Phil Richardson: The Freedom Caucus sure is raucous

Phil Richardson: The Freedom Caucus sure is raucous

By Phil Richardson Yesterday, I was informed by my HMO, United Healthcare under AARP MedicareComplete, that the hospital where I’ve been a patient several times since 2011 will no longer be part of the Tucson medical network supported by the prestigious Hartford Insurance Company. My primary care physician and most of my specialists are affiliated […]

Phil Richardson: Trump Tower Baku—Take Two

Phil Richardson: Trump Tower Baku—Take Two

By Phil Richardson On June 8th of 2016, I published an article titled “Trump Tower Missing.” I was writing about an empty, 33-story luxury hotel and condo ‘way out in the low- rent district of Baku, Azerbaijan—once a part of the USSR—under the control of President for Life Ilham Aliyev. He is the son of […]

Phil Richardson: Real news and fake news, Part II

Phil Richardson: Real news and fake news, Part II

By Phil Richardson “Seward’s Folly,” also called “Billy’s Icebox” (Cold), referring at the time to the scandalous purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867 for $7.2-million ($90-mil in today’s money) promoted by Secretary of State William Seward and much opposed by newspapers of both Republican and Democratic Party persuasions, turned out to be a pretty […]

Phil Richardson: A crazy time of complaining

Phil Richardson: A crazy time of complaining

By Phil Richardson Acrimony: sharpness, harshness, stinging bitterness in speech and manner I visited my Tax Preparer yesterday and while doing what he has done for me for years, he posed a profound question—one worth repeating: “Isn’t this a crazy time? Have you ever seen anything like it?” My immediate response was “No sir, I […]

Phil Richardson: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer

Phil Richardson: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer

By Phil Richardson I chose to present a critique of the current spokesperson for the Tweeter in Chief for several reasons, the greatest of which is due to the fact that most of the presidential press secretaries seem to have a public life that is somewhat shorter than that of a mayfly. One day there […]

Phil Richardson: Steve Bannon, advisor extraordinaire to President Trump

Phil Richardson: Steve Bannon, advisor extraordinaire to President Trump

By Phil Richardson A brief history of the person who holds a special place among all those advising our President. The 63-ish, sturdy guy with the long, tousled bangs is often seen standing some distance from Trump’s desk, but among the covey of supporters and media types watching the President draw his signature on yet […]

Phil Richardson: Rome was not built in a day

Phil Richardson: Rome was not built in a day

By Phil Richardson The search for the originator of this catch phrase turned up more names than there are stones in the Coliseum in Rome. It is one of a score of Medieval French folk sayings mentioned by author John Haywood in 1538 and as late as 1895 by Swiss linguist Adolph Tobler. I suggest […]

Phil Richardson: Sabrina Gonzales Pasterski

Phil Richardson: Sabrina Gonzales Pasterski

By Phil Richardson I write this to honor my Mother, Ethel Phillips Richardson. Had she been alive, Mom would have been in The Woman’s March somewhere this past weekend. A smallpox survivor who lost twin brothers to that disease when she was barely able to remember the poverty into which she was born, my Mom […]

Phil Richardson: We are in for tumultuous times – Part II

Phil Richardson: We are in for tumultuous times – Part II

By Phil Richardson In a couple of days, we are going to have a new President. This is my last chance to say some things about President Obama and the President-elect, Donald Trump. For the first time since I came of age, I decided I could not vote for either presidential candidate this time. As […]

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