Sunday, March 9, 2014

I began working as assistant sports editor and outdoor columnist for The (Petersburg, Va.) Progress-Index in February 2004. Prior to that, I rarely got the opportunity to express my opinion in print, but when I worked for the Morris County, N.J., Daily Record, I got tired of listening to one blowhard legislator in New Jersey mangle history and had to speak up.

One thing to keep in mind as you check some of the links is that newspapers get sold or change online publishing platforms. When they do, stories that were linked to the original sites can disappear—as has happened to all of my work for the Petersburg Progress-Index. So if the links don't work, my apologies. I can't always keep up with the changes.

Notes from the Abyss

New FrontiersIn 2012 I was invited by the Rappahannock County Public Library to speak at its 30th Friends of the Library Book & Author Dinner. I did not feel comfortable doing the usual author's reading for the event. As I struggled with what to do, I decided to make a speech about something that has been, and still am, troubled with in our body politic today—the loss of a nation's willingness to take on those tasks that once justified its reputation for greatness.

New Frontiers

Parsippany, N.J., Daily Record
Racism lives today

An op-ed piece -- in response to the usual outrageous comments by one of New Jersey's dumbest conservative state legislators -- on the need for affirmative action to counteract entrenched racism, which appeared in the July 16, 1997, edition of the Daily Record:

Racism lives today, and so does the need for affirmative action