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A correction about national politics, 18 years in the making

Members of four generations, ages 37 to 77, are currently seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. The list includes two from a generation whose political obituary I wrote in this newspaper 18 years ago.

Lesson from recent history

Gustave Gilbert, an intelligence officer at the end of World War II, interviewed on-trial (Nuremberg Trials) Hermann Goering. The Reichsmarschall and Gilbert had long, uninterrupted conversations, recorded in Gilbert’s journals, meticulously kept. 

The trial was not going in the Reichsmarschall’s favor. Here are Gilbert’s recorded observations. They warrant thinking about, deeply and clearly, especially with tensions rising around the world to which Congress seems no longer to have any oversight nor control of United States leaders’ response.

Old vaccines and new vaccines explained

I am a strict constructionist on the necessity of vaccines. Since Edward Jenner produced a vaccine for smallpox in 1799, millions, perhaps billions of lives have been saved by vaccines. The search for new vaccines will never end because infectious organisms constantly evolve. Influenza viruses evolve to escape last year’s immune defenses. We have yet to master HIV with a vaccine. 

Blatant bias from White House against homeless

Sometimes you hear something that is so distasteful, so blatantly unfair, that it stops you  cold in your tracks. 

News that President Trump supports a proposal from the Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that would allow the operators of federally funded homeless shelters to deny services to those they feel are unworthy is one such instance.

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Land donation appreciated

The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies thanks Heather Croner for her donation of 5.5 acres of land near the now-closed Nardon Bridge. Heather is a neighbor and longtime supporter.

Democracy is at stake

As de Tocqueville pointed out over 160 years ago, US lawyers have risen to take the place of the older form of societal control: that of the aristocracy. They share habits, tastes and — he pointed out -— they share the aristocracies’ “contempt for popular opinion.” He felt, and this has been borne out since, that lawyers and their control and interpretation of the law, form a counter-argument for the intentions embedded in the Constitution.

The evolving business of baseball

Attendance is down, as is viewership, as we head into the 2019 season. Major League Baseball is hoping some rule changes will turn around the decline. Will it be enough, and does it matter anyway?

Defenders of the game argue that last season’s declines were to be expected. Television ratings for all sporting events have been declining for years.  But TV ratings in the new world of digital streaming are not what they used to be. There just isn’t a good way to capture this new viewership data.