Illustration: David and Bathsheba (Flemish tapestry) Some claim that the decline of our national morality began with Bill Clinton. His rendezvous with Monica Lewinski was certainly a headline-grabber and indicated a moral lapse unbefitting an American President. But one only need look back a few generations to find more-recent examples of Presidential indiscretions: e.g., Eisenhower … Continue reading Bill Britton: “Power and Sexual Harassment.”
http://www.verocommunique.com, now a 501(3)C not-for-profit online news outlet, often receives inquiries from its readers about certain topics of interest; and in this case a reader asked us to research the underfunded pension obligations "on our local Vero/IRC level." Here is the inquiry recently received. "While your article on whether the Indian River County, FL article … Continue reading Yes, Sir, We Will Research the Situation with Any Underfunding of Pension Obligations in Vero Beach and Indian River County, FL. And How Those Pension Plans Work.
Apparently, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un had a unique idea for farmers when they fertilize their crops, and it’s causing a wave of parasitic infections across the country: Use human excrement. According to Yahoo News, in 2014 Kim Jong-un instructed farmers to mix human feces with animal waste and organic compost to make fertilizer … Continue reading Alert: North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un is Fertilizing Crops With Human Excrement.
Chinese President Xi Jinping My wife and I just returned from nearly two weeks in China and a week in South Korea. As a U.S. Army reporter for Stars & Stripes, I covered South Korea for 15 months in the mid 1960s and as editor with Knight-Ridder I wrote on China, once interviewed Jiang Zemin, … Continue reading Stanford Erickson: “President Xi Can Save Us.”
The tragedy of Las Vegas prompted me to reflect on gun violence, and my personal history. A Christmas Story It all began innocently enough. In the late 1950s, I received the Christmas gift that every boy dreamt of in that far-off Age of Innocence: a BB gun. For those who have watched “A Christmas Story” … Continue reading Bill Britton: “I am Part of America’s Gun Culture.”
Jacksonville Jaguars players kneeling on Sunday, September 24, 2017 during the playing of the national anthem at the first NFL game since President Trump called for players who take a knee to be fired. Like “taking a knee” during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” flag burning seems truly criminal to many of those who … Continue reading Bill Britton: “Taking a Knee.”
Cándido Ríos Vázquez THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB AND ITS NONPROFIT JOURNALISM INSTITUTE JOIN OUR COLLEAGUES AROUND THE GLOBE IN MOURNING THE DEATH OF CANDIDO RIOS VAZQUEZ, A MEXICAN JOURNALIST WHO REPORTED EXTENSIVELY ON CORRUPTION IN HIS COUNTRY. The 57-year-old, who was in a government program to protect journalists because of threats on his life, was gunned … Continue reading Kathy Kiely: “National Press Club, NPC Journalism Institute Stand With Mexico’s Journalists.”