Category Archives: Articles

Time to Stop the Bleeding

Alan Zendell, April 19, 2021 There’s been a rash of deaths associated with gun violence this year. Idivide them into categories: Individual/domestic incidents, mass shootings, andpolice-involved shootings. Our attention is sharply focused when something in thesecond or third category occurs, … Continue reading

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Americans’ Obsession With Guns

Alan Zendell, April 16th, 2021 The first report I saw of the April 15th mass shooting at a Fedex facility in Indianapolis described it as “the country’s deadliest shooting since 10 people were killed March 22 in a grocery shooting in … Continue reading

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A Traffic Stop in Virginia

Alan Zendell, April 14, 2021 Amid the seemingly endless shootings of men of color by police, it would be easy to dismiss last December’s traffic stop by two Windsor, Virginia police officers as a minor incident – after all, no … Continue reading

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Bad Boys

Alan Zendell, April 13, 2021 We all know them. They grow up resenting authority, rebelling against rules, pushing the envelope and flirting with trouble. It’s not just boys, but in a world in which men still hold most of the … Continue reading

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The United States Postal Service

Alan Zendell, April 10 2021 When I was a kid everyone took the post office for granted. Everyone in my building knew our mailman’s name, and our parents left $$-filled envelopes for him at Christmas. In the years after WW2, … Continue reading

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Culture War and Politics

Alan Zendell, April 3, 2021 Ever since Donald Trump hit the political scene in 2015 it’s been tempting to conclude that both our politics and our internal divisions over race and the distribution of wealth had hit a new low. … Continue reading

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Doctors Speak Out About Trump’s Response to the Pandemic

Alan Zendell, March 29, 2021 Usually, when embarrassing mistakes are made at the highest level of government, especially when they result in loss of life, the first casualty is truth. We typically wait decades until all the principals involved are … Continue reading

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Hypocrisy and the Filibuster

Alan Zendell, March 27, 2021 I’m not an expert in either government or politics, but if there’s anything in our history that has a worse record of hypocrisy than the Senate filibuster, I’m not aware of it. As we learned … Continue reading

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The Urgent Need to Pass the For the People Act

Alan Zendell, March 25, 2021 The aftermath of the Trump years is a number of genuinely urgent issues that need to be addressed now. Trump was indefatigable in his many and varied attempts to undermine our Constitution, and the damage … Continue reading

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A Nation Spinning Out of Control

Alan Zendell, March 23, 2021 We’re all weary from what we experienced in the last year. We’ve suffered terribly from the pandemic, losing friends and family members, jobs, and careers. Our children’s educations have been disrupted. We talk about things returning … Continue reading

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