Uncommon Sense

March 28, 2014

It has been a long time since I posted a column here.  I just ran out of things to say and time to say it.  Writing a column bears a certain level of responsibility to say something meaningful and to do so with accuracy and professionalism.  But a lot of thoughts, complaints and suggestions have ...

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I often find the hypocrisy of a certain class of Republican thought leaders amusing.  When they pretend to discover something that has been going on for decades, they don the cloak of outrage and blame the current administration for creating the problem of the day.  The latest example of ...

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Monday, May 28, is Memorial Day. For most of us it marks the beginning of summer; it is an extra day off, a day to go shopping, to the shore or to lounge around the back yard with a can of beer, the barbecue and some friends.  For some of us it is a sad day when we remember the men and women who ...

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I thought I would take advantage of a "free trip" to Miami using frequent flier points.  I learned, once again, there is no such thing as a free lunch (or a free flight).  After booking my flight, I was told there was a $25.00 reservation fee and a $75.00 fee for booking within three weeks of ...

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It has finally snowed, two months later than it should have, and the forecasters are telling us to expect temps. in the 50s on Monday.  I am old enough to remember first New Jersey snowfalls before Thanksgiving, single-digit temperatures in January and February, and wearing a sweater to ...

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In 1961, as a sophomore in college, I experienced groups of students holding teach-ins about Vietnam. Fifty years later, young people in Zuccotti Park were organizing teach-ins on the unfairness of the current economic system.  The 1961 teach-ins were peaceful, but politicians and police ...

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