Melania Trump and Jill Biden are a study in contrasts

Hammonton, N.J., and Novo Mesto, Slovenia are 4,334 miles apart in distance and light-years apart in culture. The new First Lady of the United States, Jill Jacobs Biden, and the current first lady, Melania Knavs (Knauss) Trump, are as different as the places of their birth. They are also 19 years apart in age, 69 […]

Only losers and suckers will vote for Trump

EDITOR’S NOTE: Our week in review column, Trumplandia, has been pushed to tomorrow in order to continue uninterrupted coverage of Donald Trump’s disrespect for America’s military. Trumplandia will return to its regular Saturday slot next week. By DEBORAH QUINN HENSEL Americans who died in war are “losers and suckers” according to the commander-in-chief, who never […]

The true meaning of patriotism

My great-uncle, U.S. Marine Corps Private William L. Brasfield, also known as Lee, died long before I was born, but I heard all the stories. As a young man, he enlisted because he believed that was what a patriot was supposed to do. For a while, he wrote fascinating letters home to rural Alabama about […]

Democratic stars scrap for a chance to lead us out of the darkness

It wasn’t exactly the level of TV drama that draws droves of people to tune  in like “The Bachelorette,” “Survivor,” or the “Dallas” era of “Who shot J.R. Ewing?” Nonetheless, the verbal battles provided by the Democratic candidates for president Tuesday and Wednesday in Detroit were informative, entertaining and definitely “must-see TV” for voters. Nobody […]

How the hell did we get here?

A lot of nights lately, I find it hard to sleep. I think about those poor children in the immigration camps huddled together on a concrete floor ––miserable because of inadequate sanitation, no medical care, drinking water from toilets like dogs, and in their fear, having no one but each other to hug and comfort. […]

Liar, Liar, pants on fire: Prevaricator in Chief can’t stop telling whoppers

“No president ever worked harder than me (cleaning up the mess I inherited).” This is what the Prevaricator in Chief tweeted on Monday, Feb. 11, trying to counteract information about his work schedule leaked over the preceding weekend by the news media source Axios. Obtaining his daily work schedule, Axios reported that Trump frequently spends […]

How to behave at a state funeral

Rules of etiquette are among the first things a child is taught in order to participate in civilized society. Don’t chew with your mouth open. Say “please” and “thank you.” Don’t interrupt when someone else is speaking. Those are among the basics. At the next level, eventually everyone has to learn the rules of etiquette […]

Repairing the flag

My husband and I have a weekend cabin in the Texas Hill Country — in a very rural, red, Republican county where more than 56 percent of the voters in the 2016 general election chose the Turnip. (A friend on a diet once told me potatoes and corn are both vegetables and therefore, healthy. That’s […]

Your president may be making you sick

When listening to people (sentient adults who actually voted) talk about the evil clown who somehow wormed his way into the Oval Office, I hear them say they’re angry about the way he’s rolled back critical regulations protecting our waterways and our bank accounts. I hear them say they’re disgusted with his Cabinet choices. And […]

Trump and Putin: Dangerous bromance

Just like a stack of nesting Matryoshka dolls, the alleged bromance between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin is a complex, multi-layered, often sordid tale. Peel away the outer shell of one breaking news story about the Trump administration’s connection to Russia and you find another. And another. And another. We can’t […]