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 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

We could us a little optimism; here's some

A century ago, people in the Western world were excited about the future. The automobile was coming online, and the Wright brothers put an internal combustion engine on their flying machine and were performing demonstrations... — Updated 10/26/2022

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Don't relapse into eugenics

In the early part of the 20th century, some people developed the notion that they could improve society by preventing undesirable people from reproducing. They called their idea eugenics, which means the good gene. The concept... — Updated 8/31/2022

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Restore the role of the U.S. Congress

Congress has gradually surrendered its law-making role to the President, to the Supreme Court, and to the state governments. That isn’t working well. Early in the American experience the founders of our government realized that... — Updated 7/27/2022

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

One Nation, Indivisible

Some of us grew up reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in school every day. The words “one nation, indivisible” are a potent memory. Are those words history? The thirteen colonies declared their independence from England on... — Updated 6/15/2022

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Even these unusual times are comparatively good

I recently had one of those annual medical examinations. While waiting for the doctor, I was required to provide answers on a questionnaire. “Have you ever had this or that medical issue?” Finally, the questionnaire posed a set... — Updated 3/2/2022

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

A little helpful background on Ukraine

Europeans have invaded Russia twice. Napoleon invaded Russia with a force of close to half a million troops. He advanced to Moscow, but the Russian government had relocated. The brutal Russian winter arrived, and Napoleon’s army... — Updated 2/23/2022

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I try to avoid questionable sources of information, but I came across some gossip on Elf Net that I am obliged to pass along to you. It seems that Santa will be delivering by robot this year, and some really bad grinch is... — Updated 12/15/2021

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Wake up or break up!

For centuries people struggled to determine whether citizens would be governed by the Catholic Church or by civil governments, whether they would be ruled by hereditary monarchies or by elected governments, whether enslaved by fasc... — Updated 11/24/2021

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

What can a military force defeat?

United States armed forces have superior morale, leadership, training, and weapons systems. After the Vietnam era, the U.S. military resolved to never again become engaged in that type of quagmire. Efforts were made to develop pro... — Updated 9/29/2021

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Withdrawal symptoms

The video portraying an American Air Force plane moving on a runway with a mob of Afghani citizens running beside the aircraft and some on the outside of the aircraft presented an embarrassing image of America’s withdrawal from... — Updated 8/25/2021

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

A plague of ignorance

I offer, here, a few words of history that were overlooked when you were in school.  Diseases have been master killers throughout human history. There was no defense against the misery, death, and sorrow until modern medical... — Updated 7/28/2021

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Cooperation needed to keep what we began on Independence Day

Americans paid a high price to obtain and maintain our freedom and independence. Americans have also paid a high price to help other countries maintain their independence. Those achievements required teamwork. In the wake of WW... — Updated 6/30/2021

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

The captain who took the ship down with him

President “only I” committed political suicide during the final days of his term. Unfortunately, the pirate captain took the Republican ship down with him. His hour long, January 2nd, phone rant to Georgia Secretary of... — Updated 1/13/2021

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Believe it or not

During the long history of human existence, we have relied on belief. It was the only system that existed for most people. There was no repository of reliable information. Belief is embedded in our heritage. Belief gives us... — Updated 12/30/2020

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Will the real Republican Party please stand?

America needs a Republican Party that represents ordinary people and solves extraordinary problems. That would be a political party whose policies command a clear majority of votes cast in a national election. The Republican... — Updated 9/23/2020

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Policies or personalities?

What makes good government? Many of us would probably contend that we have taken a recess from good government. Sometimes we learn more during recess than we do in the classroom. Polls indicate that our confidence in the way our... — Updated 1/29/2020

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Water problems

We have two kinds of water problems: too much and not enough. The oceans cover 70 percent of our planet, and they contain 97 percent of the water on Earth. Samuel Coleridge in the Rime of the Ancient Mariner: “Water, water every... — Updated 7/31/2019

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

What's wrong with universal health care?

Few things are more important to people than good health. Healthy citizens are a vital foundation for a prosperous society. The need for healthcare is universal. The need starts even before we are born. Prenatal care is vital... — Updated 4/24/2019

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Communications crisis

There are biblical references to false statements and rumors. It is not a new issue, but currently the problem is amplified by an electronic twist. The printed word on paper has been a mainstay of the American experience since... — Updated 5/30/2018

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Color me red, white, and blue

Some politicians, pundits, and lobbyists launched vile attacks on the student survivors of the mass murder at a school in Parkland, Florida. That seems counterintuitive, since we usually exhibit sympathy toward innocent victims.... — Updated 5/2/2018

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Needed: political marksmanship

John W. Schoen, CNBC, wrote in a June 2016 article that “the National Shooting Sports Foundation estimates there are roughly 5 million to 10 million AR-15 rifles [privately] owned in the United States. . . .” The U.S.... — Updated 3/28/2018

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Women overcoming belief barriers

Science has given us the ability to know things. Before the era of science, that being most of human history, people could only believe or not believe many things. Still true. But some things can be proved. For example, water... — Updated 1/10/2018

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

The license for war

In the 1700s, when weapons of war were still primitive, the Founders of our constitution were wise enough to know that war could ruin nations, and they gave the congress the sole authority to declare war. Congress last declared... — Updated 12/6/2017

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Whose election is it?

 — Updated 11/22/2017

 
 By Jack Stevenson    Opinion

Divide and fight

At the close of World War II, the winners (the Allies) divided Germany into east and west Germany, Korea into north and south Korea, and Vietnam into north and south Vietnam.  The division of Germany produced a threat of military... — Updated 9/20/2017

 

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