Month: July 2018

One of the definitions of civility is “the act of showing regard for others,” and that is how I see it. It is a synonym for politeness. But it is more than that. Politeness can be perfunctory with an air of detachment, as is the case with much learned behavior. Civility is about being considerate, […]

There seems to be widespread disagreement over just how bad things are nowadays on the home front, whether they rank among the most divisive times or pretty ordinary or downright inspiring. I see little of inspiration from either the White House or Capitol Hill, but apparently some do. The key here are the two words […]

The amazing thing about the mass shooting last week at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, MD, is that it didn’t happen sooner at another newspaper. It marked the mass shooting No. 154 since the summer of 1966, with a mass shooting defined as one person fatally shooting and killing at least four people in a […]

I am consistently drawn to two critical periods of the past — the American Civil War and World War II. They are fascinating because they beg you to try to understand, in the former, why the subjugation of other human beings, slavery, became a way of life in parts of our country and tolerated by […]

When Wyalusing (PA) School Superintendent Jason Bottiglieri gave his State of the School District presentation recently, I was struck by one number — $600,000. That is what it is cost this rural district for students within the district who are receiving their education via cyber charter schools. Dr. Bottiglieri expects that expenditure to surpass $1 […]

The list of those to whom we pay homage on Memorial Day includes all veterans who died in service, whatever the circumstances, and those who came home from their war and have since been laid to rest. That’s why many cemeteries place flags on all veterans’ graves for Memorial Day. My father and my father-in-law, […]

I remember Hubert Humphrey as a jolly old politico who served as Vice President of the United States and then lost to Richard Nixon in the 1968 presidential election. I wasn’t quite old enough to vote then and memories of him are vague, but I do remember him for using the expression “pleased as punch.” […]