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Published Articles by Doris Weatherford

A Long Story, but…

You know that I call this column "In Context" because its chief purpose is to put current issues in the context of the past.  Once in a while, though, I intend to convey a point that needs a lot of background to put the point in its context.  This is one of those.  I've been reading "Clan of the Cave Bear" -- and yes, I know that this bestseller was popular in the 1980s, but I was busy.  That was the decade in which I published my first two books, one on immigrant women and the other on women during World War II.  Everything I read – and there were hundreds of books – was related to those topics. Read More 

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It's a Good Day

when you don't have to check the news repeatedly to keep up with Donald Trump's latest atrocity.  Not that he isn't trying, but since the many attacks that his supporters have perpetrated on journalists, the media isn't cooperating with free publicity anymore.  Things have calmed down to the point that public life is kind of boring, which is the way it should be.  Read More 

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Take Apart and Put Back Together Again

As its number implies, HR 1 was the highest priority of the House when the new congressional session began in January.  Six months later, this biggest voting-rights bill since 1965 is dead, killed by the loss of the similarly numbered Senate bill.  We Democrats didn't have enough votes to overcome the obstruction led by Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell, so now the legislation is tossed.  Yet it's not too late to retrieve the big bill from the bin and get the important things done by passing separate parts --- the ideas with which the public almost entirely agrees. Read More 

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Juneteenth

The quick and nearly unanimous passage of a bill to create Juneteenth as a new federal holiday is an amazing marker of the real change voters made last November.  We pushed out an archaic administration that was deep into denial and replaced it with a realistic one that acknowledges historical facts.  As you doubtless now know – but may not have known until recently – Juneteenth recognizes the time that slaves near Galveston, Texas, became aware that they were free.  Read More 

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The Only Non-Controversial Part of the US Constitution

Last week I used "BBQ" as a reminder of things I wanted to write about.  I covered birds/bees and books before running out of space for "q."  It was there to remind me of the only part of the US Constitution – or more technically, the Bill of Rights – that never has been litigated, challenged or even debated.  Now largely forgotten, the Sixth Amendment forbids the quartering of troops in civilian homes. Read More 

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BBQ

That's my reminder for things to write about this week -- along with "L," which doesn't work as an acronym.   The first two usages of "B" actually are one – "birds and bees."  There could be a third, "butterflies," and even a fourth, "books."  I find such word association helpful when there's no electronic device, or even a pencil, nearby for jotting down ideas.  Such as when I'm sitting on a porch.  I recently did a lot of porch-sitting at my daughter's home in Manassas, Virginia, looking up from my book now and then to think about what was going on in the natural world.  Read More 

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How We Became Americans

The headline in Daily Kos read, "Virulent anti-immigrant zealot announces bid" for the Pennsylvania governorship.  Even before I opened it, I said to myself, "Whatta want to bet that it's a man and his name is from one of the ethnic groups that came near the 1924 congressional cutoff of mass immigration?"  Sure enough, he's Lou Barletta.  Earlier, as a city official, he pushed an anti-immigrant ordinances that the court struck down.  The lawyer for that expensive case?  Kris Kobach. Read More 

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Capitalism, Communism, and Competition

The dateline in the New York Times was from China, and the sub-headline read:  "Fueled with money from Wall Street and local officials, [Chinese] automakers are building a huge production lead.  They plan to build 8 million electric cars a year by 2028, more than Europe and America combined."  We Westerners are so accustomed to thinking of ourselves as threatened and so willing to engage in rivalry that my first reaction was "we are losing this game."  Detroit, which began mass production of automobiles, is going down the tubes, and a nation that depended on water buffalo until recently is outpacing us. Read More 

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Bamboo Ballots and More

I'm sorry, but my mind can't help picturing Republican consultants slapping their knees and howling with laughter as they witness the continual gullibility of their target audience.  You probably have seen that their latest game is convincing naïve folks in Arizona that thousands of ballots for Biden were flown in from Southeast Asia and can be identified by bamboo fragments in the paper.  Guys in MAGA hats have stirred up Phoenix's election office, making a mess as they examine ballots for bamboo.  Some state Republicans regret that they authorized this "audit" -- but consultants make money from such nativity and nonsense.  I'm sure they laugh all the way to the bank. Read More 

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The New Day That Will Live In Infamy

The more time passes, the more I am impressed by the enormity of January 6th.  It will be a day that will live in greater infamy than December 7, 1941, when Japan attacked our Hawaii Territory.  January 6, 2021, however, was our own citizens attacking our own Capitol -- and threatening to kill officials who were elected by a majority of their constituents.  Many commentators pointed out that this was the first invasion of the capital since the War of 1812 -- but that attack also was by another nation, not by our own citizens.  Nothing ever has been comparable to last January. Read More 

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