Heroes in the Mother Emanuel Tragedy

David Gillespie — You may recall the main villain in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church story:  Dylann Roof,a young Columbia, South Carolina area white supremacist, intelligent but a ninth grade drop-out. Using a Glock .45 caliber pistol purchased for his 21st birthday, Roof murdered nine African American parishioners at the Charleston church on June 17, 2015. His motive was to divide racially, to foment … Continue reading Heroes in the Mother Emanuel Tragedy

Travelogue of an Unpolitician Running for Office

Karen McKim — As recently as about a year ago, whenever I was asked if I had ever considered running for office, my answer was an adamant and sincere NO! I have a hard time remembering names. I don’t like being the center of attention. On personality tests, I score ten in cooperation, zero in competitiveness. I frequently neglect to wear earrings and makeup when … Continue reading Travelogue of an Unpolitician Running for Office

Reflections of a Baby Boomer in Silicon Valley

Jeff Berger — I have recently retired after spending 37 years working and living in the Silicon Valley region of northern California, and lately I have spent a lot of time reflecting on my lucky circumstances. I have a lot of reasons to be grateful for my good luck. First I was lucky to be born in California, the land of milk and honey. The … Continue reading Reflections of a Baby Boomer in Silicon Valley