Asian-Americans in the Massachusetts Political Arena

November 22, 2014

The expanding presence of Asian-Americans in Massachusetts politics

Patriots-Packers – Packers-Patriots

November 20, 2014

It’s funny how the experiences of your childhood never leave you even at a later stage in life. I was born and raised in Wisconsin and lived and breathed the Green Bay Packers. There is an old saying in the Badger state that fall is the season for deer hunting and watching the Packers.

Well I am now here in the Bay State for nearly fifty years and root for the Boston teams, but I just can’t get those Wisconsin temas out of my head. Our daughter Laura is headed to Lambeau Field in Green Bay next weekend to cheer on the Patriots in front of 70,000 friendly but rabid Packer fans. She is a brave Patriots fan and I am sure will survive the catcalls of the home town folks as she yells for Brady and the Bunch.

She will be sitting with my godson who got the tickets and of course is one of those rabid Packer fans; he even has a piece of the frozen tundra from the famous Ice Bowl of the 1960s in his basement Packer shrine.

I certainly will be watchiang the game, which is likely to be a tune-up for the playoffs and perhaps the Super Bowl. But my problem is that nagging childhood support for the green and gold. In my head will be a little voice that cries out for the Packers, while in my heart will be a little throbbing in support for the Patriots. Which way to go is the question?

I kind of hope for a Patriot blow-out, which will for a time silence the Packer in me, but if the score is close or controversial than I know I will be torn apart inside as I try to take a side and justify my tortured fandom.

Of course, what happens on next Sunday in Green Bay, the little town that could, is only a game and shouldn’t be taken too seriously. But the issue is not so much the game but how I watch the game and how I think about the victors and the defeated. You just can’t get rid of childhood memories that easily. Here’s to the Patriots, or maybe the Packers.

China And The Capitalist Model

November 1, 2014

See my commentary about the growing interest by the Chinese to follow our capitalist model

Stop Being Scared

October 24, 2014

As we approach Halloween, the basic premise of the day is to scare people with spooky costumes, with the verbal challenge – trick or treat, and with the creepy condiditons of a dark and cold night. But this year many Americans are already scared – scared of Ebola, scared of ISIS, scared of illegal immigrants, scared of serial killers, scared of traveling or even going to school or the mall; in short Americans are just plain scared.

There is even a new television program called Stalker that is designed to scare the living daylights out of viewers who sit in their easy chair and watch some homicidal maniac stalk an innocent and unsuspecting person, usually an attractive woman.

Well despite the Halloween season, I am sick and tired of being told that I should be scared and having the media and politicians trying to get me to be scared. I hope you agree that it is time for Americans not to be scared of living in our world and to stand up to those who are working to keep us scared.

This is not the time to wallow in fear and constantly worry about how some person or group or disease out there is set to bring death and destruction to America and Americans. The whole culture of being scared is making us immobile and constantly looking over our shoulder.

Yes, there are bad people out there, yes, there are diseases around us, and yes, there are terrorists in the world. But being scared is really only for Halloween, not for everyday life. I would really like to hear a politician call for bravery and personal strength instead of trying to scare the hell out of our citizens.

Being scared is not the American way, never has been and never should be. Scared is for fictional television shows or all those Freddy Kruger movies. Scared is for trick and treat night, but scared is not the reality of our world or our values or our way of life. So let’s get back to being courageous and enjoy life and not fall prey to the media and political charlatans who want to gain ratings or win votes by making you fear your shadow.


The Decision to Travel Abroad

October 18, 2014

Commentary on traveling abroad in the age of ISIS and Ebola

Doing Good Work In Liberia

October 6, 2014

Dr. Rick Sacra of Holden, Massachusetts gives new meaning to serving those in need. See my Global Conversations column below:

Going After ISIS

September 23, 2014

My commentary on the airstrikes against ISIS in Syria and the growing terrorist threat to the US


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