Behold the 12%

In a recent survey, 12% of respondents supported storming the Capitol on January 6th. We should be grateful the number is this low, with all the intentional polarization we’re struggling beneath these days. And it confirms my own estimates. From years of...

President and Press

There has been an oft-repeated claim that President Trump has been hounded by the press from day one. That’s a subjective statement I don’t think is worth disagreeing with. But let’s recognize it an apologetic attempt to explain why so many...

Time For a New Political Party

{Reprint of an editorial by Bruce E. Kenney, used with permission. Was published in the Olean Times, December 26.2020} To Rep. Tom Reed, in the late 1980s, as a Democrat, I ran against state Sen. Jess Present. I was unsuccessful, but during the campaign and after, I...

Indictment of a Figurehead

So many times these last three years I waited for uniting, encouraging words over tragedies and challenges, not unmeasured rallying. Deaths of respected leaders used to be mourned, putting aside political differences for the healing of a nation. When challenged or...

Culture War? We Need To Do Better.

{by Ryan S. Bonnett, reposted with permission from Facebook} I’d say that I need a break from politics, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. Politics is the back and forth negotiation where our representatives ostensibly negotiate on our behalf, mixed with...