Tag Archives: Franklin D. Roosevelt

Celebrate Democracy OpEd

When I was an adolescent, two of my big goals were visions of idealism. The first was to run for the U.S. Senate, the second was to become a journalist. The first one has been placed on indefinite hold ever … Continue reading

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Executive Order 8802

For people and groups who feel an aching need for basic civil rights protections, legal action on these matters takes an excruciating, frustrating long time. Civil rights, specifically fair employment practices, are still wedge issues in today’s political debate. From … Continue reading

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Old And New Inauguration Day

The Inauguration of a United States President and Vice-President is one of the most spectacular and peculiar events on the official calendar. It took a Constitutional Amendment to actually set the date and time for the actual ending of the … Continue reading

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Activist Eleanor

I have a great deal of admiration for biographers who take up the challenge of condensing the life stories of people like Eleanor Roosevelt. There is always a wealth of raw data about these historical figures. How does one organize it into a story … Continue reading

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Alaska Statehood Act

Residents of the lower 48 States of the US generally only have a sketchy idea about Alaska.  Like Hawaii, it’s geographically disconnected from the bulk of the country. Also, only a small percentage of us will have the opportunity to … Continue reading

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US Superhighways Begin

I remember getting a phone call from dad in October of 1974.  He announced that the State of Nebraska became the first state to finish all of its mainline Interstate highways.  Dad had reason to be proud of this fact, … Continue reading

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The War On Poverty?

Thomas Cleary once wrote, “When the rich and well established, who should be generous, are instead spiteful and cruel, they make their behavior wretched and base in spite of their wealth and position.”  I had been reading his translation of … Continue reading

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