Category Archives: Commentary

April Fools

Some thoughts on April Fools Day. Did you get fooled? All Fools Day has been around for centuries and nobody is really sure of the origin. Some of the early references come from the middle ages and many countries embrace the practice of pranks and jokes today. Perhaps one of the best April fools jokes ever perpetrated on the public came from the BBC on April 1st 1957. Their television news show Panorama announced that because of a mild winter and the elimination of the…

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Campaign Limerick

I have thoughts today on the strain Of this presidential campaign A rhyming viewpoint, To scold, not anoint, How negative gives us a pain. Advertisements are often diseased With rampant political sleaze. Let us say from here on No mean lexicon Let’s demand commercials that please. Imagine what that would be like, Back to times of Stasson and Ike The ad’s must be clean And nothing that’s mean With statements that only unite. It starts with political speech And the rule to follow for each,…

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China and Tiananmen Square

Some thoughts on what we ought not forget. Nearly two decades ago the Chinese government crushed the public expression of democracy in Tiananmen Square. Some estimates say several thousand people died. Now they have decided, even though they said it was OK, they don’t want any live video from the square during the Olympic games. The world of early June 1989 watched the beginning of the tension and the defiance on television, but then abruptly, the signal was cut off. To this day, the Chinese…

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Why Poetry

Some thoughts on poetry. April is National Poetry Month. Poetry is my avocation, better yet, my passion. You might rightfully ask what inspires a broadcast journalist to dwell in a poetic world. The quick answer is a balance to the daily tragedy of life. The long answer involves acknowledging the heart, spirit, and nature and the peace that comes from that awareness. Each broadcast day contains many of the sorrowful and tragic stories of life. Emphasis is placed on information that separates our unique, yet…

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