Ralph Reiland

Tragedy amid fear & mayhem

The scenario has become all too familiar: CNN cameras in the night streets covering the anger, violence, looting of businesses and trashing of police vehicles ...

Old friends surveyed, Part II

Well, I looked younger than anyone there. Sitting at the bar before the party, I heard the same thing from two people entering the restaurant: ...

'I can't recall'

Whether it's a recollection disability or, more craftily, a way to hide indictable shenanigans, Mrs. Clinton has a lengthy history of well-timed and self-serving memory ...

The slippery slope to the White House

The favorable ratings for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, respectively, were 34 percent and 26 percent in the latest Monmouth University poll. Both candidates, in ...

Polarization, line-cutting & Trump

In the article "I spent 5 years with some of Trump's biggest fans," in the September/ October issue of Mother Jones, Arlie Russell Hochschild sums up ...

Cracked at the top

Anecdotally, word on the street isn't very upbeat about the state of American politics. A typical analysis: "It's crazy how we're ending up with one ...

Paine's prescription for America

Persuaded in London by Pennsylvania agent Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine emigrated to America in 1774. Primarily self-educated, and more up-and-coming than well-heeled, Paine had apprenticed ...

Lousy choices

I can tell when things are getting nuts politically by my incoming emails. One recent email said I was too tea party and insufficiently pro-Obama: ...

Hillary's flawed economics

Overall, business investments are directly correlated with higher levels of job creation, better wages, less destitution and more economic security. That's a basic fact from ...

Left-wing populism?

To kick off the customary rich-versus-poor theme at tonight's opening of the Democratic National Convention, it'll be no surprise if a speaking slot goes to ...

Cops, blacks & deadly force

"Analysis Finds No Racial Bias in Lethal Force" states the headline on a front-page New York Times article on July 11. The report summarizes a ...