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Serious mayhem occurred at the Capitol on Wednesday. There was a lockdown, gunfire and a fatality. Lawmakers had to be evacuated. (Associated Press)

America’s mental health crisis is here

With all the recent talk of “trusting the experts” it’s easy to forget that the best barometer of how things are faring is almost always ourselves. After all, we don’t need a federal jobs report to tell us our neighbor no longer has a small business; we don’t need to read a newspaper to tell us our parents are ill-protected in their nursing homes; and we sure don’t need mental health professionals to inform us that our children are psychologically breaking down.

President Joe Biden speaks about the coronavirus in the State Dinning Room of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Biden’s road more traveled

The inauguration of Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the 46th president returns the United States to the direction from whence it came. For the tens of millions who voted for him, his ascendance to the White House means the nation is getting back on track. Those who did not dread the U-turn he has vowed to make.

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The International Energy Agency forecasts that offshore wind energy could become a $1 trillion industry by 2040, with major U.S. growth expected in next decade. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Power grabbers hope pandemic will rally the 'green' revolution

For most individuals, tragedy is simply tragedy. For some, though, tragedy spells opportunity. Prominent among them are the chieftains of the "green" revolution who intend to seize upon the coronavirus pandemic turmoil to revamp global energy. It may be a venerable tradition of power grabbers to advance under cover of adversity, but it's not the American way.

FILE- In this Aug. 28, 1973, file photo, McGraw Hall stands on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. As colleges around the country grapple with how to reopen in the fall, on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, Cornell's president announced that it will welcome students back to campus, an option she said is best not only for their education, but also public health. (AP Photo/Jonathan Jay Fink)

Colleges put profit before safety during COVID-19 pandemic, at great cost

As of this writing, daily coronavirus case counts are over 30,000, a country-wide level we haven't seen since April. This past Thursday, we set a single-day record of nearly 60,000 new cases. Hospitals in many parts of the United States are exceeding capacity. Many states have hit "pause" on their re-opening plans. Some are re-closing. So, whether we like it or not, it's time to accept that infections are surging. Lord knows what the landscape will look like after the July 4th weekend.

The logo and building of the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, 15 April 2020.  (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)  **FILE**

The fudging of pandemic facts: China dithered, WHO dissembled and Americans died

Absolving a transgression requires the guilty party to fess up and make amends for the misdeed. Cleaning the slate also means practicing better behavior going forward. With fitting dispatch, disease experts in China and the World Health Organization (WHO) are addressing a fresh health peril brewing in China. Bravo, but these overseers of medical mayhem still owe the world — and the United States in particular — redress for their failures in repelling the current coronavirus pandemic. All should not yet be forgiven and forgotten.

The matter of Marxism: Black Lives Matter is rooted in a soulless ideology

Hundreds of thousands of Americans have taken to gathering in the streets to protest racial injustice. They comprise a rainbow of color — black, white and every hue in between. The nebulous organization behind it all, Black Lives Matter, has succeeded in bringing U.S. citizens together in common cause like never before in modern times. What's not to like? Its Marxist roots, that's what.

This combination photo shows, clockwise from top left, the Hulu logo on a window at the Milk Studios space in New York, the Amazon logo in Santa Monica, Calif., the Apple TV+ logo displayed outside the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles before the premiere of the the Apple TV+ series "See," and a screen grab of the Disney Plus streaming service on a computer screen. (AP Photo)

Digital revolution poses unique risks to America's intellectual inheritance

The phone in your palm has the potential to hold more books than filled the vaunted Library of Alexandria. Your movie subscription service grants you access to more films than you have hours in your life to watch. And song? Well, pick any tune from day one of recorded music to the present and the likelihood is high that you can listen to it after five minutes of online searching. Put another way, thanks to digital technology, we are living in an unprecedented time with respect to access of American (indeed, global) arts and letters.

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2019 file photo, Bloomfield High School transgender athlete Terry Miller, second from left, wins the final of the 55-meter dash over transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood, far left, and other runners in the Connecticut girls Class S indoor track meet at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. In a response to a lawsuit brought by three female high school runners, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference maintains that it is exempt from Title IX, that guarantees equal access to women and girls in education, including athletics. The lawsuit argues that male anatomy gives the transgender runners an unfair advantage in violation of Title IX. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb, File)

Boys will be boys: Transgender athletes have an unfair leg up on girls

Human progress is fueled by limitless flights of imagination. That's a good thing, except when the individual fantasy runs smack-dab into objective reality. Then it is best that the image so dear to one and so harmful to others remain a private reverie. Such is the case of young male athletes who claim to be young women, at least in their own minds. The physical advantage that lads have over lasses cannot be erased by wishful thinking, drugs or scalpels. Only the delusional refuse to accept that boys will be boys.

FILE - This July 24, 2018, file photo shows a portion of the 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return form. The Trump administration is working on plans to delay the April 15 federal tax deadline for most individual taxpayers as well as small businesses. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Congress on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, that the administration is "looking at providing relief to certain taxpayers and small businesses who will be able to get extensions on their taxes." (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Postpone tax payments until 2021

Now that the spread of COVID-19 has slowed and the curve has "flattened" it's time for policymakers to come up with ways to bring the economy back to where it was before the lockdowns imposed by so many of the nation's governors knocked it flat on its back.

Mayor Jenny Durkan has blood on her hands

This past weekend, a murder (along with two other shootings) occurred in the "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone" (CHAZ), a six-block neighborhood that has been occupied by left-wing protesters and provocateurs for the past two weeks. We can add this murder to the rape, battery and assaults taking place in the "cop-free" area patrolled by roving -- and armed -- bands of strongmen.

President Donald Trump arrives on stage to speak at a campaign rally at the BOK Center, Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump revives his drive to make America great again

Success in entertainment stakes its fortune on the notion that the show must go on. So does politics. Donald Trump, with a knack for occupying the sweet spot between the two, would no longer be restrained from taking the stage. With a jolt, he has relaunched his dormant 2020 presidential election campaign for a dash through a minefield of radical strife fueled by national sickness of body and soul.

The floor of the main lobby of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) **FILE**

Why America's intelligence agencies need reformation

If one judged only by Hollywood's depiction of the American intelligence community, one could be forgiven for believing we are possessed of an awesome, best-in-class assembly of hackers, spies, gatekeepers and various assortment of keyboard warriors, all at the ready to break-in, shutdown and generally disrupt the digital machinations of our enemies.

Newlyweds Corbett Leatherwood, left, of Manassas, Va., and Michele Davis, kiss during a photo session for their wedding photographer after passing through the 16th Street area that was renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza, Friday, June 12, 2020, near the White House in Washington, the site of protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. The couple were married outside of the Supreme Court earlier in the day, on the 53rd anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court case which legalized interracial marriage in the United States. "The message we are spreading is that love wins in the midst of all the bad things happening," says Davis, "being able to get married today and then come down here where people are fighting racial injustice was very important to us." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Achieving the dream with a rite, not a riot: Mixed marriage takes the hatred out of race

It has happened again: A black man dies at the hands of white police officers, this time in Atlanta. Like clockwork, crowds gather, angry voices fill the air, mingling with the smoke of arson-lit fires. It's another made-for-media performance of the nation's race ritual, one that hardens hearts and betrays the dream of a colorblind society that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. held so dear. An altogether different rite is playing out across America, though. And over time, it cannot but extinguish the hatred: interracial and interethnic marriage.

The City of Detroit removed the bust of Christopher Columbus statue in the median of Randolph Street facing the intersection of Jefferson Avenue in downtown Detroit. Workers removed the statue Monday morning, June 15, 2020. All that remains is the empty pedestal.  (John T. Greilick/Detroit News via AP)

The use and abuse of history: Removal of statues means historically rudderless America

Two days ago, the mayor of Detroit ordered a bust of Christopher Columbus removed from its pedestal. It was a peaceful removal for the Italian-born discoverer of the new world. After all, last week in Boston he was beheaded and in Richmond he was pushed into a lake. One supposes he is used to the harsh treatment. In many cities and states, his namesake holiday has long been replaced with Indigenous Peoples Day. In a few decades, it is not inconceivable he will be relegated to a proverbial footnote of history.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden smiles while speaking during a roundtable on economic reopening with community members, Thursday, June 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Trump vs. Biden on criminal justice

The long, hot summer of discontent we can expect as the numerous protests of police violence are accompanied by sackings, and lootings are bound to have an impact on the upcoming presidential race. Whether it will benefit President Donald J. Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden is, at this point, anybody's guess.

A woman wearing a protective face mask walks past an American flag in front of a closed business during the new coronavirus pandemic, Monday, May 11, 2020, in Palm Beach, Fla. Palm Beach County was authorized by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to initiate Phase 1 reopening regulations Monday, which includes limited reopening of retail establishments. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Out with the new, in with the old: How to survive in a post-COVID-19 world

As the most famous living poet in America once sang, "He not busy being born, is busy dying." These are words for the current moment. Take a look around. Everywhere, from our education and financial and technological systems, down to our familial dynamics and even the way we as individuals view ourselves and live, things are changing. And thanks to pressure of current events, they are changing -- irrevocably -- fast.