Author: Terry Schwadron

Terry H. Schwadron retired as a senior editor at The New York Times, Deputy Managing Editor at The Los Angeles Times and leadership jobs at The Providence (RI) Journal-Bulletin. He was part of a Pulitzer Gold Medal team in Los Angeles, and his team part of several Pulitzers in New York. As an editor, Terry created new approaches in newsrooms, built technological tools and digital media. He pursued efforts to recruit and train minority journalists and in scholarship programs. A resident of Harlem, he volunteers in community storytelling, arts in education programs, tutoring and is an active freelance trombone player.

Falsehoods and Excuses Encourage Shootings The response to the clearly identified racially-motivated shootings in Buffalo has trod an unfortunate, predictable path. There was initial outrage across political and racial lines, there were the expected denunciations of both gun availability and counterarguments about mental illness affecting a single individual, and there was public handwringing over the too-often repeated conspiracies, particularly among Republican politicians and select cable and social media that support a “Great Replacement Theory.” Clearly, there also will be no new national legislation about the availability of guns nor more money for mental health services. There also were charges filed…

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Inflation and the Political Price of Hot Air The public’s frustration about the economy is centered on high prices for food, fuel and housing. In simple terms, we understand inflated prices to be the result of the effects of Covid on supply lines and manufacturing; of the direct worsening effects of conflicts, tariffs and war in Europe; and of at least some instances of corporations taking advantage. The Federal Reserve took action this week to do what it has done traditionally in times of too-high inflation. The central bankers are raising the main borrowing rates a half percentage point, with…

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Basic Human Dignities and Inclusiveness Are At Stake Now that we have seen the reasoning behind the apparent impending reversal of abortion rights, the expectation is that the Supreme Court’s conservative majority is about to run the table. Hard-won protections for same-sex marriage, civil rights, transgender policies and even contraceptives may be at stake. Indeed, based on the abortion draft decision, we can anticipate further challenges. But what may be more noteworthy right now is spreading fear – and some initial actions — that may prove to be as harmful to an America redefining its divided self. It is…

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French Election Shows Major Similarities to America Over Russia, Inflation, Covid and Immigration Usually, at least when Donald Trump is not a candidate, the easy part of elections, including Sunday’s presidential election in France that returned Emmanuel Macron, is determining the winner. But even if the result is expected through polling and wide numbers of voter interviews, figuring out what it means may be more complicated. In the end, the rejection of the far-right alternative, Marine Le  Pen by 17 percentage points made the outcome seem a handy win for Macron. But it obscured two far more important observations…

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Amid now familiar divides about gun legislation,  President Joe Biden on Monday targeted ghost guns for special federal law enforcement. Perfectly aware that he cannot get such a bill through Congress, Biden is relying on executive actions that are susceptible to overturn should an opponent win the next presidential election. Nevertheless, his remarks made clear that he feels the White House must do something to rein in a growing number of gun crimes across the country. At the same time, he named Steve Dettelbach, a former U.S. attorney from Ohio, as a replacement to head the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms…

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Yet Again, the House Committee Investigating the Insurrection Raises Expectations With Little Payoff Hearing that a House committee thinks Donald Trump and his inner circle “might have conspired to commit fraud and obstruction by misleading Americans about the outcome of the 2020 election and attempting to overturn the result” is not helpful. Almost as annoying as Trump’s constant whines about “rigged elections” and voter fraud to justify his loss are reports leaking freely that Trump may be involved in some possible criminal or illegal activity – always adding fuel to a never-starting criminal fire. Enough already, House Select Committee on…

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DeSantis and Radical Republicans Want to Ban Making White People Feel Bad We finally have a bill about feelings. Set aside decisions about building infrastructure and fixing bridges or creating pre-kindergarten or considering sheltering the homeless or even preserving voting rights – things  governments might do either federally or locally to deal with social problems. This one is about the preservation of emotions. A bill gained the approval of the Florida Senate Education Committee this week that seeks to bar public schools or workplaces from making people feel “discomfort” or “guilt” about their race during lessons or training focused on…

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