Category Archives: Political

A Better Polling Method

There’s been a lot of soul-searching among polling professionals since the 2016 election — why was President Trump’s win such a surprise?  Since then, political pundits have been looking for better polling methods. They may have found one — social circle polling.  Basically, instead of asking how someone plans to vote, people are asked how

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The Prevalence of Fake News

President Trump has a point — there’s a lot of fake stuff out there. Of course, manipulative tools have been available for some time.  I assume you’ve heard of the computer program Adobe Photoshop?  The publishing business where I worked for 15 years displayed a photo of an older couple with the man’s head replaced

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The Patriotic Path To Justice

Today I’ve been reading about the NFL players and owners meeting discussing proper procedures for the national anthem.  I don’t want to get into that specific subject, but as a military veteran, I do have definite thoughts about patriotism. Realizing that this nation has its problems, I believe patriotism includes calling attention to those problems

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Is Cyberwarfare Our Greatest Threat?

I grew up during the height of the Cold War, when every home-improvement show we attended had a model bomb shelter.  Thankfully, we won that one.  But today we may face a threat that is even more insidiously dangerous. I’m sure you’ve heard the accusations that Russia was behind the email hacks during the 2016

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The Answer to Fake News?

Talk about change, President Trump certainly has stirred up a debate about the press’s role in our society.  As one might predict, members of the Fourth Estate are very much engaged.  In the recent past, I’ve seen the following — The Christian Science Monitor’s March 13, 2017 cover story, “Trump vs. The Media: The War

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Who WAS the Worst President?

For longer than I care to remember, we’ve been hearing some very partisan claims on social media about rating presidents.  Who was the worst? Most historians have a very strong candidate  —  James Buchanan, our 15th chief executive (1857-1961), the president just before Abraham Lincoln.  In fact, there is a new biography out entitled  Worst.

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A Lesson From The Lincoln Memorial

A thought for this inauguration day  — Have you ever studied Abraham Lincoln’s pose at the Lincoln Memorial?  Specifically, notice his hands.  His left hand is a tightly clinched fist, while the right hand is resting relaxed on the chair arm.  This suggests there are two equal components of American leadership — strength and compassion.

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