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A closer look at Obama’s applause lines

By Ralph R. Reiland
Here is the official text of President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union speech, beginning with the speechwriters’ initial applause lines: “Tonight, after a breakthrough year for America, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since ...

Of fatwas & snowmen

By Ralph R. Reiland
You hear some funny and unsolicited commentary when you write a weekly column. The best last week was from Dominic, a retiree I cross paths with from time to time at a breakfast place. “Did you see Putin wants to ...

Violence & civil rights

By Ralph R. Reiland
“Law-enforcement sources said protesters displayed photos of slain cops Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu while chanting slogans comparing the NYPD to the KKK,” the New York Post reported. Such chants reveal an ignorance of even the most basic facts ...

Flawed surges

By Ralph R. Reiland
On Jan. 10, 2007, President Bush in a nationally televised address announced major changes in the direction and tactics of America’s failing policy in Iraq. “This will require increasing American force levels, so I’ve committed more than 20,000 additional troops ...

The new ‘Killing Fields’

By Ralph R. Reiland
As I’m starting to write this, the morning news isn’t much different from what we’ve been hearing for the past few months. “Tense scenes in Missouri after police shoot another black teen” was the headline on a morning news report ...

Hillary, it’s the economy

By Ralph R. Reiland
Even with the heightened partisanship prior to the midterm elections, Democrats and Republicans alike put two issues — the economy and jobs — at the top of their lists of concerns, according to Gallup’s Sept. 25-30 survey. “Clearly, the two ...

Wars & the opioid epidemic

By Ralph R. Reiland
U.S. fatalities totaled 4,489 in Iraq, 2003 through 2014, an average of 408 fatalities per year. U.S. fatalities totaled 2,354 in Afghanistan, 2001 through 2014, an average of 181 fatalities per year. That’s a total of 6,843 U.S. deaths — 69 ...

Beyond the ‘glossy veneer’

By Ralph R. Reiland
Joan Didion is “possibly the best living American essayist and probably the most influential,” wrote New York magazine columnist Boris Kacha in his 2011 column on Didion’s work. “Reading Joan Didion on any subject is like tiptoeing across a just-frozen ...

Ferguson in black & white

By Ralph R. Reiland
The debate about the shooting of Michael Brown by police Officer Darren Wilson got heated on the Nov. 23 broadcast of NBC’s “Meet the Press” in an exchange between former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Michael Eric Dyson, ...

It’s still about the economy

By Ralph R. Reiland
“Job Growth, but No Raises” was the editorial headline in The New York Times on Nov. 8, four days after the midterm elections. For many voters, “No Raises” was a good-enough reason to take President Obama down a peg and ...

Yes, he is a Richman

By Ralph R. Reiland
Richie Richman is a name that perfectly describes the well-heeled financial position of Mr. Richman. It’s like the name that fit Tom Crapper, the man whom many credit with inventing the modern toilet. In fact, Mr. Crapper was a plumber ...

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