Ross Rambles: Confessions of a person who doesn't care
When the news media dwells extensively for several days on the death of a celebrity, am I an insensitive jerk when my reaction to the tragedy rapidly evolves from "that's too bad" to "so what"? I don't think so. Is my ho-hum reaction to the death of recording artist Prince Rogers Nelson affected by the fact that I don't care much for his music? That's part of it...
Ross Rambles: Rachel got it wrong
Rachel Maddow presented a special report on her March 18 MSNBC show as a cautionary tale about the potential for violence during the 2016 Republican presidential nomination process. She said, "The Ron Paul campaign in 2012, they ran a whole shadow campaign to get delegates for Ron Paul after the vote in multiple states, but before the convention, and that is the same thing that is going on right now in Republican politics... ...
Ross Rambles: The blindness of the comfortable
In a column published in the April 13 Chronicle Times, Kathleen Parker informed readers that she is nervous about Bernie Sanders' Democratic Socialism. She states, "The striving for greater equality is always a proper operating principle, but what Sanders is aiming for without saying so is equal outcomes. The imposition of equality by third parties never works very well and inevitably carries the unwelcome penalty of less freedom."...
Reefer Madness in the U.S. Senate
The two oldest U.S. Senators, Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., have been acting on a bias they developed in their youth. The two senior senators conducted a hearing to validate their belief that a current Department of Justice policy is creating a public health hazard. That policy, instituted by President Obama, is to not enforce federal laws against marijuana in states where recreational marijuana use has been legalized...
Ross Rambles: Covering meetings for the paper
After struggling to find a topic for this week's column, the idea came to me that I could just use an old column and let people assume that the column is new rather than written in 2008. For this to work, readers need to pay no attention to this first paragraph and think of the column as beginning with the next sentence...