […]

Does the Life of this Black Trump Supporter Matter?

On 23 July 2020 in Milwaukee, the life of Bernell Trammell, a Black man who supported President Donald Trump, was abruptly ended. I do not contend that he was killed because of his support for President Trump; however, given the threatening treatment he received because of that support, it seems reasonable that the possibility would […]

Email to Mayor and Council

Background: My first post is the text of an email that I sent to the Mayor and members of the Fayetteville City Council. The email explains that I am working on an opinion piece that will mention incidents and policy actions that took place, or are underway, in Fayetteville. My intent was to give City […]

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