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Author Archives: Jack L.B. Gohn

When the other folks give up theirs

Jack LB Gohn

There is a temptation, when racists like President Donald Trump and tiki-torch bullyboys command so much attention, to let the rest of ourselves too lightly off the hook, because most of us who happen to be white don’t think like ...

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Revive the draft? Bite your tongue!

Jack LB Gohn

Have you learned nothing, journalist Clyde Haberman? You’re my age, plus four years. You, like me, are of the Vietnam generation, the last generation to face the military draft. We, of all people, should know that forcible conscription is something ...

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Summer Is Coming

Jack LB Gohn

Staggering heat in the Northwest. Biblical deluges in Houston. Islands wiped out in the Caribbean. These are but tiny recent pieces of a discouraging and familiar story. Our coral reefs are disappearing: 90 percent of them are expected to die ...

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Relearning Detroit

Jack LB Gohn

Until I saw Dominique Morrisseau’s 2013 play “Detroit ’67” and Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s new movie “Detroit,” my understanding of the 1967 disturbance in the city was fragmentary, based on knowing a bit but not understanding the essentials of ...

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The offensive offensive

Jack LB Gohn

Even his biggest fans would probably agree that President Donald Trump is the most incivil president in our history. The almost daily outpouring of venom, spleen and gaucherie from the White House is both beyond dispute and unprecedented. Whether it ...

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Interesting times

Jack LB Gohn

For a columnist who writes about policy matters, this is a challenging time. In principle, we live in a target-rich environment. Probably not since the New Deal has there been such a concerted effort by government to change existing laws ...

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