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Make it to the zoo this summer

Franklin Park Zoo isn’t my grandfather’s  zoo, or the one my father took me to eons ago.  It isn’t even the zoo I took my children and grandchildren to.  It’s becoming a jewel of a zoo, with animal attractions for … Continue reading

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Bloodshed continues in Northern Ireland despite Peace Accords; could worsen

July 12th is a day to watch in Northern Ireland. The annual Orange Order parade– the highlight of a months-long marching season– commemorates the 1690 Battle of Boyne defeat of forces of Catholic King James II by those of Protestant … Continue reading

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Dems first debate: too soon for judging winners and losers?

Did we really shift from a Biden-someone to a Warren-Castro  to Harris-Buttigieg “winning” ticket overnight?  Unlikely. We are at a blip in time. There’s a long way to go. Remember the lack of poll and pundit support Donald Trump had … Continue reading

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Supreme Court decision on gerrymandering profoundly disappoints

So now, in time for the July 4th celebration of our democracy, the Supreme Court has ruled that elected officials shall pick their voters rather than the other way around.  It’s probably a worse decision that Bush v. Gore because … Continue reading

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Trump for Ireland is no laughing matter

Despite our desire for a Trump-free ten days in Ireland, our  President was on too many minds over there. Landing at Shannon Airport, we had to pass the VIP Lounge where just days before Trump and Irish Prime Minister Leo … Continue reading

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Ireland: where Trump is not, on climate change

We hadn’t even finished unpacking from a vacation in Ireland when we were accosted by headlines that the Environmental Protection Agency has finalized its plans to undo years of modest progress on climate change, especially the Obama Clean Power Plan. … Continue reading

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Beyond impeachment: thwarting Russian interference

Tension grows between those clamoring to impeach President Trump now and those believing that, however warranted such a move is as a way to increase accountability, it could end up helping Donald Trump to a second term if the Democrats … Continue reading

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