Robotham articles

The Internet is littered with images such as this portraying President Obama as everything from a communist and fascist dictator to radical Islamic fundamentalist and peacenik.

Fear Factor

Fear Factor

By Tom Robotham   A lot of people today are concerned with rising sea levels—as well they should be. But there is another rising tide that poses an even greater threat to our collective wellbeing: a tide of political hatred. Fear and loathing in the political arena is nothing new, of course. The great historian

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The Pilot Has Lost Its Way

By Tom Robotham I’ve loved journalism for as long as I can remember, and I suppose I have my father to thank for that. The New York Times was a daily presence in our house when I was growing up, and my father read it each morning with the concentration of a rabbi studying the

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Talking More Proudly Than Ever

By Tom Robotham   The Emperor shivered, for he suspected they were right. But he thought, ‘This procession has got to go on.’ So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn’t there at all. ~ Hans Christian Andersen, The Emperor’s New Clothes. Here we go again. Norfolk

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A Modest Proposal

By Tom Robotham Last month in this space, I took Norfolk officials to task for claiming in a new vision statement that our humble town “is America’s vibrant, heritage port city where people of all backgrounds and ages are actively transforming their neighborhoods, economy and culture into the most fun and livable waterfront community in

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