Published Articles by Doris Weatherford

Children at the Crossroads

June 18, 2018

It seems that nothing about the Trump administration has hit the public imagination – especially Republican women – as much as the separation of children from their parents during the immigration process. Former First Lady Laura Bush even wrote a piece for the Washington Post decrying the new policy imposed by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). She compared it to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, but that is not a correct analogy, as men, women, and children were allowed to live as families in those camps. It’s more akin to Hitler’s concentration camps, where Jews and others were separated by gender and age. Think Sophie’s Choice. (more…)

The Good News Keeps Rolling In

June 11, 2018

I’ve always been an optimist – probably too much so – but decades of researching and writing history compel me to see the sunny side. We have historical high points and low points, but in the long term, the valleys rise to become mountains. This has been the case ever since we climbed out of the sea. Progress is not straight, but it is steady. (more…)

Nothing Lasts Forever

June 4, 2018

You see those wretched pictures of the Middle East, with bombed out concrete homes that always were ugly on their sea of sand, and you wonder, “What happened to the “Hanging Gardens of Babylon?” Or maybe you go to Egypt and marvel at the pyramids and see the chaotic state of life there today, and think “what happened?” Ditto with the abandonments of the Aztec and the Inca in Latin America and the once-Great Wall of China and many more. (more…)

Fairly Briefly

May 28, 2018

When we spent three months in Portugal, my daughter and I vowed to kiss the ground in front of Publix after we returned. I love the store! And I’m not surprised that they gave a bunch of money to Adam Putnam: both Publix’s founding family, the Jenkins, and the Putnams are old central Florida people. (You know there’s a county named Putnam, don’t you?) I’m also not surprised that some customers are outraged at Publix’s spending “our” money to take sides in the gubernatorial election. The solution: ban corporate contributions to candidates. We did that before, but the US Supreme Court ruled that money was free speech. We should overturn that. (more…)

Grandparents, Parents, and Maybe Too Much Information

May 21, 2018

By the time you read this, I’ll be in Arkansas, in the middle of a weekend celebration for my younger sister’s 50th wedding anniversary. She is the fifth of my parents’ six children to reach this milestone; my younger brother will do so two years from now. When I mentioned this to my doctor at USF Health, she said, “That must be some kind of record.” I demurred, and she went to the outer office and posed the question to the staff. It turned out that no one ever had heard of such a big family in which everyone reached their 50th anniversary. I really hadn’t thought of it that way, and I’d be interested in what you think. I also apologize if you think I’m bragging: I don’t intend that. So, in all humility and recognition of unusually good fortune: (more…)

Two NRAs

May 14, 2018

Hubby and I like to watch old movies on TCM, and at the beginning of one from 1934, there was an emblem featuring the letters “NRA.” I recognized it in its context, and wondered how many other viewers would. Too many today probably would think that the National Rifle Association was active already back in the days of black-and-white movies -- but during the Great Depression of the 1930s, NRA stood for the National Recovery Act, or perhaps the agency that carried out the law’s purposes, National Recovery Administration. Its logo was a blue eagle stylized to reflect modern industrialism, and the eagle usually was accompanied by the NRA slogan, “We Do Our Part.” (more…)

The Real News

May 7, 2018

You’ve heard that the physician who claimed that Donald Trump was the healthiest presidential candidate “ever” did not actually write the letter proclaiming that. Trump did. The real news: He writes? Whole letters? On stationery? Who knew? (more…)

Questions I Can’t Answer

April 30, 2018

For reasons I can’t explain, an outfit called “ConservativeInstitute.org” has taken to advertising on Daily Kos, an extremely un-conservative news source. I don’t know if this is just another example of how Republicans have enough money that they can waste a lot of it; or if they are sufficiently deluded to think they will convert Democrats with a picture featuring two perfectly straight arrows for civic good, Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Schumer. I guess they hope we will confuse their somber faces with scary ones. (more…)

The Last of a Long Era

April 23, 2018

That’s Barbara Bush. She probably was the last of the “stand behind your man” type of first lady and the last of political matriarchs who ruled with imperceptible velvet gloves. As I think she was the last, I’m going to predict that from now on a woman who wants a political life simply will openly avow that. She no longer has to marry, bear sons, and live vicariously -- something that was the case for most of human history. (more…)

If You Think You Live in the Worst of Times

April 16, 2018

You should read some history. Or, for more graphic exposure, watch it. Hubby and I stopped watching Netflix’s “Marco Polo” because the violence on the screen was just too real – as it really was at the time. Asian rulers in Polo’s era – and long after – routinely tortured and killed their political enemies by extremely cruel methods. People were skinned alive, and prolonged “death by a thousand cuts” was common. Prisoners of war were caged until they perished of thirst and hunger. (more…)

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