Opinion

President-elect Joe Biden has named his national security team. Antony Blinken will be nominated for secretary of state; Jake Sullivan for national security adviser; Avril Haines for director of national intelligence; and Alejandro Mayorkas for secretary of homeland security. All but Sulliva…

This Thanksgiving morning just past, I had a couple of hours to myself before gathering with family. My husband and I are still at the stage of life where one of us has to be completely involved in childcare if the other wants to do an activity in which little people cannot be involved. This…

My elbow is hurting just a bit, but I am still smiling as I think of how I dinged it. Traveling through time is always a risky proposition under the best of circumstances; it is far more dangerous still when the floor is wet and you go blind every other second.

Now seems like a good time to write about something other than the election and the coronavirus. So how about a trip back in time, when things were simpler? I would like a share a story from my upcoming book, “Hello Chattanooga! Famous People Who Visited the Tennessee Valley.” The book will …

I can’t overemphasize the importance of checking out the claims made by politicians, yours or mine. And we must remember these guys are not there to inform us but to get our vote.

The most extreme case of social distancing the world has ever know was, ironically, in the very beginning of creation. God made the world, then made a man, Adam. That man was now fully alive and completely perfect in an absolutely flawless environment.

WASHINGTON — The presidential election count clearly shows Joe Biden winning, with nearly 80 million votes to President Donald Trump’s total of 73.6 million votes. That earns Biden 306 Electoral College votes to Trump’s tally of 232.

New rule: Once a political dispute reaches the Rudy Giuliani stage, there’s nothing left but punchlines. I’d say the same of Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing, a husband/wife team of Washington lawyers with a practice limited to right-wing talk shows. A desperate Boss Trump has recently add…

Archbishop Bashar Warda is a man of hope, humility, courage and defiance. Christians will stay in the Middle East, like it or not, he says — even if there is little or no room for them among Muslim leaders in the region.

Hello Thanksgiving, it seems like you’re running late. I can’t say that I blame you. Most of us have been hiding out at home, or behind our masks, so you can be excused for being a bit anti-social. Still, it’s nice having you around. The turkeys are smaller, and the gatherings are more intim…

Remember the debate over the meaning of the phrase “defund the police”? Repeated over and over on the progressive left, it seemed pretty clear — it meant that cities should no longer fund, and thus effectively abolish, their police forces. But some Democrats worried that embracing such a rad…

As far back as I can remember it has been “common knowledge” that our country’s economy is better during business-friendly Republican administrations. This is presumably due to the GOP’s policies of lower taxes, less regulation and reduced social spending. But on closer examination the recor…

“Are you celebrating?” The Uber driver's question took me a little off-guard. And then he may have gotten an earful from me. He was talking about the election. And my answer was “no.” There is nothing to celebrate when New York City was boarded up for election night, with the threat of viole…

Halloween has become a much-anticipated event at our house, and although it’s come and gone this year, the memories — and bounty — have lasted. We had a cat princess and a dinosaur ready to receive the bounty of candy that is characteristic of the church trunk-or-treats we frequent each year…

For the life of me I cannot seem to find the background and origin of the common phrase, “taking someone for a ride.” Everyone agrees that it is an idiomatic expression meaning to cheat or deceive someone, but no one can seem to tell me if it comes from the world of taxis, or buses, or some …

Cloud is where you store data on the Internet at some central spot or run applications at that same central spot. Data storage is the most popular thing to cloud, however many websites, applications, servers for organizations are on the cloud.

Displaying the same staggering incompetence that has led to hundreds of thousands of deaths during the COVID-19 epidemic, Boss Trump made two big tactical errors in his failed effort to keep the White House: First, he telegraphed his scheme to overturn the election, and then he waited too lo…

As we approach what some are calling the “dark winter” of this pandemic, I can only hope it is our one and only such winter. Like so many others, I’m hopeful that the Pfizer vaccine, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or whatever vaccine may follow, is indeed the magic bullet.

At long last, there is a projected winner of this year’s presidential election. Most voters I’ve talked to feel wrung out, exhausted from the suspense of an unusually drawn-out process. There’s an underlying tone of anxiety.

The immortal words of poet Emma Lazarus, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses” inscribed near the Statue of Liberty seem rather empty today in view of President Trump’s anti-immigrant stance. We Americans have generally accepted immigrants, but with reservations.

In its effort to challenge vote counts in key states, the Trump campaign has filed lots of lawsuits that have little chance of winning. But there is one suit that it should win — not only for the Trump campaign or the 2020 election, but for all elections in the future. It’s the court fight o…

Our president recently announced his plans to cut back on U.S. troop deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. And I’m sure this thrilled many Americans. But, truth known, our ground forces should probably have never been there in the first place, at least not in Iraq.

It’s been a long time since I’ve gone even a few hours without power. When we awoke on a recent Thursday morning after Tropical Storm Zeta, we were among many who lost power, so we sat tight. If nothing else, we thought, it would be a great experience for our kids to get a glimpse at how thi…

We had never done a Trunk or Treat at the church before. But, since so many others that normally do so had cancelled, we saw both a need and an opportunity and stepped up to do one. The office wing hallway got filled up with gobs of candy (and, while “gobs” likely does not have an actual, of…

You can change the time and date on your computer, but the best thing is to set it to automatic. That way when we go on and off daylight savings time it does it automatically. However, you may need to set the time zone as it is usually pre-set to Pacific time zone and most of my readers are …

“Blessed is the righteous judge.” Someone had painted this on the side of a building in lower Manhattan. It wasn’t the first of my encounters with memorials to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I passed this one, though, the night after the Girl Scouts were pressured into taking back their congratulation…

I have a friend named Ben. He’s in his 70s, is retired from a successful career, and leads a busy, fulfilling life. He’s endured a couple of health setbacks during the past ten years, including a cancer scare, but he has bounced back well. When we chatted recently, he asked, “Dave, how’re ya…

Everyone can see President Donald Trump’s rallies. In the final days of the campaign, he is jetting from swing state to swing state, drawing big crowds to outdoor airport events as he makes his closing argument for reelection.

If Boss Trump is headed for defeat, he’s getting his revenge early. His revenge upon his deluded supporters and the people they love, that is. Trump’s reelection campaign now consists mainly of what epidemiologists call “super-spreader” events: large-scale rallies of unmasked, non-socially d…

The NRA (National Republican Association?) warning that the government will break into our homes and take our rifles, shotguns and self-protection handguns is nothing but pure fear mongering.

As you may have heard by now, a group of young men from the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South and home to more Rhodes Scholars than a coon dog has fleas recently engaged in a scrum with a group of semi…

As I write this late at night in the relative quiet of my hotel room, I know that it is likely to “make a lot of noise” among some who will view my position on the subject as outdated, antiquated notions from a bygone era.