Richard Elfers

U.S. isn’t the only nation flirting with trade wars

U.S. isn’t the only nation flirting with trade wars

There’s another brewing between Alberta and British Columbia.

U.S. isn’t the only nation flirting with trade wars
Voting habits tied to feelings of security

Voting habits tied to feelings of security

The dangers of authoritarianism are a far greater threat to the nation than seeing rising racial equality and religious diversity brought about by immigration.

Voting habits tied to feelings of security
Protecting against the abuse of power

Protecting against the abuse of power

Concern about the evil potential of humans is woven into our Constitution’s DNA.

Protecting against the abuse of power
“Seeing the Splinter in Our Neighbor’s Eye”

“Seeing the Splinter in Our Neighbor’s Eye”

We only see what we value.

“Seeing the Splinter in Our Neighbor’s Eye”
Election tampering anger could unite county’s voters

Election tampering anger could unite county’s voters

Having a common enemy is an effective means to cover over differences between political ideologies and unite the nation against a common foe.

Election tampering anger could unite county’s voters
Plan with the end in mind

Plan with the end in mind

That foresight into the future was a real advantage to me when raising my own children.

Plan with the end in mind
Short-term decisions or long-term approach?

Short-term decisions or long-term approach?

The length of an office holder’s term affects his/her approach while in office.

Short-term decisions or long-term approach?
The Second Amendment in the 21st century

The Second Amendment in the 21st century

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

The Second Amendment in the 21st century
Amendments have changed constitutional values

Amendments have changed constitutional values

Do you know why we have the electoral college to vote for the president?

Amendments have changed constitutional values
Trump’s luck may be running out

Trump’s luck may be running out

Nowhere in the world has seen improvement as a result of Trump’s actions. Eventually, Trump’s luck will run out and the chickens will come home to roost.

Trump’s luck may be running out
Weighing individual rights vs. the common good

Weighing individual rights vs. the common good

The National Rifle Association’s rights are being protected at the expense of the majority of voters.

Weighing individual rights vs. the common good
Danger lurks when people have nothing to lose

Danger lurks when people have nothing to lose

If we don’t take care of our average citizens, we risk turning into a nation of individuals with nothing that binds us together.

Danger lurks when people have nothing to lose
America is denying three hard truths

America is denying three hard truths

There are three major hard truths that our current government has been denying with great vigor: The Mueller Russia-U.S. Presidential election connection investigation, the war in Afghanistan, and the growing national deficit.

America is denying three hard truths
The three personas of President Trump

The three personas of President Trump

There’s Teleprompter Trump, Raw Meat Trump and Twitter Trump.

The three personas of President Trump
Political soap opera won’t end until midterm elections

Political soap opera won’t end until midterm elections

Democrats and Republicans in Congress, as well as President Trump, have all taken gambles that will shape the November midterms.

Political soap opera won’t end until midterm elections
Concern for common good is buried by greed

Concern for common good is buried by greed

Tell big lies long and loudly enough and people will believe you.

Concern for common good is buried by greed
Humility allows for tolerance of other’s opinions

Humility allows for tolerance of other’s opinions

Each of us has grown up in different circumstances. Each has been shaped by our life experiences. Each of us sees the world around us differently as a result. Why, then, should it be so difficult to understand that no two people will agree on every issue?

Humility allows for tolerance of other’s opinions
Culture, politics have and continue to shape race relations

Culture, politics have and continue to shape race relations

“The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself.”

Culture, politics have and continue to shape race relations
Reasons why Europe dominated the world

Reasons why Europe dominated the world

Most of you have never heard of Zheng He. Between 1405 and 1433, this Chinese admiral of the Ming Dynasty led seven major explorations into the western reaches of the Indian Ocean. The largest of these explorations included almost 300 ships and carried close to 30,000 people.

Reasons why Europe dominated the world
Greatness like Mayor Enslow’s will never go out of fashion

Greatness like Mayor Enslow’s will never go out of fashion

My family and I are mourning the recent death of the mayor of Sumner, Dave Enslow. My son, Andy, is married to Dave’s daughter, Becky. I knew Dave for about 15 years.

Greatness like Mayor Enslow’s will never go out of fashion