June 2021

06/01/2021
As some alert readers (ARs) may recall, I majored in English when I was in college. Between college and law school I was a high school English teacher. After becoming a lawyer I taught legal writing to law students. So, imagine my surprise when I learned a few months ago that the rules of grammar and syntax I had studied,...
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May 2021

05/01/2021
My last year of law school (1976-1977) marked the beginning of a great divide in presidential politics. This was the last time a Republican President was a lawyer; and also the last time the nation elected a Democratic President who was not a lawyer. The term of Gerald Ford, a lawyer who was never elected as either President or Vice...
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April 2021

04/01/2021
In 1969 an article in Life magazine reported, “The counter culture has its sacraments in sex, drugs and rock.” In 1971 the British magazine The Spectator wrote, “Not for nothing is the youth culture characterized by sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.” In this context, as most alert readers (ARs) of a certain age will recall, the most famous celebration...
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March 2021

03/01/2021
One of the inspiring stories to come out of the pandemic involves a French nun who recently celebrated her 117th birthday. Sister Andre, who was born Lucile Randon in 1904, is the oldest known person in Europe and, most amazingly, survived the coronavirus with no complications. What some alert readers (ARs) might find particularly interesting is the menu Sister Andre...
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February 2021

02/01/2021
The Chinese Year of the Rat, which began over a year ago on January 25, 2020, is finally coming to an end after 384 days. Considering the year we’ve just endured, some alert readers (ARs) have likened these 18 or 19 extra days to bonus tracks on a Yoko Ono album. In any case, on February 12th it will be...
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January 2021

01/01/2021
Early in the evening on the Winter Solstice my wife and I went to Central Fields in Forest Park and directed our attention to the southwest sky. It was a clear night and we were not disappointed. As we had hoped, we were able to see the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn with our naked eyes. This celestial phenomenon,...
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December 2020

12/01/2020
Some alert readers (ARs) who are now collecting Social Security may remember a time long ago when they were old enough to drink beer legally in some states but were not old enough to vote. Such was the status quo ante in much of the United States prior to the ratification of the 26th Amendment to the Constitution in 1971....
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November 2020

11/02/2020
The recent death of former Missouri State Senator Wayne Goode was a reminder of something we’ve lost as a society: a spirit of bipartisanship in public life. While Wayne is perhaps best remembered for having sponsored the legislation that led to the establishment of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, it’s important for all alert readers (ARs) of this column to...
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October 2020

10/01/2020
So far the headlines of 2020 have been dominated by what might be called the five C’s:  COVID, Climate, Cops, Crime and  Census, all of which have interacted to some degree.  For example, there’s a widespread concern that the COVID pandemic has inhibited an accurate census count, which in turn would have an impact on what might be considered a...
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September 2020

09/01/2020
I’m proud to be associated with The St. Louis Blues. Like most St. Louisans I was sorry to see their dreams of retaining The Stanley Cup shattered in The Bubble in Edmonton.  I too was incredulous that they lost all six games in which they wore their blue sweaters as the nominal “home” team.  It definitely wasn’t easy to watch ...
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