Richard Elfers

Trump’s luck may be running out

Trump’s luck may be running out

Nowhere in the world has seen improvement as a result of Trump’s actions. Eventually, Trump’s luck will run out and the chickens will come home to roost.

Trump’s luck may be running out
Weighing individual rights vs. the common good

Weighing individual rights vs. the common good

Which is more important in government – protecting individual rights or working for the common good? When I ask my civics and government students that… Continue reading

Weighing individual rights vs. the common good
Danger lurks when people have got nothing to lose

Danger lurks when people have got nothing to lose

“Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ to left to lose.” These words from the song “Me and Bobby McGee,” penned by singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson, epitomize… Continue reading

Danger lurks when people have got nothing to lose
Maybe it’s time Congress takes back its power

Maybe it’s time Congress takes back its power

Which of the three branches of government was intended to be the most powerful? You’ve got three choices: The presidency, the court or Congress. I’ll… Continue reading

Maybe it’s time Congress takes back its power
America is denying three hard truths

America is denying three hard truths

“Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.” — George R.R. Martin, “A Game of Thrones.” This quotation seems especially relevant today… Continue reading

America is denying three hard truths
The three personas of President Trump

The three personas of President Trump

“And will the real Donald Trump please stand up!” These famous words originated from the old game show, “To Tell the Truth,” which aired beginning… Continue reading

The three personas of President Trump
Humility allows for tolerance of other’s opinions

Humility allows for tolerance of other’s opinions

What if you lived in Europe during the 16th century? Would you be a liberal or a conservative? Democracy as we know it today did… Continue reading

Humility allows for tolerance of other’s opinions
Without coal mining, there would be no Black Diamond

Without coal mining, there would be no Black Diamond

Why is the town of Black Diamond called Black Diamond? Black Diamond’s name comes from a mining company in California in the 1880’s called the… Continue reading

Without coal mining, there would be no Black Diamond
Confederate statues: the many meanings and reasons

Confederate statues: the many meanings and reasons

A history professor once commented that rarely do the defeated erect statues to their defeats. On a personal level, do you display mementos of your… Continue reading

Confederate statues: the many meanings and reasons
As a nation, we live in a time of distraction

As a nation, we live in a time of distraction

Zeitgeist is the German word for the spirit of the times. There is usually at least one zeitgeist found in every age. It is the… Continue reading

As a nation, we live in a time of distraction
Do you live in the past, present or future?

Do you live in the past, present or future?

I put off pleasure in the present because I hoped to enjoy it in the indefinite future

Do you live in the past, present or future?