Young Americans struggle to save for retirement. A proposed federal rule would make it harder.
Sometimes good intentions lead to bad results. This is the case with a new fiduciary rule, which is once again being discussed by the Department of Labor. Back in 2010, proponents of the fiduciary rule drafted the rule intending to hold retirement advisors to a “best interests” standard, where they must put their clients’ needs […]
How can a me-first terrorist be made into a hero?
This commentary comes to Newsline via Big Pivots. A confounding aspect of the climate change challenge has been disagreements about the most basic of facts, namely human complicity. We had the same fact-based problem with the last presidential election. Then there’s what happened in Granby, the Colorado mountain town that continues to be at the […]
Lauren Boebert, American menace
Many public officials are guilty of bad behavior. But few can as readily be held responsible for harassment, personal threats and violence as Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado. What’s worse, ghastly conduct represents the totality of her public service. Her legislative record is a dismal exhibition of performative gestures that offer no real benefit […]
The AR-15 is for mass killing — ban it
This commentary originally appeared in the Minnesota Reformer. The U.S. Senate, controlled by Democrats, shamefully went into recess less than 48 hours after a shooter in Uvalde, Texas, killed 19 children and two of their teachers. Lawmakers should not have left until they did something about this country’s gun problem. Not every kind of gun, […]
Spare us your thoughts and prayers. Do your damn job.
This commentary originally appeared in the Virginia Mercury. It’s an appallingly familiar plotline. Only the names and places change. Last week, it was Uvalde, Texas. Ten days earlier, it was Buffalo. Before that it was Boulder, or Sandy Hook, or Orlando, or Columbine. It was Virginia Beach and Virginia Tech. It goes this way: bloody […]
Public money supports university center tied to white nationalism and election denial
The Benson Center has attracted national attention due to its association with John Eastman, the lawyer at the center of former President Donald Trump’s attempt to stage a coup after he lost the 2020 election. But other notable aspects of the center’s story remain obscured or have so far gone unreported, including its founder’s ties […]
Our national pathology over guns is no longer insane. It’s inhuman.
This commentary originally appeared in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Want to know what rage feels like? It’s waking on a Wednesday morning on a school day as the cable news talking heads sift through the latest on the shooting at a Texas elementary school that left 21 people dead, most of them children, and looking at […]
Climate change is wreaking havoc on our mental health
From apocalyptic disasters like the Marshall Fire, which destroyed over 1,000 homes, to soaring temperatures and high ozone levels making comfortable summer days a distant memory, to Colorado’s rapidly deteriorating air quality leaving us wondering whether it’s safe to be outside, it is clear that the effects of climate change are a threat to our […]
Americans across the country still feel pain of unanticipated medical bills
It was July 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, when I felt a sharp pain cut across the inside of my head. Given that we were already three months into lockdown, I didn’t think much of the occasional migraine; after all, I’ve had them my whole life, and they tended to get worse […]
An attorney’s perspective on the leaked Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade
The leaked Supreme Court opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (drafted by Justice Alito in case 19-1392) looks to overturn the 1973 decision in Roe vs. Wade. Dobbs is a case following a Mississippi law that bans almost all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. What exactly does this decision mean? Note that the leaked […]
When will our ‘pro-life’ leaders do something about gun deaths?
This commentary originally appeared in the Iowa Capital Dispatch. Aaron Salter Jr., 55, was on duty at the security job that supplemented his retirement income. Ruth Whitfield, 86, was buying groceries. Celestine Chaney, 65, stopped in for strawberries for the shortcake she and her sister were eager to enjoy. But their plans went awry Saturday […]
What will come of these hot, dry winds licking at winter’s back door?
This commentary originally appeared in Big Pivots. Ponds on a ranch in northwestern Colorado earlier this month were full, a rare treat in recent years for horses that have gathered like at a spa. It was a good winter there, cold and snowy. Now, a ranch owner had begun planning for a fiery summer. “It’s […]