| Aug 17, 2014
| 4:13 PM
Rush Limbaugh's politicizing of Robin Williams' suicide is despicable and shows his complete absence of decency and an intelligent understanding of just what suicide is all about. It is a manifestation of his true character, or should I say, lack thereof....
| Aug 15, 2014
| 3:03 AM
As vacations go, this one was a pip.
Some of the year's best cycling weather, of course, came in the week that followed Tuesday of last week, when I was rendered unable to get out to enjoy it. Mother Nature has a sadistic sense of humor.
I shan't bother...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 12:09 PM
Twice in 2014, I've come to the end of a pleasant evening, walked upstairs to where my laptop sits and discovered the sudden death of someone who spoke powerfully to me.
In February, it was Philip Seymour Hoffman on a Sunday night. Last Monday night, it...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 3:42 PM
The Florida Medical Association’s opposition to the medical marijuana amendment on November’s ballot came as a surprise. You’d think doctors would be in favor of a relatively harmless method of alleviating pain and stimulating appetite...
| Aug 4, 2014
| 2:58 PM
In June, Hillary Clinton released a new book that served as the unofficial kickoff to a presidential campaign set to hit the homestretch in the summer of 2016. But for the moment she’s enduring what Politico called "the summer of the anti-Clinton...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 10:24 AM
Two Democratic attorneys battling for an open state Senate seat in coastal Los Angeles County have been successful at tapping cash from supporters, they reported Thursday.
Ben Allen has a fund-raising lead over Sandra Fluke as the two compete in the...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 9:31 AM
A great paradox of Obama’s America is that racism has been so thoroughly condemned that it only rarely receives public attention. To some extent, the election of a black president relaxed what remained of our national focus on race matters, it...
| Jul 29, 2014
Please pay very close attention to this column, because the Obama administration will probably attempt to distract you as you're reading.
That distraction could come in the form of lawless government overreach or an outbreak of international violence....
| Jul 19, 2014
| 5:00 AM
When my father, "Fiddler on the Roof" playwright Joseph Stein, died in October 2010 at 98, my eulogy began with an anecdote from a few years earlier, when he'd fallen ill en route to from New York to Connecticut.
"How do you feel?" asked an EMS guy....
| Jul 17, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Here we go again. Same stuff, different day. Deja vu all over again.
A monthly New York newspaper, The WestView News, uses an objectionable headline ("The N----r In The White House") on a piece in its July edition, which argues that much of the shrill...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 11:49 AM
For those not attuned to such things, the right-wing media has spent much of the week jumping up and down about Attorney General Eric Holder's appearance on ABC-TV last Sunday morning. His offense? He dared suggest that there was a "racial component" from...