Contemporary Concerns


THE TIME HAS COME! by Milt Hankins, Publisher/Editor

I wish I were telling you about the marvelous success we continue to have at this point in the publication of Columnist With a View; but, unfortunately I’m not about that this evening. I’m deeply saddened because it’s all over. During the  two and a half years of publishing and editing our webzine, we did have some enormous successes. We were able to give voice all around the United States and abroad to so many who might never have been read. It was a great joy to do that. We published articles, stories and poetry from people who never expected ever to be published; and, we brought a smile to the faces of many who contributed to and read our on-line magazine. For the past six months, Deborah and I have been wracking our brains to figure out how we could continue to afford to publish; but the truth is, we came to the place where we simply could no longer handle the expenses without going into our meager savings. We almost literally begged for help, even establishing a Go Fund Me account, but the balance came to $10.00 which I…I mean myself…contributed as “seed” money. We tried a Facebook Fund account, but they did not accept us. Let’s face it, I love Columnist With a View, and I believe it made a real contribution to many, many people who enjoyed it. It was a life-long dream, and I absolutely hate to give it up. But, as I pointed out to Deb, even some big New York magazines have folded because they could no longer support themselves! Not saying we... read more


To be honest, it’s difficult to write about Donald Trump when it comes to his salacious activities toward women. Do the words that come to mind fit? Misogynist (hatred of women)? Rapist (having sexual intercourse with a woman by use of force)? I’m not sure there is any legally-documented proof of rape. I suppose I could call Trump a womanizer; that is, one who seeks the company of women for sexual purposes. Most likely, he could be classified, a woman working on her master’s degree in social work explained to me, as a deviant, serial sexual harasser. Sixteen or more women have accused Trump of sexual harassment. In light of the following, I can’t believe they have done so for fifteen minutes of fame. As a matter of fact, because of the cover-ups, most of us couldn’t name a single one of the women, but we all know the proclivities of Donald J. Trump! An article by David A. Graham in The Atlantic (January 23, 2017) reported: “…a few days before Trump’s inauguration, former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos sued him in New York State, accusing the president of defamation.” Zervos was one of several women who, prior to the election, accused Trump of sexual assault or misconduct. “She claims that he kissed her and pressed his genitals against her non-consensually.” Of course, Trump denied the claims, saying all the women had fabricated their stories. “‘I wanted to give Mr. Trump the opportunity to retract his false statements about me and the other women who came forward,’ Zervos said. She added that she would withdraw the suit if Trump said... read more

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When Republicans find themselves in hot water, they dredge up an old Clinton scandal. For months we heard nothing but Benghazi. Since it was determined that Hillary Clinton couldn’t have prevented the Benghazi tragedy and the Republicans won the 2016 election, Benghazi became a dead issue. As the Trump-Russia scandal gains momentum and indictments (also arrests) have been issued by the Mueller Investigation, the Republicans have turned to an old Clinton “scandal” that really isn’t a scandal at all I’m talking about the Uranium One deal, which we’ll be hearing about ad nauseam in the coming months. On Nov. 14, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions “raised the possibility that a special counsel may be appointed to investigate potential wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation, specifically suggestions that a U.S. government panel approved the sale of a large uranium firm to Russian interests in exchange for donations to the foundation.” This is the issue. Recently, as the Mueller investigation gains momentum, conservative media and President Donald Trump have focused on the Uranium One deal to divert attention. Briefly, the deal concerns the sale of a Canadian company, Uranium One, which has uranium holdings int he U.S., to Russia’s nuclear energy agency, Rosatom. The transaction took place in several states “beginning in 2009 when Rosatom purchased a minority stake in Uranium One” (remember it’s a Canadian company). Then, in 2010, Rosatom obtained 51 percent share of the company, and in 2013, a third purchase gave full ownership of Uranium One to Rosatom. The controversy revolves around the State Department signing off on Rosatom’s purchase and the fact that several of Uranium One’s... read more





Let’s face it. Human beings generally prefer familiar environments and people. We seem to be wired that way. Infants smile earliest and most frequently at their mothers’ faces. People often choose to live in areas where people look, think and talk like themselves. With an innate tendency to seek commonalities with others, people often have to be reminded that those who are different aren’t bad, but rather dissimilar. However, it is rather easy to convince individuals that different is dangerous and encourage hate. It’s been done for ages and when leaders, such as President Trump, take this stance, followers who knew it wasn’t acceptable to show their prejudices recognize that it’s now fine to let their “inner” hate out. It’s not that we Americans previously haven’t expressed our utter dislike for those of other racial and religious groups. Native Americans were first to receive such treatment. African-Americans had to deal with slavery, inhumane treatment and lynchings. We wanted Asians to build our transcontinental railroads, but we didn’t want them to live here. When many Irish and Italian Catholics and European Jews began arriving, they were not welcome. Economic stressors often give rise to prejudice and racial and religious hate. There is a fear that “those different people” will take over their work opportunities or social values. It’s what is playing out now and what led to America’s more restrictive immigration laws in the 1920s. The same fears provided a rationale for Hitler’s rise to power after that country’s WWI loss. Hitler was able to convince millions of good Germans that Germans who were Jewish and who had resided in... read more