19 01, 2024

All Betts off when poet-activist has nothing worthwhile to say

By |2024-01-19T20:06:14+00:00January 19th, 2024|Commentary, Politics|

I was eager Thursday night to meet Reginald Dwayne Betts, a felon, a poet and a Yale Law School graduate. His bio did more than suggest Betts had a fascinating story to tell about prison to prosperity. I don’t hear such tales often enough. Unlike some of those I’ve heard, Betts wasn’t a victim of wrongful conviction. When he was

20 09, 2023

20 years of memories go into the dumpster

By |2024-01-19T19:24:45+00:00September 20th, 2023|Commentary, Travel|

It’s difficult to let loose a sidekick that followed you around the world. From Buenos Aires to Bangkok, it had been with me all the while. Like most things, it outlived its usefulness. So I said farewell this morning to my MLB.com duffel bag. The internet company gave each of its writers one. Some never used theirs; I used mine,

13 09, 2023

The sound of ‘Sin City’: Cha-Ching!

By |2024-01-19T19:25:23+00:00September 13th, 2023|Commentary, Politics|

I know how much most of us long to keep things the way they were, but I’ve come to realize that such a belief makes little sense. The world is in constant change, and if I didn’t know that for certain, I do now after spending five days in Las Vegas. For almost two decades, I have traveled to “Sin

9 09, 2023

Kev, I’m a winner like you in the Stupid Game

By |2023-09-09T12:39:16+00:00September 9th, 2023|Commentary, Travel|

TOKYO — I’m amused whenever I hear people who should know better tell stories about a stupid thing they did. Put me among those storytellers. While abroad, I thought about the stupid things I’d done after I read what Kevin Hart, a 44-year-old comedian who ought to know better, did last month in his tango with stupid. Hart bet his

8 09, 2023

Roe v. Wade: Down, but is it out forever?

By |2023-07-29T01:53:26+00:00September 8th, 2023|Commentary, Politics, Race, Gender and Class|

Conservatives have long insisted that less government is better. They often talk about wanting Uncle Sam out of our private lives. They want Americans free to live life on their terms.Unless that American is a woman.Oh yes, conservatives want to control a woman’s womb. They argue that abortion isn’t a freedom; it’s a murder.Well, their belief seems to have won

26 08, 2023

8 billion ain’t the right number

By |2023-07-29T01:28:35+00:00August 26th, 2023|Commentary, Politics|

I don’t know how we can call this good news, but it’s news, nonetheless. The population on earth hit eight-billion people last November — eight billion.In April, if didn’t happen earlier, China handed the baton to India as the most-populous country on the planet.Relatively speaking, the United States has grown at a turtle’s pace, so I guess that’s a bit

16 08, 2023

Try trains, and leave the travel to them

By |2024-01-19T19:21:12+00:00August 16th, 2023|Commentary, Travel, Uncategorized|

Two of my closest friends are world travelers. Their passports look like a bulletin board at Tri-C — stickers plastered everywhere. Now, I’ve lapped my friends in the number of countries visited, but they remain ahead of me in miles logged on trains. I plan to catch them. When I do, it won’t be because I rode the rails in

11 08, 2023

League Park: White elephant is a Black neighborhood

By |2024-01-19T19:21:36+00:00August 11th, 2023|Commentary, Politics, Race, Gender and Class|

Few things are worse than a white elephant, particularly when the elephant comes with a $6.3 million price on its backside. That is the initial money that went into League Park, a historic ballpark in the heart of a Black neighborhood. League Park spent almost 40 years in decline, and it might have collapsed altogether were it not for the

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