Posts by: Denis Smith

When I came across this handmade sign on display last year in a San Francisco apartment window, I thought that aside from scary reports about curious young children unknowingly poisoning themselves and teens ingesting laundry detergent on a dare, we weren’t there yet in pinning all things bad in this country on bad news Trump.

That was then.

Last March, during our stay in the City by the Bay, a favorite stop on the way home from a Hawaiian vacation, we enjoyed the eccentricities seen there in abundance. At the time, the apartment sign seemed to be a humorous outlier […]

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At the end of the legislative session, as Ohio Republican stalwarts honored their marching orders from the party’s corporate friends and benefactors, there was one message from the spirit world they should have been familiar with – and heeded.

There you go again.

When the smoke – or was it more like a mushroom cloud – cleared enough to allow Ohio citizens to see the new damage inflicted by its legislature in the form of bailouts for both the nuclear plant and charter school industries, savvy Republican watchers thought that the words of another member of the spirit world were […]

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Gunfight in front of the Long Branch Saloon Dodge City, Kansas,  June 2019

Dodge Photos by Denis Smith

Yes, after nearly two weeks on the road, I’ll admit to being tired and disoriented, maybe even confused. But it’s much more than weariness.

It’s like this. After returning home from a long road trip which featured a stop in Dodge City, you realize that while the Wild West town has been rather tame for a long time,  the entire Buckeye State has been less so.

No, you can’t make things up.

My wife and I visited Dodge last week […]

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On May Day, as our well-equipped coach navigated Peru’s sprawling capital, a teeming city of 13 million inhabitants, the 29 Americans on board were soaking up everything they could learn about this huge metropolis, one of the principal cities in South America. The fact that the first day of May is a national holiday in that country allowed us to observe the thousands in Lima who assembled to celebrate their history and culture as well as enjoy the wonderful weather.

But as our group peered through the windows of the tour bus and, later, walked through the crowds of Peruvians […]

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Not to decide is to decide. —  Harvey Cox

In a time of national upheaval and uncertainty,  a corrupt, illegitimate and immoral administration, whose operatives worked with a hostile foreign state to manipulate a presidential election to gain power, needs to be held accountable and possibly removed from power. But as we confront this nightmare situation, will it take a theologian like Harvey Cox to remind us about what needs to be done in removing a morally and ethically challenged Donald Trump from our nation’s leadership?.

Here are some particulars to consider in that decision-making process.

Will we decide not […]

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Darkow, Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune

For those who are in their fifties and beyond, you might be familiar with this statement from another era, when names like Andropov, Brezhnev and Reagan were in the news:

If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war. As it stands, we have allowed this to happen to ourselves. – A Nation at Risk, 1983

With the continuing implosion of the United States government under the dangerous delusional direction of Donald […]

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For the last several days, the headlines and lead stories informed us about federal education budget cuts to the Special Olympics program. Certainly, you’d expect that such a recommendation would ignite a torrent of criticism and outrage from program advocates. Late Thursday, in response to the backlash, Donald Trump announced that, surprise, he has reversed the recommendation to cut the popular program.

But like most things now in the Age of Trump, there was a lot more detail to be found in this grim budget story beyond the Special Olympics imbroglio.

In her testimony before the House Education Appropriations Subcommittee […]

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If there is something we won’t soon forget in our turbulent era, it is the image of massive California brushfires enveloping hundreds of square miles of land in the Golden State and everything situated on that bone-dry landscape. The smoke was so severe that people with respiratory problems from areas well removed from the fires suffered from the heavy, smoke-filled air for days afterward.

Those California brushfires should provide a lesson to us every day, and it is quite simple. In a country where political rhetoric and hate speech are at gale force, and correspondingly when our land is […]

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Ever since the explosive Access Hollywood tape of Donald Trump’s “grab ’em by the p*ssy” remark was revealed a few weeks before the 2016 presidential election, the asterisk has been used in deference to the sensibilities of polite company that might read and be offended by the Fifth Avenue Fraudster’s statement. But Trump never seems charming or polite in any company, and another more recent outrageous utterance by the president-as-asterisk may serve to define him.

When the subject is Donald Trump, there’s usually something way out of the ordinary going on with him. But in the particular […]

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When the Emmy Awards are announced next season, some pol watcher pros might predict, an Ohio congressman will certainly win in a category which he seems to dominate.

And the envelope, please…

The Emmy for the Worst Performance in a Continuing Role goes to … Jim Jordan of Urbana, Ohio.

How many different words can you use to describe the behavior of the coatless cur of Congress, that non-urbane, uncivil and unhinged arsonist from Urbana? Yes, the uber-partisan whom former Speaker John Boehner, a fellow Ohioan, called “A terrorist. A legislative terrorist.

Awful perhaps. Disgusting maybe. Reprehensible […]

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In light of daily revelations about new scandals engulfing the nation’s capital, we are struggling to digest the full magnitude of the corruption and incompetence of the Trump administration. But while we are absorbed by our present circumstances, it might be helpful to look at another very corrupt era of our national history, a time when the public also dealt with information overload about misdeeds in high places, for some perspective and an idea about where all of this ends.

In this case, the locus of corruption and scandal was not the nation’s capital but New York City, our financial […]

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