Ralph Reiland

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 ...

Fresh flounder, Jersey corn & an immigrant couple's legacy

SEA ISLE, N.J. Dinner doesn't get any better at the Jersey shore than the locally caught flounder, steamed in a sauce of butter, garlic ...

A populist rebellion

"Around the world, voices cry out: Power To The People" blared a recent cover of the New York Post, spotlighting Britain's historic vote to split ...

Gone fishing

SEA ISLE, N.J. The local sharks, obligingly playing their part again this year in the South Jersey Shark Tournament, were biting like crazy. Incentivizing the ...

Bloodbaths for purification

In her 2006 profile of writer Oriana Fallaci in The New Yorker, Margaret Talbot writes that Fallaci interviewed the world's most powerful figures, from Yasser ...

A downshifting job market

Signaling a substantial weakening in what's already the slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression, as measured by growth in economic output, the American economy ...