And that includes the names of military bases -- or "posts" or "forts" or "camps," as the Army calls its facilities. The Navy has both "bases" and "ports", and only the Air Force – which didn't begin until after World War II -- uses "base" exclusively. But because the media has dubbed the issue of renaming military installations as "bases," that's what we will use. The larger point is that names are far from inviolate and frequently change with time. Read More
Published Articles by Doris Weatherford
· Re re-opening: next time around, let's keep the bars and nightclubs closed and instead open the libraries, museums, and art galleries. A very different sort of patron goes there, and space in these venues naturally encourages social distancing. To say nothing of holding down the cost of law enforcement. When's the last time you heard of a shoot-out at a library or museum?
· Re Republican objections to mailed ballots, isn't this the way Wall Street has run stockholder elections forever? You get a little card in the mail and can return it or not. Big corporations do not want your physical presence at the annual meetings they are required to have. It's just hypocritical for the Fraudster-in-Chief, who grew up in this milieu, to claim that voters must be physically present.
These topics are very important, but I've addressed them repeatedly and want to change the subject this week. I expect you might feel the same. I do want to acknowledge, though, that our current protests are historic, in that elected leaders are not allowing policemen and other "conservatives" to attack the demonstrators' right to free speech. Our grandchildren are picking up the protest signs we dropped after Richard Nixon's 1968 election, and genuine reform in the criminal justice system may be within sight. I hope so. Read More
Under our almost totally Republican officialdom, Florida government becomes more and more arbitrary, inefficient, and chaotic. I hope that voters who put such unwarranted faith in buzz words – especially Jeb's "People First!" and Rick Scott's "Let's Get to Work!"– will rewind to the days of Lawton Chiles and Bob Graham, when accountability and transparency meant something. It's not just that today's Tallahassee folks are inefficient: it seems they deliberately aim their poor service at poor people. Read More
I've been going through more than a half-century's worth of photo albums, picking out favorites of Hubby to use in a video at his memorial service, whenever the pandemic drops to the point that we can have it. Of course this makes me sad – not only for his loss, but also because I miss the people who cannot hug me right now, as well as those who never will again. This is especially true of the many aunts and uncles who nurtured him and me, with not an unkind person among literally dozens of them. Would that we had that generation back again! Read More
Thanks so much to those of you who told me that you were glad to see my return last week. Of course I continue to miss Hubby terribly, and I know that I shall for a long time. I also know, though, that he would want me to return to my writing life. He supported it for so long that he deserves some return on his investment, even though it may be a widow's mite. And I hope you will forgive me if I continue on themes closely related to him and our 54-year marriage. Read More
I've started this column dozens of times, mostly from my lonely bed around three or four in the morning. This is the first daytime attempt, though, and my major goal is not to allow tears to flood the keyboard. I still don't know a way to begin other than with those sentences that I've begun and then rejected during my mind's midnight rambles. The computer says that the last column I wrote was April 13, and my beloved Hubby died on April 19. It will have been more than a month by the time that you read this, and I nonetheless melt down regularly. Read More
The nation's biggest deficit may not be financial, either personal debt or public debt, but instead is attention deficit. My elders predicted it back in the days of black-and-white television: They feared that movies, radio, the new TV, and electronic devices they couldn't even envision would lead to a world in which everyone would insist on being entertained all the time. Playtime creativity would disappear as kids sat like zombies in front of the TV; even adults would dumb down as they became passive receivers instead of active doers. Read More
There still are a few things on my list of observations about our current crisis, but I'm depressed and tired of thinking about it -- and especially about the Idiot-in-Chief. In addition to the new global hell that we all are going through, I have my personal hell, as Hubby has regressed because of the pandemic. I stopped him from watching the news a long time ago, but he sees the changes in the hospital and has become very anxious and paranoid. Read More
It's hard to know what to say right now, as almost everything that can be said has been said about our history-making times. Still, a few thoughts that may be worth more thought. I wrote last week about possible positive effects of the global pandemic, but I didn't put that in terms of an epistemological concern that Hubby has had for decades, and I shall take this opportunity to explore it. Read More