Have We Lost Our Humanity?

Or did we have any to begin with? Let me start with this. Humanity has always been inhumane. Atrocities have been committed throughout history. And, while we aren’t experiencing Genghis Khan-level atrocities at the moment (though Ukrainians might disagree), the United States is certainly allowing smaller, more localized atrocities to continue unabated. The U.S. hasn’tContinue reading “Have We Lost Our Humanity?”

The First Amendment Has Restrictions; Why Not the Second?

“And in the naked light I sawTen thousand people, maybe morePeople talking without speakingPeople hearing without listeningPeople writing songs that voices never sharedAnd no one daredDisturb the sound of silence” The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel This song became the one of the anthems of a protest generation; a generation watching atrocities happen,Continue reading “The First Amendment Has Restrictions; Why Not the Second?”

What Do I Say To Her?

Talking to My Daughter About Mass Shootings and the Painful Reasons They Happen Author’s Note: I wrote this in 2019. In light of yet another school shooting, this time in Michigan, just one of the 138 incidents, 28 of which have resulted in fatalities, we’ve had in 2021, I thought it a good idea toContinue reading “What Do I Say To Her?”

Same Sitch, Different Day

White child vigilante’s acquittal proves nothing’s changed The heartbreak, anger, fear and futility the families of Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder victims are feeling must be enormous. And, Black American families all over the country. And, the family of Julius Jones in Oklahoma. Today, a jury in Wisconsin, aided and abetted by the judge, acquitted Kyle RittenhouseContinue reading “Same Sitch, Different Day”

Crime Is Up, but at Least the City’s E-Scooters Are Safe

Elected leaders are choosing political expediency and finger-pointing instead of addressing rising violent crime head-on District residents are grappling with a second year of increased violent crime. The city’s elected leaders have been intensely focused on safety. On October 1, the city’s new law requiring e-scooters to be locked up or docked instead of justContinue reading “Crime Is Up, but at Least the City’s E-Scooters Are Safe”

We Don’t Negotiate with Terrorists… Unless They’re White Supremacists

Let’s play a game. It’s called “Guess The Threat Level!” On a scale of 1-10, let’s guess the perceived threat of various groups. Growing up in Washington, DC is a unique experience. Kids here learn a lot about society, the good and the bad, at a very early age. They don’t have much of aContinue reading “We Don’t Negotiate with Terrorists… Unless They’re White Supremacists”