Guns and Mental Illness; Which to Control

America’s love affair with guns baffles me. Once again the United States was the scene of a mass killing. Last week a man killed nine innocent people and injured nine more at a college in a small Oregon town. In the close-knit community essentially all were touched personally by the tragedy. Lives snuffed out; someContinue reading “Guns and Mental Illness; Which to Control”

Sequestration or castration

Welcome to March and Sequestration Friday. Today is the day we find out if the US Congress can agree on a solution to avoid having massive spending cuts imposed on the nation. Sequestration is a term used to describe the practice of using mandatory spending cuts in the federal budget if the cost of runningContinue reading “Sequestration or castration”

Language in Quebec; guns in the US – the search for peace

Interesting juxtaposition on the Opinion Page of today’s The Gazette. On the left side, a series of letters relating to linguistic peace in Quebec. While on the right hand side Aislin’s cartoon captures the difficulty President Obama faces in trying to solve the growing gun problem in the United States. I’d like both of theseContinue reading “Language in Quebec; guns in the US – the search for peace”

North American capital cities shaken up on Tuesday; Mother Nature and Barack Obama

Capital cities in two North American countries were shaken up on Tuesday. The Canadian capital Ottawa felt the earth move shortly after 4:05 am when a 4.5 magnitude earthquake struck near the Quebec town of Papineauville. Some Montrealers were also awakened by the quake but fortunately no injuries or damage have been reported. Just MotherContinue reading “North American capital cities shaken up on Tuesday; Mother Nature and Barack Obama”

Obama and Romney sprint to the finish; a media feeding frenzy

On this last Sunday before the US election the media is abuzz with final appeals and explanations from both candidates. Two such articles that caught my attention are Andres Oppenheimer’s column in the Miami Herald, 10 reasons why Latinos will vote for Obama and Drew Westen’s opinion piece in The New York Times, America’s LeftwardContinue reading “Obama and Romney sprint to the finish; a media feeding frenzy”

Sandy could be October Surprise

In American political jargon, an October surprise is a news event with the potential to influence the outcome of an election, particularly one for the U.S. presidency. The reference to the month of October is because the date for national elections (as well as many state and local elections) occurs between November 2 and 8,Continue reading “Sandy could be October Surprise”

Bob Schieffer needs to focus on time restrictions, not the number of words; they’re politicians, they’d talk all night

Tonight’s third and final presidential candidates debate – the rubber match by most accounts with Romney taking the first and Obama squeezing out a win in the second – will be moderated by Bob Schieffer. Moderating a debate should be the easy part; it’s the debaters who will be in the spotlight, or that’s howContinue reading “Bob Schieffer needs to focus on time restrictions, not the number of words; they’re politicians, they’d talk all night”