On June 1, 2017, Donald Trump decided the United States would join Syria and Nicaragua as the only two countries on the planet that would not be part of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. To be clear, Syria has not signed mainly due to its ongoing civil war. And Nicaragua didn’t sign on […]

There are times I think I am being selfish when I discuss what happened on April 16, 2007. I knew none of the victims. Any pain I feel is nowhere near the pain the families must feel on this day. But I do feel pain. And every year that pain neither lessens nor becomes easier […]

I make no apologies whatsoever for the title. I neither understand why basic healthcare needs be ‘affordable’ nor why we need a competitive marketplace for insurance companies. The entire debate over the ACA (Obamacare) and the AHCA (Trumpcare) is, to me, pretty outrageous. Any plan that is not some version of a single payer (whether […]

Article 2 of the United States Constitution states the following: “[The President] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other […]

Exasperated, disappointed, frustrated, scared, angry, dumbfounded, amazed. These all do part of the job, but not the whole job. I’m unaware of a single word that would describe my emotions when thinking of the Trump presidency thus far, but there is a verb that does not fit. I am exasperated and disappointed because, among all […]

[I sent this letter to my Texas Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn. While I am doubtful it will have any impact, public education will be in serious jeopardy if Ms. DeVos is confirmed] It is my sincere hope that you decline to confirm Ms. Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. Her history of lobbying […]

H.L. Mencken once said “On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” If that doesn’t sum up the result of the 2016 General Election night, I’m not sure what does. Before I really […]

In the 1973 movie Magnum Force, Dirty Harry said ‘A man’s got to know his limitations.’ I have found mine. My limitation has been reached in being able to understand any person that has already, or will on Tuesday, cast a vote for Donald Trump. (For the record, the irony that Dirty Harry was played […]

I have been remarkably fortunate to have the support of my mother and father through my life. And I have been remarkably fortunate for the myriad people that I have crossed paths with that I feel truly lucky to call friends – from my years at Virginia Tech, to Myrtle Beach, to Annapolis and, now, […]

Every morning during second period, the school announcements start with the Pledge of Allegiance. I stand, but do not recite it or place my hand over my heart. When I go to an event that my students participate in and they play the National Anthem beforehand, I stand, but I do not sing along or […]

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