“Voters quickly forget what a man says.” — Richard Nixon Politicians are always keenly aware that their tenure in office often hinges on the mood of the electorate. But politicians have always understood that a scandal would end their career, or at the very least, put it on life support. Government officials knew this was … Continue reading Nobody likes a quitter — even in politics
Films are one of my favorite parts of modern culture. They tell us so much about our society, people, and ourselves. Good films, like any piece of art, should make the audience feel something. And if a two hour film can somehow draw out emotion, that’s an accomplishment. In this post, I want to … Continue reading Great Cinema: Four Films Worth Watching
So, my last post pertaining to the exit of Marshall University’s key administrators received more attention than I thought it might. However, I was pleasantly surprised when Patrick Farrell, Chair of Marshall’s Board of Governors, reached out to ask if I would like to have coffee and discuss the changes coming to Huntington. Yesterday, I … Continue reading Marshall, Interrupted: A brief follow-up
Marshall University is the second largest institution of higher learning in West Virginia, with a rich tradition dating back to 1837. The school originated as a private school, and soon transformed to a public school for teacher preparation. In the early 20th century, Marshall became a college with expansive programs and in 1961, the state … Continue reading Marshall, Interrupted: Death Does Come in Threes
Maybe it seems like petty politics, or junior high-ish. You accept it because it has become the norm. But it’s a problem that erodes the politics in the United States and it is pervasive, to say the least. Name calling and labeling now constitutes a major problem in the political landscape that serves only to … Continue reading Political Pejoratives: Name-calling in America
Last month, the Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments in a case which will define free speech rights for public schools students for the foreseeable future. The current case before the Court, Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., addresses the plight of Brandi Levy. In 2017, Levy was a freshman at Mahanoy … Continue reading Shut up, kid: Free Speech in Schools
The United States Congress is undoubtedly one of the most peculiar legislative bodies in the world. Writers of the Constitution established two unique houses within its legislative branch, each with its own modes of election, representations, differing qualifications, and purposes. Though both houses must pass any bill for it to become a law, the … Continue reading End the filibuster
“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” — Mike Tyson, former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was asked about an upcoming fight with Evander Holyfield, another great heavyweight champion, specifically as to how Tyson would try to disrupt Holyfield’s fight plan. This is when Tyson uttered his now famous maxim about … Continue reading Punched in the mouth: No scripted presidency for Biden
After a jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of second degree murder, third degree murder, and manslaughter, the focus of the nation will likely move elsewhere. Yet, the matter of race in America deserves more consideration. In numerous instances in the past, black Americans died under the most suspicious of circumstances … Continue reading You may not be a racist, but …
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