Donald Trump, Explained

Every time I think of Donald Trump a Peanuts cartoon pops into my mind. It has Lucy holding a football for a field goal kick from Charlie Brown. Just as Charlie goes to put toe to pigskin, Lucy pulls the ball away and good ol’ Chuck goes flying off his feet. Lucy then walks off … Read more

Are the Two Titles, President and CEO, Compatible?

Donald Trump trumpets himself as a great businessman. There are parts of the public that assume his self-declared business acumen can naturally translate to his success as president. Not so fast: Our nation’s purpose and methods of operation are not the same as a business. The two entities exist in completely different contexts. A democracy … Read more

Post-Election Reflections on Humans as Humans

Forget Occupying Wall Street. Now it’s Displacing the Establishment. For those who were against Donald Trump, venting one’s anger in protest is a true expression of American democracy. There are no tanks in our streets. But venting is not enough. We — all of us — need to understand why Trump, as president-elect, happened. Then we can move forward, … Read more

Saving NASA’s Space Program

Saving NASA’s Space Program

Article excerpt BEFORE COMPROMISE budgetary legislation was passed earlier this fall, Pres. Barack Obama had called for grounding NASA’s space program that would have taken astronauts back to the moon and beyond. In seeking cheaper, faster ways of keeping the U.S. in an exploratory orbit, budgetary issues should not be the only consideration. The country … Read more

The Loss Of Words: Incivility Rising

The Loss Of Words: Incivility Rising

A Yale lab assistant is impulsively strangled, allegedly by a co-worker. A young man leaving work near the main New York City post office accidentally bumps into a passerby and is stabbed to death. A congressman shouts from the floor, insulting us all. Kanye West steals a microphone at the MTV Video Music Awards. What’s … Read more