I am thankful for a free press and competent journalists who keep me apprised of world events. A free press and competent journalists also play a critical role in our democratic society. They help us ensure transparency and accountability with regard to our public servants and institutions. Last month I was at home watching an … More A FREE PRESS


Obama ranked 12th best president by historians in new C-SPAN poll Often history, and in this case, historians are kinder to past presidents than their contemporaries are while they are in office. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/02/20/obama-ranked-12th-best-president-historians-new-c-span-poll/98149240/ When Barak Obama took the oath of office eight years ago he was somewhat unknown to me as a person. I decided … More PRESIDENTS DAY 2017

Oregon Nation

I remember leaving home sometime mid-afternoon. Many laborious hours had been spent packing and preparing the home-front for an extended absence. The Edge loaded, we were off on our next adventure. I recollect arriving at our destination in the dark of night. When I awoke the next morning and looked out the window there was … More Oregon Nation


My previous visit to the place of my roots in Ontario Canada was in 2009 on the occasion of my uncle’s funeral. This past December I returned again to help officiate at my mother’s memorial service. The main thoroughfare from Toronto’s international airport to my former home of Kitchener is Highway 401. It is known … More NAFTA IS THE WALL


President Obama’s Parting Gift Article II of the Constitution defines the responsibilities and powers of the executive branch of the federal government. Within that Article, it states that the president “shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.” Granting reprieves and pardons is an … More MERCY TRIUMPHS