Last week saw the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly where world leaders descended upon New York to give their customary speeches, condemn the wrongdoers, praise the well-behaved, strike up deals, and conduct ‘diplomacy.’

Someone needs to tell President Donald Trump that his own U.S. Treasury Department chief, Steve Mnuchin, mass purveyor of reckless and short-sighted economic trade sanctions, is undermining his ability to truly make America great again.

For those living in the northern climes of our great country, the season is just beginning to change.  Summer has lost its worst heat.  The air smells and tastes different ... like Spring except that unlike Spring, instead of freshness ... there is an undertone of decay.

The August 12 Charlottesville rally, organized by white nationalists, was one of the biggest white-pride events that included some bizarre chants and which culminated in gruesome carnage. While I never thought something of this scale and degree would occur in 21st century America, I should have seen this coming.

Over the past decades, the average debt for students receiving their bachelors has tripled. A recent report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shows that students who borrow loans for a university education will owe around 35,000 dollars- an exponentially higher amount than the average recorded in 1993-94 of 10,000. The daunting statistics, don’t show the full picture of the complete impact that the loans will have on the lives of the individuals who borrow, and the economy.

Unabated hatred, race-mongering and vicious violence which characterized Charlottesville must open up new avenues of justice seeking. Can Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Indian nation and most importantly, the global messiah of peace and non-violence offer a perspective on Charlottesville?

Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. is known for its regular polls.  It asked voters what words came to mind when they thought of President Donald J. Trump.  Different adjectives ascribed to him were subsequently ranked:  "Smart" came in at number 28, but "idiot" was number one.

Since January when this administration entered office, has anything significant been accomplished.  The only  major bill slapping more sanctions on Russia was entirely the work of Congress.  Whether it is a positive or a foreign policy disaster is debatable, but one thing is certain:  we continue to antagonize, irritate, humble, press militarily, encircle and threaten the only country capable of obliterating the U.S. in twenty minutes.

The recent unveiling of the RAISE Act, an attempt to reform America’s immigration system to make it skill-based and reduce legal immigration to half, created much brouhaha and media frenzy. The Left went ballistic and called the Act racist, xenophobic, anti-American, and anti-immigrant. The Right praised the Act in that it makes America’s immigration process less counterproductive to American economic interests.

In May 2017, as the number killed during protests against the regime of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela climbed toward 40, and with more than 130 injured and over 1,300 arrests, many in the United States and the region asked, “How much longer could it go on?”

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