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VERN’S VIEW: Moving on from weekly column

A good friend told me she is leaving the legal profession because she was tired of fighting all the time. I feel exactly that way about writing due to the political climate across the United States. This column’s publication marks the third anniversary for this wonderful opportunity to make sense of a divisive society, both […]

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VERN’S VIEW: The last campaign lap

Here we go into the last days of the 2012 election cycle with both major parties embroiled in a massive propaganda war while third and fourth parties scream about being shut out of the debate process. It looks like this will be a billion-dollar cycle, with money pouring this way and that to keep the […]

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VERN’S VIEW: The wages of disagreement

In the spring of 1960 my best high school buddy (honorable-mention all-American) received many football scholarship offers from the major colleges east of the Mississippi. My friend came from the Cumberland Gap region of western Virginia, though our school was in Ohio. His nickname was “Hillbilly." He chose to attend Florida State University. I asked […]

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VERN’S VIEW: Forgetting how to compromise

The late historian Shelby Foote made two significant points during his opening comments in Ken Burns’ documentary "The Civil War." Foote said the war, itself, defined who we are as a nation and the decades leading up to the war illustrated how we lost or forgot how to practice the most unique and important aspect […]

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VERN’S VIEW: Spinning the moral compass

Recently reminiscing about our long lives, my wife and I shared stories we heard from our grandparents about their lives in America. We compared our degree of luxury and freedom from want to theirs’ and the relative effort, both physical and intellectual, we invested. We ventured into larger scopes of history and the events that […]

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VERN’S VIEW: Making the right call

My sympathies go out to all the people involved in NFL office pools and fantasy leagues across the country. I also extend my sympathies to the people losing money by betting on the point spreads in Las Vegas or other outlets. The replacement officials who worked the games received no love from anyone except, perhaps, […]

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VERN’S VIEW: You the people, according to Romney

It’s as much the words as the tone. Now we know what Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney means by "you people." You are the ones not born with silver spoons in your mouths. If you haven’t made it in the land of limited opportunity, then you must be pathetic, slothful and not worth a hoot. […]

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VERN’S VIEWS: What we too often forget

In the hurly-burly of our political environment we often lose sight of and forget how things really work — or at least are supposed to work. As I’ve written before, the president gets too much credit when things are going well and too much blame when things aren’t going so well. For example: When gasoline […]

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VERN’S VIEW: Leaders should promote opportunity, not deny it

In 1955 Robert Ruark wrote his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "Something of Value." A movie by the same name starring Rock Hudson disturbed many, as did the book, because it addressed the Mau Mau uprisings in Kenya in the early 1950s. But on the first page Ruark included a Basuto proverb: “If a man does away […]

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VERN’S VIEW: The real Romney

Most political pundits are writing their summaries of the recent carnival known as the Republican National Convention, but not me. The Democrat’s are now trotting out all their surrogates and candidates to refute the GOP lies and probably making a few stretched facts of their own. Such is the convention environment. I’m focusing on the […]

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VERN’S VIEWS: The assault on women

The latest media flap, perpetrated by U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, the nearly brain-dead GOP senatorial candidate from Missouri, is an example of the callous and ignorant understanding of women, their rights and the law. I taught human anatomy for three years in college and medical school and was astounded to learn new things about the […]

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VERN’S VIEW: Coupon clippers unite as election nears

My mother used to cut coupons when I was just a kid growing up in East Cleveland, Ohio. She would scour the newspaper every day to find bargains and redemptions for food and household products. I asked her why she did that and if could I help? Together, we managed to find something we needed […]

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VERN’S VIEW: Embracing class warfare

Now that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate, any doubts anyone had about the intentions of the right-wing political machine regarding who it represents should be gone. Republicans clearly intend a full-court press against the 99 percent who are not part of the plutocracy. […]

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VERN’S VIEW: Who is thinking correctly?

My good friend and co-author Steve Love provided the basis for this column. I have paraphrased him for brevity: Conservatives used to label liberals as pointy-headed idealists totally out of touch with reality. Conservatives claimed they, as the adults, dealt with how things really are while liberals were the adolescents lost in idealism. Conservatives claimed […]

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VERN’S VIEW: Lessons writ large in sports scandal

Make no mistake, I am a sports nut. I love most sports and have played some of them fairly well. Children should participate in physical activity and sports wherever and whenever time, means or opportunities permit. We must retain our physical fitness to support our mental fitness. That’s the theory. Some pundits have decried the […]

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VERN’S VIEW: Who are we as a nation?

After yet another mindless shooting tragedy by yet another mindless individual who mindfully managed to obtain thousands of dollars worth of firearms, Special Weapons and Tactics team equipment and ammunition, some of us are left to ponder who and what we are as a nation. Of course, there are those who pay no attention to […]

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VERN’S VIEW: The disinformation assault on Obamacare begins

The U.S. Supreme Court regained its senses June 28 and realized it should be serving the Constitution instead of corporate/banking America. Chief Justice John Roberts broke away from the ideological and political wings of the court and, with the other four thinking justices, wrote a plurality opinion on the Affordable Health Care Act that preserved […]

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VERN’S VIEW: Who would want to live in Joe’s world?

There is this stone in my shoe named Joe. Joe is a tea party advocate and, as anyone who reads my columns might expect, despises everything I write from a political standpoint. Joe doesn’t hold back from sending me all the stuff he assiduously researches on the Internet. Almost all of it is anti-Obama. Some […]

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VERN’S VIEW: Time to stop selling out to corporate moguls

This darkest of assessments has been a long time coming. I admit I foresaw a sea change for our government processes and how we pick our representatives when Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election. I was mistaken. The can of "corporatocracy" had been kicked too far down the road when this election took place. […]

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VERN’S VIEW: Progressives need to walk the walk

It isn’t often that I admit I’ve strayed down my own kind of rabbit hole and voiced opinions and thoughts based on the news, events and punditry that weaves itself through my research and reading. The fact that we are in the pickle we are as a nation basically proves my adherence to the limited […]

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VERN’S VIEW: Let freedom ring

There has been much talk about our freedoms in the United States and how many or how few of us are being usurped, threatened or damaged by some decision made by some agency, politician or court ruling. All facets of the political spectrum seem to have an opinion about this subject, which is so near […]

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VERN’S VIEW: GOP is running on empty

Two recent news stories conjured up the Jackson Browne song "Running on Empty." The articles pertained to emerging Republican strategies in trying to defeat President Barack Obama in November. The first story came about because of a leak to The New York Times from an insider who was “disappointed” at the tone of a planned […]

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VERN’S VIEW: Changing minds and habits

Someone recently asked me if I thought my writing was changing anybody’s mind about their politics or how they view government at any level. My answer was, “I don’t know.” Frankly, I don’t see this column as a mind- or habit-changing vehicle. It is what it is: A few words cobbled together every week to […]

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VERN’S VIEWS: Founding fathers supported form of Obamacare

There is still a lot of buzz about the mandatory health-care clause in the Affordable Care Act. As it happens, this is not news. With a little research a person can discover that America has done this before. It seems that our founding fathers (a much-overused phrase) did this same thing in 1790 during our […]

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VERN’S VIEW: Today’s conservatives don’t live up to principles

“Disposed to preserving existing conditions and institutions…” Thus does Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary define the word “conservative." It says nothing about a conservative destroying existing or traditional institutions. It says nothing about rolling back laws or favoring one group over another. The word “conservative” stems from the word “conservation,” which means to husband resources so that […]

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VERN’S VIEWS: The sum of the cronies

If you’re going to talk about cronies, you have to start with the ultimate crony system in the United States, the Supreme Court. These people are appointed by the president and confirmed by politicians who are almost always partisan, but somehow almost always approve the selection for the high court.  Things seem to be headed […]

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