Commentary:  Biden wins — What does it all mean? Ten takeaways from the 2020 election
Nov09

Commentary: Biden wins — What does it all mean? Ten takeaways from the 2020 election

By Paul Rozycki In a year of pandemics, racial division, economic crisis, and the most divisive election in the last century, it’s a challenge to uncover the things that really matter in this year’s presidential election. In the last weeks, we’ve all had wall-to-wall coverage and analysis of this year’s presidential contest. It may be months, or years, before we fully unravel the full impact and the meaning of the Trump presidency and...

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Commentary:  Beyond Biden and Trump, who else and what else is there in Election 2020?
Oct05

Commentary: Beyond Biden and Trump, who else and what else is there in Election 2020?

      By Paul Rozycki             Who’s your choice — Trump or Biden? Sometimes it seems like the only thing on the ballot this year is Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden.  It’s hard to turn on the TV without seeing an ad for either candidate.  We’ve all felt the impact of the most divisive presidential contest in our lifetimes. With a month to go, it seems that this is the most important and critical presidential election in...

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A comet, a COVID pandemic, and a summer of crisis.  Is there any good news?
Aug01

A comet, a COVID pandemic, and a summer of crisis. Is there any good news?

By Paul Rozycki This summer, astronomers have discovered a new presence among the stars, the Neowise comet, in the northern sky.  It’s not a large comet, just visible under the Big Dipper.  It has come closest to the earth in the middle of July, and has been observable for the last few weeks. Many ancient peoples often felt that comets were portents of doom and ruin.  The Romans and the Greeks felt they were a sign of major events,...

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Review:  “Begin Again” blends James Baldwin’s urgent lessons and a call to face “the American Lie”
Jul30

Review: “Begin Again” blends James Baldwin’s urgent lessons and a call to face “the American Lie”

By Robert R. Thomas BEGIN AGAIN by Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is a clear example of a historical genre I call living history, i.e., history being written in real time by living historians.  Glaude is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of African American Studies at Princeton, where he is also the chair of the Center for African American Studies and the chair of the Department of African American Studies. Glaude’s...

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He changed my life:  A remembrance of John Lewis
Jul21

He changed my life: A remembrance of John Lewis

By Harold C. Ford “When you see something that is not right, not just, not fair, you have a moral obligation to say something.  To do something.” — John Lewis, December 2019 It was Sunday, March 7, 1965.  I was an 18-year-old freshman student at Flint Community Junior College (FCJC).  I still lived at my parents’ home with four younger siblings. The images on the family’s black and white television had riveted my attention. ...

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Commentary:  An August primary primer–how it’s different and why its important
Jul12

Commentary: An August primary primer–how it’s different and why its important

By Paul Rozycki In a time of the COVID-19 virus, economic shutdowns, Black Lives Matter protests, and 500-year floods, it’s difficult to focus on something as routine as an August primary election.  Even in “normal” times, the primary is often overshadowed by summer vacations, county fairs, and car cruises, and the turnout is usually low.  But this August 4, voters will have opportunity to cast their ballots in what may be one of the...

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