What is Responsible Voting?  

What is Responsible Voting?  

The first among human rights: Life We prioritize and judge between competing issues by weighing their relative importance. First and foremost, especially as a Catholic, our voting should always recognize that the role of government is to protect life, liberty and property, in that order.  Pope Francis has said that “The right to life is…
History and Racism- who are the racists?

History and Racism- who are the racists?

We hear a lot these days about systemic or institutionalized racism, especially in connection with the police and persisting economic disparity between races. Protesters say historical racism is so embedded in our western culture that we need to erase symbols of our tainted past like statues and the names of cities, schools and sports teams.…
Contact Tracing, Mandatory Smartphone Apps and China

Contact Tracing, Mandatory Smartphone Apps and China

As our society gradually unwinds the Covid-19 shutdowns and people reenter the public workforce, we’re seeing new government efforts to “protect” us whether we like it or not. This increasingly involves mandatory health screenings and various forms of technology-assisted “contact tracing,” including new smartphone apps to identify people who are sick or have associated with…
Do Shutdowns Save Lives?

Do Shutdowns Save Lives?

We have been “socially distanced” now for more than two months with widespread mandatory business closures. The purpose of this was to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, “flatten the curve” so that our hospitals will not be overwhelmed and possibly buy time for a vaccine to be developed.   The experts told us this…
Working Our Way Back

Working Our Way Back

We all agree on the need to start reopening the economy, and our lives in general, as soon as possible to avoid a cascading array of catastrophes—major economic problems, business failures, unemployment, depression, domestic problems, suicides, possible food shortages, increased poverty and the like.    We also need to remember that the U.S. Constitution remains…