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

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 were a big New York magazine–oh, you know what I mean. It’s no disgrace to fail in the publishing business.

So, we’re folding it up. I suppose it might stay on-line for a period of time–I don’t know. It depends on when our domain shuts down for lack of payment or our IT guy shuts it down for lack of payment. Today, we cancelled the automatic payment for our IT guy. Roosevelt, thanks so much for all you did to keep us going, but we just can’t do it anymore.

Thanks, folks, for all your contributions and your readership and your “shares” and your helping us grow to 20,000 people around the globe!

There is still one hope. I might decide to do all of the set-up work myself through a blog-site and still write. I think anyone can do that without all the expense of purchasing a domain name and having someone maintain it. I’ll have to talk about it with some friends who have a blog. We’ll see.  Bye-bye!



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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 she had been truthful. That seems unlikely, since a spokeswoman dismissed the suit immediately.”



As I write, a “professional escort,” known professionally as Stormy Daniels, is alleging a tryst with Trump, although she is being very coy about the nature of her engagement with him. “However, a fellow porn star Alana Evans claims that she knows the two had a sexual encounter because Daniels told her about it the next morning. Even though Trump has–why wouldn’t he?–denied the affair, Evans revealed some pretty shocking details about what she says he wanted her to do and what Daniels told her the following day.”

Slate’s Jacob Weisbert stated in his article that he was in touch with Daniels, who stated then-candidate Donald Trump “was willing to buy her silence on a year-long affair the two had a decade ago, when he was newly married to Melania Trump. Daniels told the journalist her and Trump’s lawyer “had worked out a six-figure “fee,” though the presidential candidate was dragging his feet on the final details, which is seemingly why she confirmed the relationship to a reporter, using it as an insurance policy.” If the news accounts are accurate, it appears that Trump reluctantly forked over $130,000!

I point out these are only two examples of many; but, it’s pretty hard to dismiss the unsavory stories that have surfaced in view of Trump’s own “Access Hollywood” tapes. An unedited transcript of this incident can be found in the New York Times, 2016, Election edition. It was broadly telecast on video at the time, however, and very few people have failed to see and hear it. 

During the exchange, Trump was clearly heard saying, “You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss,” he was telling Billy Bush of Access Hollywood fame, “I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything….Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.”

Folks, I present to you the “godly” man who is President of the United States!

[All of the sources for the information contained in this article are cited in the article. Milt Hankins, the author of the piece, is the publisher and editor of Columnist with a View ( With his wife Deborah and their chihuahua Jose he lives in Ashland, Kentucky. He is the author of three books and writes a weekly column for the Huntington, West Virginia Herald-Dispatch.]





Ray Schilling

Right now the limit of how old we can get is between 110 and 120 years. Occasionally you have outliers who turn a bit older. But the limiting factors are:

  1. Our energy organelles, the mitochondria are disappearing as we age. Each of our body cells has hundreds of these energy packages. If only 50 are leftover, our body energy is dwindling. The brain, the heart and the skeletal muscles have thousands of mitochondria in every cell. If half of these disappear, we fall asleep on a chair (senescent people do that) and we have a shuffled gait. Our heart may start failing, so congestive heart failure may sets in.
  2. Our DNA is stable most of our lives because we have repair mechanisms in place. But the older we get, the more mutations occur, as the repair mechanism ages. This can cause cancer. But we may also lose bits and pieces of our DNA and various body deficiencies start occurring.
  3. Our telomeres, the caps on each of our chromosomes are getting shorter, the older we get. This is no problem when we are younger. But as we age, the stem cells that normally have the longest telomeres are also starting to have shorter telomeres. Now this affects cell replacement. If you don’t replace the cells that are lacking you get organ deficiencies and organ failures. Many old people die because of heart failure, bone marrow failure (no blood cells, no immune cells), kidney failure, liver failure and dementia (brain failure).
  4. Until we will be able to address my concerns expressed under point 1 to 3 we will have problems extending our life expectancy limits.





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 Germany for hundreds of years suddenly needed to not only be removed from his nation, but from the face of the earth.


He legitimized hate and his followers, who needed an explanation for their problems, accepted his virulent anti-Semitism as the answer.

Even in countries where people’s appearances are similar, there are still differences among groups. It’s how clans and tribes are organized. It might even explain how West Virginia, a state that sees itself as unique, has traditionally had such regionalism that has inhibited statewide growth.

In countries and regions where the population has been homogeneous, acceptance of foreigners varies. Sometimes, small groups of immigrants, who readily adapt to the host groups’ values and cultural norms, are acknowledged neutrally or even positively.

Yet, when masses of immigrants try to enter an established or homogeneous group, problems occur. The newcomers often attempt to continue their own social and cultural disharmonious with their new environment. This is  happening around the world now as millions flee from the Middle East and Africa. 

Most advanced and stable nations recognize that there must be an orderly flow to immigration, but that new ambitious people are often needed to grow a country. It’s how America was formed and many European countries found they needed new immigrants to meet their labor demands.

Immigration isn’t a new problem for our nation. It actually was an issue in 1798 with the Alien and Sedition Acts. It will always be a concern here as there will always be people clamoring to enter our wonderful, but imperfect country.

What we Americans must understand is that when a nation’s leader expresses hate or clear prejudiced opinions of national, ethnic, religious groups or even handicapped people, it legitimatizes hate and permits those who follow the leader to express similar sentiments. How sad it is that our American president has done just that.

[Diane W. Mufson is a retired psychologist who lives with her husband Maury in Huntington, West Virgina. Her email is This article first appeared in the Huntington, WV Herald-Dispatch on January 25, 2018. We have, with permission, occasionally reprinted articles by Mufson which we found to be especially important and worthy of the widest possible distribution.]