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Is History Repeating Itself?

Is History Repeating Itself?

  By Richard Colman The president is unpopular.  He cannot go anywhere without attracting hoards of demonstrators.  The nation is sharply divided.  There is war without end.  The stock market is erratic.  Is this America in 2019?  No.  This is America in 1968, one of the worst single years in American history.  In 1968, President […]

The Angry American

The Angry American

  By Richard Colman From the end of World War II (1945) to the year 2000, Americans seemed to be a rather happy lot. The years when the Vietnam War was intense (1965 to 1972) may be an exception. But for most of the post-World War II era, Americans saw a rising standard of living,  […]

The Language Police

The Language Police

  By Richard Colman, California Political News and Views There is a new phenomenon in California and the rest of the nation:  the language police.  English words that have been used for centuries in America and elsewhere are now being banned or transformed in some places.  Berkeley, California, a place with many liberal ideas, voted in mid-July 2019 […]

California Needs A “Mensch”

California Needs A “Mensch”

  By Richard Colman The words “mensch” in German or Yiddish technically means a person. But, over time, mensch has acquired new meanings.  In Yiddish, a mensch is someone to admire.  In American English, a mensch often means a person who will stand up for what is right. Look at what is going on in […]

Whatever Happened to English?

Whatever Happened to English?

  By Richard Colman, California Political News and Views Americans might not know it, but English is — or was — the national language of the United States.  The Declaration of Independence is written in English.  So is the Constitution.  Until recent decades, people who wanted to be part of American society had to know […]

California is All Wrong on New Housing

California is All Wrong on New Housing

  By Richard Colman The target is 3.5 million new California homes by 2025.  That’s what California’s new Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom wants to see in the Golden State. When it comes to housing, Newsom has things backwards. Instead of encouraging the construction of new housing, Newsom should give people who live in California — […]

The Thrill Is Gone

The Thrill Is Gone

  By Richard Colman “The Thrill is Gone” was a B.B. King hit song in the 1960’s. Today, the thrill is gone from many aspects of modern American society. Politics is no longer is thrilling.  Campaigns used to be fun.  There were campaign buttons, candidates had songs, and one could go to a rally without the […]

California: A Failed State?

California: A Failed State?

  By Richard Colman, California Political News and Views   The famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, once said, “America was tilted, and everything loose was sliding into Southern California.”  If Mr. Wright were alive today, he presumably would be taking about all of California.  What Mr. Wright might also be saying is that California is on the verge […]

State of California Wants to Grab Local Communities’ Land

State of California Wants to Grab Local Communities’ Land

  By Richard Colman Legislation introduced in the California State Senate seeks to grab land from local communities.  Senate Bill 50, sponsored by California State Senate Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) will, if enacted, boost housing construction near mass transit lines.  Senate Bill 50 will give the State of California the power to order construction of […]

White Rage in America

White Rage in America

  By Richard Colman Periodically, an anger — perhaps arrogance — appears in the American electorate. Often, the anger means the election of more Republicans although this is not always true.  The anger is palpable when it strikes Middle America, which is made up of people who are neither rich nor poor. California, often a […]

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