Posts by Jerome Parent

Fox News Is an Oxymoron

“So what do you think of Trump?” my eighty-eight-year-old father-in-law, Arnie, asked. Internally, I winced. I am under standing orders from my wife, reinforced by kicks to my shin under the table, to never discuss politics with her dad. Then I remembered she wasn’t there. Besides, he asked my son, not me. “He’s the most unqualified human to ever hold office,” Michael said. “Oh, I don’t know about that,” Arnie

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Trump Is the President We Both Deserve and Need

My three regular readers are probably cleaning up the coffee they spit out upon reading the title of this missive. But people who know me understand that I don’t fit into any easily identifiable political/social box. I am neither Liberal nor Conservative but agree with both depending on the issue. For example, I protested vigorously against the Vietnam War but served there when my time came. I am for a

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The Health Care Dilemma

Now that the Donald has admitted that health care is more complicated than he thought, it might be a good time to consider what we really want from a health care system. The failure of the Trump/Ryan AHCA bill illustrates the great disconnect between Republican rhetoric and reality. We’d all be a lot better off with some serious self-reflection. Voters and their representatives need to ask some hard questions and

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Attack of the Rabid Hamsters

I was sitting on the wooden bench in the train station in New Haven, Connecticut when I spotted her. I poked my mom with my chubby four-year-old finger. “Why is that lady chocolate?” I asked, pointing at the African American woman who was walking across the station platform. “Don’t point,” my mother said while pushing my hand down. “It’s rude.” “But why is she chocolate?” I asked again. Chocolate was

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Donald Trump as Tricky Dick Reincarnated

I’m not the first person to notice the many similarities between Trump and Nixon. And if events in Washington unfold as I think they will, I won’t be the last. Roger Stone, Trump’s friend and author of a book about the 2016 election, makes a strong comparison between the two presidents. There even exists a letter from Nixon urging Trump to run for office. The question is whether the similarities

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Two Facts That are Too Important for Trump to Ignore

As I sat at the kitchen table ostensibly doing my homework, I could tell that my mother’s conversation with my fourth grade teacher was not going well for me. I sighed when she told my teacher thank you and hung up. I knew what was coming next. “She says it’s not about spelling words correctly,” my mother began. “It’s about learning to use the dictionary and the words properly.” I

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