Our Most Challenging Issue – Two

The following is from the statement “The Vision of Race Unity: America’s Most Challenging Issue”, published by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States. This is the national guiding body for...

Our Most Challenging Issue – One

This is the first of a series on the issue of race unity, in which I’d like to share some thoughts on a facet of our national life that is yet a source of social...

Well-Informed Electorate Take Two

I’d like to talk about elections. No, not the mind-numbing chaos of the current presidential elections—which will no doubt affect the congressional elections to come, and traumatize anyone old enough to grasp what’s going on....

A Well-Informed Electorate?

Anyone who knows me knows that journalistic integrity and accurate communication is an obsession of mine. Especially in complex situations where the simplicity of soundbites contributes much to the functional illiteracy of our society. In...

Is Love All We Need?

The Beatles sang that “All you need is love.” Out on Medium today someone argued that when it comes to racial prejudice, this is not true. I think they’re right and wrong. It depends, I...

Facts, Damn Facts, and Factoids

You may have heard it stated as fact recently that “a 2011 report from the Government Accountability Office found that illegal immigrants and other non-citizens, in our prisons and jails together, had around 25,000 homicide...

Wrong + Wrong does not equal Right

There’s an idea making the rounds of social media, blogs and news reports that all Muslims in a given area know about any jihadists among them and simply aren’t talking. As one public figure put...

Please Don’t Feed the Animals/Children

The following is an official commentary that appeared on a politician’s Facebook page recently: “The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing this year the greatest amount of...

Grrr … Argh … Rhetoric and Reality

Let’s write a reality check. I’ve heard a number of times over the past several months from news sources trusted by a great number of Americans, from pundits and political operatives and from a moderator...