Columns

Commentary: Echoes of painful high court decision reverberated today

January 27, 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

January 27, 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

January 27, 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

January 27, 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

January 27, 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 ...

Commentary: Summit fails to address key climate concerns

January 27, 2023

By Berl Falbaum It was the 27th time they met. It was the 27th time they decided to do basically nothing. I am referring to the international summits on the environment (known as the Conference of Partners, COP for short), which ended a most-recent two-week ...