Joseph Mistick

It's a campaign, not mortal combat

"I am not a member of any organized party — I am a Democrat," said Will Rogers, the Depression-era street philosopher and social pundit. It ...

The graveyard of excess political loyalty

When actor Abe Vigoda died last week, he left us with a lot of smiles and one crisp memory of the importance of loyalty. Among ...

The stuff of life: Lessons from Flint

As Albert Szent-Gyorgyi once said, "Water is life's mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water." The Hungarian biochemist and Nobel ...

Football and politics

Whether life imitates sports or vice versa, last week's playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals showed that presidential politics and professional ...

The Do-Nothings' slavish fealty to the NRA

In the mid-19th century, the nativist Know-Nothing Party surged to national prominence, promoting an anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic agenda that threatened American values. The party had a ...

True friends

When the 94-year-old Greenfield Bridge was imploded last week, some of the neighbors said it was like "losing an old friend." For decades, it had ...

'Pentocostal fire' & America's future

It always is best to approach a New Year with hope. If the past year was a good one, you always can hope the next ...

The lesson of the Christmas dishes

They said that the neighborhood lady was a little bit kooky.She lived with her husband and kids in a tiny post-war bungalow, built in one ...

Donald Trump, a betting man

In the 1983 hit movie "Trading Places," two aging, wealthy brothers decide to settle an argument over whether nature or nurture shapes a person's success. ...

Words to live by

Words inspire. Words incite. Words always have mattered. But social media and cable news channels have made them more powerful than ever. Every utterance — ...

Truth be told

"The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels. It is always the false ones that look the most real, ...