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50 Bucks Says Biden Wins Florida

50 Bucks Says Biden Wins Florida

I placed this bet on Predictit, a political betting site, not because I want Biden to win, though I do, but because I believe there is more than a 55% chance that he will win Florida.

September 16, 2020 | Posted in Opinion, Top Box | Read More »

The coming apocalypse: “Vote-by-Mail”

The coming apocalypse: “Vote-by-Mail”

It will be a mess. Pennsylvania is already being sued by both Republicans and Democrats since the state is considered a critical battleground for both parties. The stakes have never been higher.

September 16, 2020 | Posted in Opinion, Top Box | Read More »

Trump’s October surprise: A vaccine, but the pandemic will go on for years

Trump’s October surprise: A vaccine, but the pandemic will go on for years

I realised that he was the ultimate salesman. He was born to be that way. His Tower, the tallest. His plane, the fastest. His yacht, the greatest. His hotel, the most luxurious.

September 16, 2020 | Posted in Opinion, Top Box | Read More »

East primary season gives Trump an edge

East primary season gives Trump an edge

The president may enjoy another tactical advantage. There’s a good chance that a significant independent or third-party presidential candidate will emerge.

September 20, 2019 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Exploring the joys of parking meters, Donald Trump, Xanax and the media

Exploring the joys of parking meters, Donald Trump, Xanax and the media

The fact is, big personalities win in an environment of mass media. Think Clinton, JFK, Trump, Eminem, Kanye, Oprah, SpongeBob.
Gandhi, Jesus, James Joyce and Pablo Neruda would never make it in today’s America. They would be marketed as the names of cheap perfume remaindered at TJ Maxx.

November 11, 2018 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Thinking realistically

Thinking realistically

Once Trump was elected I think I remained silent on his presidency, on him. This, in spite of the fact that the President is, like me, a ‘boy’ from Queens in New York. I’ve watched these many months as things unfolded.

January 20, 2018 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

More on sequestration

More on sequestration

The military has to become not only bigger but more efficient. There is room to cut wasteful spending at the Defense Department.

March 8, 2017 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

The changing order

The changing order

It takes more than an ability to “make a deal” to keep the peace in a complicated world.

April 4, 2016 | Posted in Opinion, Richard Hershatter | Read More »

Longboat Key News columnist Tom Burgum dies after life of of love, politics and vitriol

Longboat Key News columnist Tom Burgum dies after life of of love, politics and vitriol

It was fascinating to watch how such a gentle and caring person came in tandem with an equally feisty wit and vitriol.

March 20, 2016 | Posted in Major Headlines, Tom Burgum, Top Box | Read More »