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Columnist Richard Fein: Famine — What it is and what you can do about it
05-27-2024 9:44 AM

By RICHARD FEIN

This column is about famine and its consequences for human beings. The last paragraph will indicate what you and I can do to alleviate the suffering.Humanitarian organizations use a multi-level scale for determining degrees of food insecurity. For the...

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Columnist Richard Fein: National debt — A threat to our nation’s future
04-21-2024 10:34 AM

By RICHARD FEIN

This is an update on a column I wrote last year about a threat to our future well-being: the national debt. To summarize, unless the debt crisis is brought under control soon the future will be much more difficult for you, your children, grandchildren...


Columnist Richard Fein: Too many realities that can’t be ignored
03-24-2024 11:18 AM

By RICHARD FEIN

This column is about Israel, especially in the context of its war against Hamas in Gaza. I am an ardent supporter of Israel who believes that it is necessary to look at all the facts, not just those that make me comfortable.Some facts: Israel has been...


Columnist Richard Fein: Lebanon, Yemen — Forgotten people
02-25-2024 6:01 PM

By RICHARD FEIN

This column is about the hardships facing people in Lebanon and the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. I might have chosen any number of other countries to write about, so why these two? My concern is that the geopolitical issues relating to them are much...


Columnist Richard Fein: Israel/Hamas War: Israeli trauma, Palestinian catastrophe
01-21-2024 7:01 PM

By RICHARD FEIN

Gaza’s civilian population: Hamas has ruled Gaza since defeating the Fatah faction in 2006 elections. Hamas then killed 459 Fatah operatives. The general population has suffered as Hamas expropriated billions of dollars in foreign donations and local...


Columnist Richard Fein: Israel/Palestine: There is hope for peace
12-23-2023 7:00 AM

By RICHARD FEIN

My last column was about the Israel/Hamas war. It suggested that the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas was winning. Now I’m posing a related question: When the current war in Gaza ends is an overall resolution to the Israel/Palestine conflict...


Columnist Richard Fein: Is Hamas winning the long war?
11-27-2023 6:00 AM

By RICHARD FEIN

In four previous columns I have written about my love for my Jewish religion and for the State of Israel. It is because of that love that I am appalled by the Netanyahu government’s attempt to undermine that nation’s democracy and for its occupation...


Columnist Richard Fein: American Dilemma — When moral values and national interest collide
10-22-2023 7:01 PM

By RICHARD FEIN

A dilemma for U.S. foreign policy: When our democratic and humanistic values come into conflict with vital national interests (protection from military attack and protecting economic security) what is the best thing to do?1. Diplomatic recognition of...


Columnist Richard Fein: Potholes, roadblocks dead ahead for EVs
09-24-2023 3:00 PM

By RICHARD FEIN

It is generally accepted that electric vehicles (EVs) emit much less carbon than gasoline-powered cars. The U.S. government has committed itself to make EVs a part of an overall transition to cleaner energy technology. This is important in the fight...


Columnist Richard Fein: Dumb wars — unjustified and self-defeating
08-28-2023 11:24 AM

By RICHARD FEIN

This column is about three “Dumb Wars,” a term borrowed from Barack Obama. I will use that term to mean wars that lacked justification to begin with and resulted in the aggressor nation being worse after the war. My purpose is to remind governments...


Columnist Richard Fein: The Supreme Court sometimes makes the right decisions
07-23-2023 5:38 PM

By RICHARD FEIN

In the name of enrollment diversity, should race be a factor in college admissions? Should college student loan debts be forgiven in whole or in part because they are a burden on the debtor?College admissionsThis is my understanding. The case was...


Columnist Richard Fein: Biden is a weak candidate. He should run for re-election anyway
06-25-2023 9:56 AM

By RICHARD FEIN

Mr. President, I am concerned that you will be a weak candidate in the 2024 presidential election . Your age is a legitimate concern for the American people. At 80, you are already the oldest American president ever, and you would be 86 at the end of...


Columnist Richard Fein: Deficit, debt, the ceiling and our economic future
05-21-2023 8:35 PM

By RICHARD FEIN

The topic of this column is that the current crisis over the debt ceiling is an outgrowth of a larger problem: The huge and growing national debt.Let’s start by clarifying some terminology. A budget deficit means that our government spends more money...


Columnist Richard Fein: Is Vladimir Putin worried? He certainly should be
04-23-2023 9:18 AM

By RICHARD FEIN

My last column was about reasons Russian President Vladimir Putin may not be worried about the war he launched against Ukraine. This column is about why he should be.Ukraine’s security situation may be getting stronger, not weakerPutin seems to be...


Columnist Richard Fein: Vladimir Putin — ‘What, me worry?’
03-26-2023 10:23 AM

By RICHARD FEIN

Is President Vladimir Putin of Russia worried about the failure of the Russian military in Ukraine? Much like Alfred E. Neuman of Mad magazine fame, he may not be worried at all. Here are some reasons:Putin has a high measure of public supportThere...

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