American Democracy · Class in America · The Unwinding of America

Books about class in America

I’ve never thought much about class in America until I read White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America by Joan C Williams.  Reading this book was quite a revelation to me.   It turns out that class is at the center of the political problems that are tearing America up right now. I’ll write a…… Continue reading Books about class in America

The Unwinding of America · US Politics

If the Democrats want to win, they must become a true party of the people

Right now the Democratic party is concentrating on stopping DonaldTrump.  The main effort is to keep Trump from destroying health care, from destroying everything that once made America great and even from destroying American Democracy.  And, at this point, this is at it should be. However, the Democrats need to think about the next election,…… Continue reading If the Democrats want to win, they must become a true party of the people

Small town America

Casper Wyoming, a small town with a surprising past.

Part 5 of the series Small Town America  I grew up in Casper, Wyoming, from age seven to age nineteen.  To me, Casper had always been this small, isolated, provincial, western town in a cowboy state known for its sheep and cattle and, I thought, a few oil wells.  It was the place where I grew…… Continue reading Casper Wyoming, a small town with a surprising past.

Personal Articles · Small town America

Grade school in Casper, Wyoming 1947-1952

The fourth article in a series on Small Town America. When I was seven years old, my parents decided to move to Wyoming. My uncle Ken lived in Casper, Wyoming where he taught at a very small two year college called Casper college.  He talked my father into applying for a job at Casper College…… Continue reading Grade school in Casper, Wyoming 1947-1952

Personal Articles · Small town America · The Unwinding of America

Small town America, then and now

Part 3 of the series, Small Town America After thinking a little more about my early days in the small town of Hancock, Michigan, it seems to me that there are some pretty significant differences between what small town life was like in the 1940s and what it is like now. The main point I’m…… Continue reading Small town America, then and now

Small town America · The Unwinding of America · Trump

Coal mining and survival in Appalachia

This post is a review of an article in this week’s New Yorker Magazine titled “The Future of Coal Country”, by Eliza Griswold.  Here is a link to the original article.  All quotations in this post are from that article. The New Yorker article is mainly about Veronica Coptis, a local from Greene County, Pennsylvania…… Continue reading Coal mining and survival in Appalachia

Personal Articles · Small town America

My small towns, 2: Hancock, Michigan, 1944-1947

Part 2 of the series Small Town America When I was very young, my family lived in Hancock, Michigan.  This was definitely a very small town and still is.  The current population is 4581, which is pretty much the same as it was when I lived there. Hancock is right up on the end of…… Continue reading My small towns, 2: Hancock, Michigan, 1944-1947