1965–The Year Federal Troops Were Needed: A Tribute to John Lewis

by Nick Gier He never threw a brick. He never lit a match. —Rep. James Clyburn on John Lewis Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble.—John…

America’s Two Pandemics: The Coronavirus and Systemic Racism

by Nick Gier The Rev. Raphael Warnock, senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church and Georgia Democratic Senate candidate, gave a eulogy entitled “Let My People Go” at Rayshard Brooks’ funeral. Brooks was the black man shot in the back by…

I Like Being Like My Dad: The Plagiarism of Inheritance

Read also “Riding the Rails with my Dad” www.webpages.uidaho.edu/ngier/DadRR.htm. “Blue Bellies and Personality Plus: A Tribute to My Mom” www.tomandrodna.com/nick­_gier/mothertribute.pdf.   Take care of your actions because they will become habits. Take care of your habits because they will form…

Asia’s Virus Champs Don’t Blame China: They Simply Get the Job Done

Countries that took early, aggressive action, using proven methods, have severely limited the virus. —Todd Pollack, infectious disease expert I have a special affection for the people of Kerala, one of India’s 36 states on its southwest coast. During my…

Cupboards were Not Bare; Tests were Not Broken; and Obama Did leave Pandemic Plans

“It’s hard to overstate the contrast between Trump and Obama. You had a president who actually accepted and cultivated scientific advice.” — Obama official Bina Venkataraman “We had a plan and a team. The Trump White House ignored the first…

Coronavirus Deaths Undercounted by 60 percent Sweden Embraces Fatalities, while Florida Hides Them

“No country counts virus deaths like the others. We just have the most detailed method.” —Belgium’s Public Health Minister Maggie De Block Axios reports that “a senior administration official said he expects Trump to begin publicly questioning the COVID-19 death…