Commentary: Trump’s policy on Cuba fails the smell test

The Donald Trump administration announced a change in relations with Cuba in July 2017, so those who have been paying attention may not have been surprised by the new round of restrictions. Still, the type and timing of the rules is suspect, such that it certainly seems like an early appeal to the base against […]

Commentary: D-Day 75 years later – Glory never fades

Above the Pointe du Hoc cliffs of Normandy, several United States presidents have commemorated D-Day anniversaries. Of those, perhaps Ronald Reagan’s 40th anniversary speech is most remembered. Partway into his speech, President Reagan asked the question of the courageous American and allied troops who landed, flew over, parachuted in, or served on Navy ships actively […]

Commentary: America must become member of International Criminal Court

For Holocaust Remembrance Day 2019, the United States should move to sign and ratify membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC’s purpose is consistent with American traditions and values and its performance is consonant with other international bodies which the U.S. interacts with. The history of the ICC dates to post-World War I […]

Commentary: Pa. moves up deer season, stokes controversy

As we celebrate Earth Day 2019 at the outset of spring, a recent announcement brings renewed attention to a late-fall tradition: deer season in Pennsylvania. As a way to make things more convenient for would-be hunters, Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) officials moved the start of deer season to the Saturday after Thanksgiving, up from the […]

Commentary: Three Mile Island 40 years later: Another turning power

In the early morning hours of March 28, 1979, the Three Mile Island (TMI) nuclear power facility in Middletown, Pennsylvania went on alert as a result of a serious accident, one which was the result of both equipment malfunction and human error. The aftermath saw a near-meltdown of one of the facility’s working reactors and […]

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 […]