By Bill Britton At his Tulsa rally, President Trump declared that burning the American flag should result in a one-year jail term for the perpetrator. (See: https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-people-who-burn-an-american-flag-should-go-to-jail-for-a-year-2020-6) The US Supreme Court, however, ruled in 1989 that burning an American flag is constitutionally protected speech under the First Amendment. At first glance, transforming flag desecration from … Continue reading Op Ed: Flag Burning is Protected Under the First Amendment.
President Ronald Reagan often was referred to as the “Great Communicator.” President Donald Trump may well go down in history as one of the better “Manipulators” among the 45 U. S. presidents. Publisher of The New York Times learned that lesson when he agreed to what appears to have been an “off the record” … Continue reading Stanford Erickson: Trump’s Gotcha Meeting with a Publisher.
[ Vero Communiqué strives to encourage a free and open exchange of issues and ideas by welcoming reader’s editorial submissions. Through discussions like these we can all learn more about the topics themselves and the perspectives of others.] By Steve Meyer, Vero Beach, FL What do real estate and elections have in common? Surprisingly, … Continue reading Steve Meyer: An Open Letter to Republicans Concerning the 2017 Elections.
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.”
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.”
THOMAS JEFFERSON'S CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA IS FRONT AND CENTER AROUND THE WORLD AT THE TOP OF NEWS FEEDS, IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES IMPARTING THE INSTANTANEOUS "NEW" NEWS OF THE TRAVESTY AND TRAGEDY OF AN ALT-RIGHT RALLY OVER THE REMOVAL OF A BRONZE STATUE OF GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE HOLDING TIGHT TO HIS BELOVED, BUCKING HORSE TRIGGER. A tragedy and travesty over the … Continue reading Sherry Nist Corey: “If Robert E. Lee Were Talking, Would We Be Listening?”
By Stanford Erickson, a resident of Vero Beach, FL who has worked in journalism 40 years. His website is http://www.StanfordErickson.com. WHAT DO PRESIDENTS FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT, RICHARD NIXON, BILL CLINTON AND DONALD TRUMP HAVE IN COMMON? THEY HAVE ALL SOUGHT TO TRANSFORM AMERICA WHILE KEEPING IT UNIQUE. Most other U.S. presidents over the last 100 … Continue reading Guest Column: Trump Stands Among Presidents Who Transformed the U.S While Keeping it Unique.
Governor Reagan orders the first tear gas attack by helicopter on U.S. soil over the campus of U.C. Berkeley, during the People's Park protests in May 1969. The first couple of years when Ronald Reagan was governor of California, I covered him as a young reporter in San Francisco. Our newspaper’s political reporter passed the … Continue reading Stanford Erickson*: “The Country May Need a Bully.”