The Donald’s Announcement

I hope the mainstream media are emphasizing that Donald Trump’s VP Running Mate Announcement was scheduled as a news conference, not a campaign speech.  Journalists arrived with lists of questions they planned to ask, but those questions went to waste. It was a campaign speech.  No questions allowed.  It was more about The Donald than Mike Pence, too, although if straightforward statements had been made about Governor Pence’s politics the speech may have been equally obnoxious. I’m wondering how many Donald enthusiasts listened to that nonsense and felt confident they were supporting the right candidates.  We should also ask when … Continue reading The Donald’s Announcement

Sydney Schanberg, 1934-2016

Disclosure: This post appears in slightly different form on a private social media page. The New York Times obituary was posted a few days ago, but I didn’t know about Sydney Schanberg’s passing until yesterday. It’s a tad embarrassing that I discovered Mr. Schanberg’s writing late, too, so when I was in my teens I missed his documentation of war crimes in Cambodia. Some of the NYC news reporting and commentary I was reading during the 1990s was in New York Newsday.  It was a short-lived Manhattan zoned edition of the Long Island paper. They had a Manhattan office, and Sydney Schanberg wrote a … Continue reading Sydney Schanberg, 1934-2016

A Depressing Family Mess

Disclosure:  This post appears in slightly different form on a private social media page. A link to a statement from Donald Trump’s son-in-law — and publisher of the N.Y. Observer — appears below.  He’s in an awkward position, but the statement is an apparent “family loyalty” piece — at the expense of his grandparents. Using the Nazi Holocaust in this context should damage an adult’s reputation. Jared Kushner isn’t some high school kid who opens his mouth without knowing what he’s saying. A high school kid can benefit from guidance after an incident like this, and if the guidance comes from wise … Continue reading A Depressing Family Mess

Teen Suicide Screening

Disclaimer:  I am not a mental health professional.  This blog post expresses an opinion based on personal experience. A link to ABC affiliate KXXV-TV’s report on an American Academy Of Pediatrics recommendation appears at the end of this post.  The story is reposted on CNN’s site.  I couldn’t get either video to play, but maybe you’ll be able to watch the reports.  At the very least, please read the text. The story includes statements from a man whose son committed suicide.  I’ll never understand the agony this parent has been through, mainly because I don’t have children and no one … Continue reading Teen Suicide Screening