July 4. America the Beautiful.

America the Beautiful became my favorite song when Smokey Robinson included it in a stirring and soulful mash-up with the National Anthem at Fenway Park during Game 5 of the 1986 World Series. It was flat out inspiring. When the song was written in 1893 by Katharine Bates as she hiked Pikes Peak in Colorado, […]

Intolerant of gay rights and tolerant of gun violence

Intolerant of gay rights and tolerant of gun violence has been the way of the Florida Legislature. Advancements in human rights have been, at best, barely incremental and only after courts forced the issue. With guns, it’s the opposite. No matter the parade of horrors the legislature has done not a single thing to reduce […]

Please, let’s leave this spotlight to Indiana!

Updated: The Florida House passed a measure that would allow private adoption agencies to assert their “religious and moral” objections into their adoption decisions. The measure is unapologetically intended to allow private adoption agencies to discriminate against same sex married couples who seek to adopt. Supporters of the wrong-headed legislation argue private agency adoption decisions […]