Columns

Commentary: Attacks on system of checks/balances sully nation's history

February 3, 2023

By Samuel Damren This is the second commentary in a series on Justice Roger Taney and the Dred Scott decision. This commentary focuses on Justices Taney, Catron, and Grier’s efforts, at the prompting of President-elect James Buchanan, to use the Dred ...

Commentary: Echoes of painful high court decision reverberated today

February 3, 2023

By Samuel Damren In mid-December 2022, the House of Representatives passed legislation to remove the bust of Justice Roger Taney from the old Supreme Court Chamber, today a museum in the Capitol building. Taney was a justice of the Supreme Court from 1836-64 ...

Commentary: 'Attorney Woo' is must-see TV in any language

February 3, 2023

By Berl Falbaum Pure joy. Those were the two words that continually came into my consciousness as I was writing this column on the Netflix series, “The Extraordinary Attorney Woo.” Based in Seoul, Korea (with subtitles), it centers around a young ...

Commentary: Basic values take a customary back seat to expediency

February 3, 2023

By Berl Falbaum As we reach a pivotal point in the history of the country with criminal referrals relating to Donald Trump’s presidency to the Department of Justice, I thought it is high time to ask a very basic question: When does one abandon values ...

Commentary: An ex-Speaker's turnabout ranks as one for the ages

February 3, 2023

What if I told you that Brutus didn’t think that Caesar was such a bad guy? Or that the Capulets were reconsidering accepting Romeo as a potential beau for Juliet. Or that the McCoys were planning to ask the Hatfields to come from Virginia for a backyard ...

COMMENTARY: GOP desperately needs a dramatic change of heart

February 3, 2023

By Berl Falbaum Whenever there is a controversy about Donald Trump -- which is almost daily -- I feel like I am in a political echo chamber. The subsequent reactions bounce off the walls without any reflection or unique insights, especially when they involve ...