Basic American Values

By Louis R. Avallone

By now, you know that Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise was wounded, along with two Capitol Police officers, a congressional staffer, and a lobbyist, after a shooter opened fire at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. The shooter’s motive is thought to be related to his expressed grievances online about President Donald Trump and Republicans. […]

Safety Goggles

By Louis R. Avallone

In Berkeley, California, masked protesters smashed windows, stormed buildings, and set fires recently on the campus of the University of California to shut down a speech by Milo Yiannopoulos, a Breitbart News editor. The university canceled the event and blamed “150 masked agitators” for the unrest, saying they had come to campus to disturb an […]

For Crying Out Loud

By Louis R. Avallone

Good grief, Charlie Brown! In December 1965, nearly 15 million viewers, or one-half of the television viewing audience, tuned in to watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” It has become the longest-running cartoon special in history, but it almost was canceled before it ever was aired. You see, the CBS network executives were less than impressed. […]

A Fool’s Choice

By Louis R. Avallone

Manners tell us what to do, and what to expect others to do, in return. We say “please” and “thank you”. We don’t intentionally embarrass one another, or ask personal, prying questions. We hold a door open for someone, give up our seat in a waiting room for someone who needs it more than we […]

Wanting It

By Louis R. Avallone

Many admire that he says things other people are afraid to say. The conventional wisdom was that his popularity would fizzle, but instead, it has sizzled. He’s just a showman, they say. He’s been called an entertainer, and criticized as not being a politician. He’s not spent any time volunteering for political campaigns, walking neighborhoods, […]

This Won’t Sound Good

By Louis R. Avallone

This won’t sound good. It will seem uncompassionate and unfeeling. Perhaps even mean. But here it goes: I really don’t care to hear about Lamar Odom anymore, or the headlines that seemingly wonder aloud how this could have happened. Yes, I know he has played on two (2) NBA championship teams. And that he apparently […]

Call Me Mannerly, First

By Louis R. Avallone

Do you know that there are 50 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute? Or that there are 6,000 messages sent on Twitter every second? And that there are more than a billion people who are regularly sharing stories, links, photos and videos on Facebook? It reminds me of the Toby Keith song from […]