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Off the Leash: Flawed, but capable of better …

Feeling anxious about the future of our country, our world? Are you concerned about the condition of the planet that our children will inherit? Does it seem to you that the chickens have come home to roost? That the problems we now face are so complex and varied that you don’t know where to start? […]

Off the Leash: Flawed, but capable of better …

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been reflecting on the role of institutions in our lives. More specifically, how institutions lose sight of their mission statement in their ascent for and protection of power. Two examples come to mind. The first involves the Freeh Report, the recently filed investigation into the Jerry Sandusky scandal […]

Off the Leash: Artist versus narcist …

Last week, I had the pleasure of seeing a performer at the McCallum Theatre that both humbled and elevated me at the same time. The performer was Susanna Hamnett, performing a one-woman show she co-wrote called “Nearly Lear.” In it, she told the story of King Lear through the eyes of his close confidant Noreen, […]

Off the Leash: What’s treason and who commited it …

Recently, at a rally for GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a woman in the crowd accused President Obama of treason. Treason? What has he done that qualifies as treason? As I see it, the president hasn’t been able to do much. Health care reform has been hamstrung. There has been little, if any, change to […]

Off the Leash: The Golden Rule

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” “What is hateful to thee, do not that unto your neighbor.” This is the Golden Rule. No matter how you word it, the rule is essentially the same. Treat others the way you would want to be treated yourself.

Off the Leash: No risk investing …

Welcome to “Financial Insanity 101.” I’d usually ask you to pull out pen and paper in order to take notes. But the formula I’m about to lay out for you is so self-evident that I think you’ll pick it up without the need for future reference. Let’s say I’m going to Las Vegas next weekend […]

Off the Leash: Does Jesus ride in your heart or on your bumper? …

I’ve decided to depart from my usual political rant this month and take on an equally controversial subject — religion. More specifically, I want to address Christianity. It’s not that I find other faiths less relevant or valid. Out of respect, I choose not to speak for those faiths to which I don’t belong. It’s […]

Off the Leash: Citizens unite against “Citizens United” …

Recently, during a Town Hall meeting in New Hampshire, GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney fielded a question from a young man in the crowd, asking the candidate if he thought that corporations were people. The question was in reference to the Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission decision handed down by the Supreme Court on […]

Off the Leash: “Greed” and its potential consequences …

Greed: an excessive desire to acquire or possess more than what one needs or deserves, especially with respect to material wealth. Greed has gripped our nation and may very well destroy our economy and our democracy. One doesn’t have to research too deeply or look too far to find examples of over inflated salaries and […]

Off the Leash: Do we want a “do-nothing” government? …

Like a lot of Americans, I’ve been following the Republican presidential debates the last couple of months. To be honest, I find myself scratching my head and asking myself, “What in the world is going on?” I have never seen such a group of job applicants express such open disdain for the company to which […]

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