Trump is more Beckett than Sartre

David A. Graham’s latest in The Atlantic, “There’s No Way Out”, is subtitled, “Trump’s presidency may be a dysfunctional disaster, but there’s no apparent way to end it.”. In the piece, Graham offers a survey of observations and incidents on his way to building the case that we have no exit from Trump and his…

Enough with Goldwater Rule, we have a duty to warn

For more than a year, many United States citizens have been expressing unease when it comes to talking about whether our country’s president has a personality disorder or is behaving in a way that isn’t healthy and should get attention from people who can alter it. However, regardless of whether someone has a state-issued mental…

Two ice orchids and an inch of growth

This is a excerpt from a longer work in progress. When you’re 54 years old and you haven’t had a physical exam in four years, you need to prepare. I shouldn’t have waited four years. Not while I had health care coverage and a capacity to pay – never to be taken for granted. And…

The day the news died

I was on the treadmill. It was late 2016. I caught myself watching Good Morning America after 8am, instead of C-SPAN, CNN or MSNBC. I never watched “those” morning shows – the ones with the cute banter and cuter outfits, with audiences waving inside and outside and segments about the hottest new something – toys,…

Invitation to Ohio State Rep. Niraj Antani

On Wednesday, January 3rd, the Dayton Daily News reported that Ohio State Representative Niraj Antani (R-26, Miamisburg) is “pushing a bill [HB 457] that would require people on parole or probation who test positive for illegal opioids [to] be jailed or sent to a 30-day residential drug treatment program”. The article also indicates it would…

Editorial Note

Thank you to everyone reading WLST. On one hand, I can’t believe I didn’t write a single word here throughout 2017. On the other hand, I know exactly why I didn’t and will write more about that in future posts. I will publish daily on the weekdays but other than this note, I do not…