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An ugly past, presents again

July 19, 2020

“I speak as a Republican. I speak as a woman. I speak as a United States Senator. I speak as an American.” “The United States Senate has long enjoyed worldwide respect as the greatest deliberative body in the world. But recently that deliberative character has too often been debased to the level of a...

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Educated ignorance is doing real and lasting damage

July 5, 2020

“The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.” John F. Kennedy That quote comes from a speech delivered at Vanderbilt University on May 18, 1963 commemorating the 90th anniversary of the school’s founding. Quintessential Kennedy, the speech manages to refer to the social tensions of the time while also...

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Statues deserve discussion not destruction

June 28, 2020

Gaetano Trentanove was born in Florence, Italy, February 21, 1858. A student of the Florentine Academy, his first work received a gold medal from The Society for the promotion of fine art in Turin. Friendships formed in Paris would lead him to opening a studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and eventually securing American citizenship. A...

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As history repeats will we at last learn?

June 21, 2020

It was a time when the entire nation was a powder keg, a spark away from a conflagration that would rage shore to shore, border to border. North Korea had seized the USS Pueblo. The Tet Offensive shattered the Johnson administration’s myth that the U.S. was winning the Vietnam War. A time when insanity...

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The Old Gray Lady pronounced officially dead

June 14, 2020

Her masthead carries the advertising slogan “All the news that’s fit to print” first seen in 1896 via red lights on a sign above New York’s Madison Square. For decades she has been referenced by her colloquial name the Gray Lady/Old Gray Lady. She even refers to herself as “the paper of record”. Her...

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More death does not justice bring

June 7, 2020

The video is horrifying. A black man lying on the ground, his life leaving him with every passing second. The countdown to death is unstoppable. No, that is not a description of the death of George Floyd. The above describes the Facebook live post of a dying David Dorn in the early morning hours...

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