Commentary: Civility ascendant: Washington’s 110 rules of behavior

George Washington’s life was greatly influenced by a school homework exercise which began when he was just 13 years old. He was apparently assigned the task of copying a translation of a 16th Century Jesuit treatise titled “Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.” Washington not only copied the maxims, he lived […]

Commentary: Democrats should not fear competition

I write on the day when another well-known Democrat, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, announced his intention to run for president. That makes a load, with another group poised to join the fray. Most candidates have not expressed fear of one another, yet Democrat party officials and activists have undertaken a vicious campaign to […]

Commentary: Dover parking policy on wrong path to success

Let’s get real. While not questioning the motives of Dover public officials, the just-announced parking rules for downtown are confusing, while the prospect of a parking garage is unnecessary. In short, the city of Dover is at a crucial juncture with this infrastructure issue. If I understand the present rules involving fewer free spaces, more […]

Commentary: US participation in Yemen civil war must be scrutinized

The U.S. Senate did the right thing on Dec. 13 when it invoked the War Powers Resolution and voted to end American support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. This conflict and the silent but deadly U.S. participation in it deserves exposure. Since it was passed over President Richard Nixon’s veto in November 1973, the […]

Commentary: Bush legacy: Patriotism and partisanship

Eulogies for departed George Bush, 41st president of the United States, have tended to overplay his patriotism and underplay his partisanship. In truth, both of these were features which he displayed throughout his career. Born in the Northeast but making his political mark as a Texan, Bush reflected the divergent values which Americans possess, making […]

Commentary: Presidents as veterans are becoming dying breed

As we commemorate Veterans Day, it is interesting to examine the military record of America’s presidents. There are certainly important ramifications to having a president who was a member of the military prior to his election, as there are risks of not having such. In terms of general statistics, 31 of 44 U.S. presidents have […]

COMMENTARY: Presidential power and the Constitution – Back to future?

The challenges which the Donald Trump administration presents to the rule of law as it pertains to presidential power are not new; they are the cumulative product of American history, congressional acquiescence, emergencies, and executive aggrandizement. However, there are hazards facing our political system when the pendulum swings too far toward the president relative to […]

COMMENTARY: Continental Navy helped Americans win Revolution

While the exploits of the Continental Army in defeating England to gain independence are well-known, the activities and accomplishments of the Continental Navy are largely ignored. The anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence affords the opportunity to review America’s military performance in a more comprehensive manner than usual. Initially, one must be […]

COMMENTARY: The ghosts of 1968 are still with us today

Commemorations of historical events can go either way. So it is with 1968, a very active if controversial year in American and world history. Certainly one of the most consequential annum of the Twentieth Century, 1968 was recently described as alternately “wonderful” and [thankfully] “over” by representatives of a college class from that year a […]

COMMENTARY: Trump’s decision on Iran nuclear accord further isolates US

The move by the Donald Trump administration to abandon the Iran nuclear agreement — formally referred to as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — is troublesome. In an increasingly interdependent and globalized world, the Trump White House continues to cancel previous agreements, partly due to a reflexive antipathy to anything President Barack Obama […]