Phil Richardson: A Letter about letters

Phil Richardson: A Letter about letters

By Phil Richardson DEAR READER: This is a letter. Everything in it was inspired by an advertisement in the September 2017 Issue of the Atlantic Magazine. It took me over two months to write it, due to the immense amount of subject matter. My hope is that you will be inspired to do more than […]

Phil Richardson: The number one Killer opioid – Oxycontin

Phil Richardson: The number one Killer opioid – Oxycontin

By Phil Richardson In terms of pain-killing effectiveness and addictive power, according to Patrick Radden Keefe, writing in the October 30, 2017 issue of The New Yorker magazine, “Since 1999, two-hundred-thousand Americans have died from overdoses related to Oxycontin and other prescription painkillers. The best seller is the most effective: Oxycontin, a compound perfected by […]

Phil Richardson: The Mueller Investigation, Phase One

Phil Richardson: The Mueller Investigation, Phase One

By Phil Richardson The only thing I can use when I try to compare the curtain raiser on the investigation of wrongdoing by persons during the most recent presidential election campaign to anything else in my experience, would be the takeoff of a Titan ICBM from an underground silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base. There […]

Phil Richardson: The grievous aftermath of a patrol in Niger

Phil Richardson: The grievous aftermath of a patrol in Niger

By Phil Richardson October 4th, 12 members of an American patrol were preparing to return to their base in Niger, a nation in the interior of northwestern Africa, after seeking a leading operative for the Islamic State, reported to be in the area. They were ambushed by an estimated force of 50 heavily armed militants […]

Phil Richardson: A double denouncement

Phil Richardson: A double denouncement

By Phil Richardson I have something sarcastic to say about Harvey Weinstein, the movie mogul who set a new public record for aberrant sexual behavior toward women (I came close to using “inexcusable” as an adverb, but “criminal” may be more appropriate), who now admits he “needs help” and “deserves a second chance.” You’ll soon […]

Phil Richardson: Hello NRA

Phil Richardson: Hello NRA

By Phil Richardson Yes, greetings to the National Rifle Association and all of its members for finally approving a ban on a device that easily permits the owners of assault rifles to quickly convert certain military rifles from a weapon that requires a single pull on the trigger, to a fully automatic weapon—an honest to […]

Phil Richardson: One take on Angela Merkel

Phil Richardson: One take on Angela Merkel

By Phil Richardson We cannot think of any World Leader more respected than the present Chancellor of Germany. The title is akin to president or prime minister in other democracies. She is the head administrator of her nation’s government, and in that role, her given name becomes her; Modest, retiring in behavior, little roused to […]

Phil Richardson: Vive La France

Phil Richardson: Vive La France

By Phil Richardson Thursday, September 21, 2017, Newsweek magazine published a poll taken by Suffolk University, headquartered in Boston, inquiring of 1,094 people in France as to how they viewed certain world leaders, among them, Germany’s Angela Merkel. It was with some surprise that I noted that 82-percent of the Citoyens Francais polled were very favorable of […]

Phil Richardson: The battle of the sexes

Phil Richardson: The battle of the sexes

By Phil Richardson Exactly 44 years ago—September 20, 1973, nearly 40,000 people squeezed into The Houston Astrodome or joined 90-million others in front of their TVs, to watch what was touted by sports writers to be “The Battle of the Sexes.” THE SETUP: The instigator, Bobby Riggs, a 55-year old (said at the time by […]

Phil Richardson: Climate change – the greatest concern

Phil Richardson: Climate change – the greatest concern

By Phil Richardson It is real and it threatens extinction of life on our planet, perhaps sooner than we imagine, if the trend line toward global warming is not turned around. One doesn’t need to be suffering the loss of a home from a wildfire or flood nor be breathing throat-rasping smoke, nor be one […]

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