Beacons of Hope

Beacons of Hope

By Tom Robotham Teach your parents well / Their children’s hell will slowly go by. ~ Graham Nash In the immediate aftermath of the massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the debate over gun control began anew—but there was little reason...
Changing Lives

Changing Lives

By Tom Robotham   Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works… ~ The Gospel According to Matthew, 5:16   Last year at this time, I was struggling to process the news that my longtime mentor, Nat Hentoff, had died. (See ‘Thank You, Nat...
What Makes a City Great?

What Makes a City Great?

By Tom Robotham   Recently The Virginian-Pilot ran a story headlined, “Virginia Beach is the Greatest City in the Country, says a new survey.” The survey in question was conducted by WalletHub, a financial-information website—not exactly in the same league as the Pew...
Paris Redux

Paris Redux

By Tom Robotham During a recent trip to Paris, as I noted last month in this space, I was reminded of Woody Allen’s observation that no single work of art can ever compare with a great city—for in great cities, “every street…is its own special art form.” Since then,...
The American People

The American People

By Tom Robotham I have a lot of pet peeves. But if I had to pick one that stands out above all others, it would be the abuse of the phrase “the American people.” You know what I’m talking about: The tendency of politicians to proclaim that “the American people want”...