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Today's Opinions

  • Advent and Facebook

    My wife posted something on Facebook the other day that I thought was sweet. I wish I’d thought of it, but she is more spiritual than me. I try to be sympathetic but often stumble and stutter. My wife really is compassionate and relieves the suffering of others through an empathetic ear. She instinctually knows what to do and say or give to others. I believe all of us have a gift from God and I believe compassion is her gift.

  • Sigh ...

    Walking is good for a person’s health. Friday, I walked on a treadmill, and I felt great afterward. My cardiologist said I should feel even better after my bypass surgery.

    Sigh. (I think I’m only teasing).

    I could be a hypochondriac just like my maternal grandfather with just a little more effort, I could be good at it. It wouldn’t take much.

  • My hometown made national news, but not why I had hoped

    TIME ran a story about my hometown! Woohoo! Achille, a small farm town tucked away off the beaten path in Southeastern Oklahoma, made national news!

    The news wasn’t the type I hoped it would be. It was about a small school trying to accommodate a 12-year-old transgender student in the seventh grade.

  • What? What? What?

     

    I was glued to the television Thursday – scheduling the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and the Honorable Brett Kavanaugh was the only thing the Republican senators did right because that’s the one day I have to myself. Moreover, of course, it’s all about me.

    Neither party is blameless in getting us to this point because both parties want to win the midterm elections and more than a few on the Senate Judiciary Committee aspire to run for president in 2020 – including Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.

  • Senate Judicial hearing

    Generally, when I have writer's block as I professed to last week, it's because there is something else on my mind of which I do not want to write.

    This week, I caved and am writing about the nomination process of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh — not about the judge — but the process.

  • My military career

    One thing about being in the military is that when there is nothing else to write about, there is always the Navy.

  • What's this world coming to?

    What’s this world coming to?

    BLU3, a Pompano Beach Company has developed a line of ultra-portable tankless diving systems using surface-supplied air. The system supports a diver at its maximum depth of 10 feet for about an hour and it is compact enough to carry in a backpack.

    The first in the line is NEMO, which is in the Kickstarter phase. NOMAD and NEPTUNE are scheduled for launch in the summer and winter of 2019. Those two, which are still in development will allow divers to go deeper depths. NEPTUNE will enable multiple divers on a single system.

  • Real American heroes

    EDITOR'S NOTE: I wrote this before Sen. John McCain died. It took a while to get it the way I wanted and rather than take a chance on fouling it up, I left it in present tense.

    I want to write about Sen. John McCain and how brave he is, but I can’t.

    I don’t know the Arizona senator.