Category Archives: Commentary

Seeking the Lost Art of Appreciation . . .

Appreciation is a primary basis for the happiness that everyone is seeking from without while void of its inner central source. So crucial is appreciation that the foundation of all attitude is based primarily upon it–or lack thereof.

“Two, four, six, eight–who do we appreciate,” began one of the more popular athletic school cheers of the past. Today’s answer would probably be, “Nothing and nobody!” It may go unnoticed by those too young to be familiar with the courtesy, morals and manners taught in past decades BTV (before television) that today glorifies violence, sex, profanity and any form of warring mentality that tops the news–“It has to bleed to lead.” Continue reading Seeking the Lost Art of Appreciation . . .

Martin Luther King’s Legacy

I have been interviewed many times over the past year by all types of media near and far around two questions. What is Martin Luther King’s legacy? What is the status of race in America 50 years since Martin Luther King’s assassination?

As I have reflected on these questions, I have concluded that these two issues are related. About King’s legacy, I say it is not what he wanted it to be. Continue reading Martin Luther King’s Legacy

Righteous anger in the face of Injustice: Fighting for hope in the New Year

by Madison Mayhew,
Justice & Peace Fellow

The start of the New Year brings new beginnings, new ideas and many new challenges to examine. As 2019 begins, I find myself holding both sorrow and joy as we face the continuation of a partial government shutdown, while simultaneously celebrating the installment of the most diverse congressional class in history. I feel the energy of this historic moment, yet am fully aware of the work still needed to be done as witnesses for justice. Continue reading Righteous anger in the face of Injustice: Fighting for hope in the New Year

Making the Electoral College irrelevant

Five of our 45 Presidents have come into office without winning the most popular votes nationwide. It has happened twice in the last five elections—in 2000 and 2016. Al Gore won the most votes but lost in 2000, and Hilary Clinton received the most votes in 2016 but lost. Clinton had nearly three million more votes than Trump and lost, making a mockery of the one-person-one-vote principle of democracy. Continue reading Making the Electoral College irrelevant