Category Archives: Current Events

A Silver Lining in the Tax Cut

The recent tax cut makes me angry and leaves me in despair.  The time, however, to lament is over. This was not tax reform.  Primarily, tax reform would be revenue neutral, certainly not blowing a hole in the federal budget.  … Continue reading

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DACA – Anger and Sadness

The president rescinded DACA today. I will agree with one thing.  DACA could not indefinitely stand as an executive order.  It needed passage by Congress. However, Obama signed the executive order because Congress, specifically the House, could not pass any … Continue reading

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Charlottesville and Three Lectionary Readings

I’ve been thinking how to express the emotional turmoil in me regarding Charlottesville.  I initially thought that I could write something combining lectionary readings from August 6 (Genesis 32:22-31, Jacob wrestling with the unnamed man) and August 13 (Matthew 14:22-33, … Continue reading

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Graduation: Expense or Investment?

Today I attended the graduation of eight men (plus one who was already released) who took a course offered by Berkshire Community College at the Berkshire County House of Corrections.  They learned about landscaping.  I was one of the instructors; … Continue reading

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Stop this Madness

Trump exposed the GOP. Jason Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight Committee, asked for “memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings” pertaining to discussions between Trump and Comey.  It’s a start. The GOP’s indignation over the president’s conduct has been imperceptible.  The … Continue reading

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100 Days – Sad

The first 100 days of the new administration was a demonstration of breathtaking incompetence.  President Trump’s lies, racism, personal attacks, ethical failings and just plain meanness made clear that this president is truly unfit for office.  The travel ban targeting … Continue reading

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Institutional Integrity

I’ve been reading the news with dismay since mid-January.  The Trump administration is one assault after another.  Lies.  Attacks on the judiciary and the mainstream media (these days we need to make a distinction to separate journalism with ethical values … Continue reading

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Vetting: It’s About Corruption

The nominees for Trump’s cabinet are scheduled for Senate hearings.  However, some have not been fully vetted.  Nevertheless, Sen. McConnell set the schedule to confirm Trump’s cabinet before vetting is completed. I listened to Sen. McConnell on the radio today.  … Continue reading

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We Must not Resume Torture

The New York Times (January 5, 2017) reported that Donald Trump believes that torture works. Each day I read news which saddens me.  The direction that the Trump administration seems to lay out through his appointments and his statements will … Continue reading

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We Must Denounce This

This was my sermon this morning based upon Isaiah 2:1-5.  The original title was “Hold Fast to Hope,” but I don’t think so now. The National Policy Institute sounds like a Washington public policy think tank.  Of course there are … Continue reading

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