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“COLUMNIST WITH A VIEW” TO CEASE PUBLICATION – Editor

It is with considerable painful regret that we announce that, effective the end of October, 2017, we will cease publication of COLUMNIST WITH A VIEW. Simply put, we can no longer afford the costs associated with this grand endeavor. On a retirement income, with increasing personal expenses, it seems a good step. Sometimes, it seems, dreams simply do not come true! We are pleased and proud that we reached readers throughout the entire United States and over 15,000 users around the world with timely, interesting and important pieces of writing. We have a few articles “in the hopper,” which we hope to get into the webzine before the end of publication. Our thanks and appreciation to all of the writers and contributors who supported this effort. If you enjoyed the webzine and would like to comment, we would be delighted to hear from you at:  amsmilt@windstream.net... read more

I’VE ALWAYS WONDERED by Beth Rankin

I’ve always wondered how people going through an upheaval actually emotionally dealt with the hardship of seeing their world as they knew it collapse and assume there was nothing they could do but hold on and ride the waves. Sort of how it feels now.   We have two unstable national leaders playing a game of chicken. We have a Congress that seems to forget who put them there. We have a series of natural events coming fast and furious with hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires needing attention. We have a huge segment of our population who is hiding as much as they can, not earning a living, because they are on a list to be removed and sent away. We have Germany perhaps having their first elected fascists since the destruction of the Third Reich coming this weekend. We have Britain’s Prime Minister trying to delay the departure from the European Union because since the vote more people know it’s a bad idea. We have the US involved in wars We the People know little about. We have military veterans coming home in emotional states that clearly show that war is hell and they were not prepared for it. We have a segment of our population who seem to think they are above average while they line up with the rest of the sheep to support the 1%. We have two major political parties that are dysfunctional and do not remember that this nation’s Constitution begins with “We the People.” I could go on and on. So, I have always loved to read and reading fictionalized or nonfiction accounts... read more

“WE MIGHT NOT RECOVER”: by Neil deGrasse Tyson

‘We might not recover’: Neil deGrasse Tyson gets emotional and sounds the alarm. All the alarms. –by Jen Hayden Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson joined CNN’s Fareed Zakaria to discuss the massive, record-setting hurricanes that have been pummeling Texas, Florida and the Caribbean in recent weeks and he is sounding the alarm. All the climate change alarms, even wondering if we’ve reached the point now where we might not be able to recover. It’s a sobering interview that all should see. The full interview an transcript are below. The time to act is right now.ZAKARIA: So what role did climate change play in the ferocious strength of hurricane Irma and the intense flooding caused by Irma and Harvey? Well, on Monday, U.S. Homeland Security adviser refused to say whether climate change had been a factor or Irma’s strength at all. The head of the EPA, Scott Pruitt, has told CNN in advance of Irma’s landfall that it was insensitive to talk about climate change right now. How should we think about an event like this and the broader issue of science and public policy? To help me understand the impact of all of this, Neil deGrasse Tyson joins me. He is, of course, the author of the best-seller Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and much, much more. Neil, you’re not a climate scientist but you’re a very distinguished scientist and astrophysicist. What do you think about when people say, look, this is not settled science, there are still questions about Einstein’s theories that led to nuclear fission but we still know that there are nuclear power plants do operate... read more

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TRUMP TRUMPS THE SCANDALS OF PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATIONS by Milt Hankins

TRUMP TRUMPS THE SCANDALS OF PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATIONS by Milt Hankins

Almost no presidential administration has escaped the taint of a scandal or two. Scandal substantially tarnished the administrations of Ulysses S. Grant and Warren G. Harding. More recently, most of us recall Watergate, Whitewater/Lewinsky, and Iran-Contra. I selected only a few to make my point. I could have mentioned many more. Readers can google “Presidential Scandals.” Seth Cline, a staff writer with U.S. News and World Report, began his article “The 7 Worst U.S. Presidential Scandals” (March 1, 2017) mentioning Grant. If you research Trump administration scandals, you will discover a hefty list of Trump’s disgraces, and you will realize these articles have been published in the first eight or nine months of his presidency. We may have three more years to go. Simply untenable! We should have done more than raise our eyebrows when, from the beginning of the Trump administration, nepotism (“favoritism shown to relatives in appointing them to jobs”) reared its ugly head. Nepotism is illegal (see 5 U.S. Code #3110, Sub-Part B: “A public official may not appoint, employ, promote, advance, or advocate for appointment, employment, promotion or advancement, in or to a civilian position in the agency in which he is serving or over which he exercises jurisdiction or control any individual who is a relative of the public official.”) The responsibilities President Trump has given to his son-in-law Jared Kushner and his daughter Ivanka will prove extremely troublesome. Kushner is already a major subject of current investigations by the Congress. He and Donald Jr. are also under scrutiny for their involvement in questionable meetings with Russian operatives. According to an article in Politico... read more

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A PASTOR DESCENDED FROM ROBERT E. LEE FORCED TO LEAVE CHURCH AFTER SPEAKING OUT AGAINST RACISM by Ursula Faw

A PASTOR DESCENDED FROM ROBERT E. LEE FORCED TO LEAVE CHURCH AFTER SPEAKING OUT AGAINST RACISM by Ursula Faw

A descendant of Robert E. Lee spoke these words at the MTV Video Awards last month in the immediate aftermath of Charlottesville: “My name is Robert Lee IV, I’m a descendant of Robert E. Lee, the Civil War general whose statue was the center of violence in Charlottesville. We have made my ancestor an idol of white supremacy, racism, and hate. As a pastor, it is my moral duty to speak out against racism, America’s original sin. “Today, I call on all of us with privilege and power to answer God’s call to confront racism and white supremacy head-on. We can find inspiration in the Black Lives Matter movement, the women who marched int he Women’s March in January, and, especially, Heather Heyer, who died fighting for her beliefs in Charlottesville.” Long story short, his North Carolina congregants didn’t like what he had to say on national television and they decided to take a vote on whether he should remain as their pastor. Lee took the hint and issued this statement: “I regret that speaking out has caused concern and pain to my church. For this is [sic] I offer my heartfelt apology. I understand that my views could be considered to be controversial. I never sought this sort of attention. But, I do believe in God’s role in calling out for positive social change for the good of all. We are all called by God to speak out against hate and evil in all its many forms. There are so many good things going on with this congregation and I do not want my fight to detract from... read more

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“COLUMNIST WITH A VIEW” TO CEASE PUBLICATION – Editor

“COLUMNIST WITH A VIEW” TO CEASE PUBLICATION – Editor

It is with considerable painful regret that we announce that, effective the end of October, 2017, we will cease publication of COLUMNIST WITH A VIEW. Simply put, we can no longer afford the costs associated with this grand endeavor. On a retirement income, with increasing personal expenses, it seems a good step. Sometimes, it seems, dreams simply do not come true! We are pleased and proud that we reached readers throughout the entire United States and over 15,000 users around the world with timely, interesting and important pieces of writing. We have a few articles “in the hopper,” which we hope to get into the webzine before the end of publication. Our thanks and appreciation to all of the writers and contributors who supported this effort. If you enjoyed the webzine and would like to comment, we would be delighted to hear from you at:  amsmilt@windstream.net... read more