Commentary

Abraham Lincoln in 1865, photographed by Gardner

Let Us Humbly Give Thanks …

By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 24, 2021—As the Civil War yet raged in the fall of 1863, President Abraham Lincoln decided to call for a national “day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens,” to be held on the last Thursday of November.[1]  His full […]

by November 25, 2021 0 comments Commentary, History
The future of these children depends on a crash program for nuclear power.

For Humanity’s Sake, Go Nuclear Now!

by Nancy Spannaus Oct. 31, 2021—On the eve of the United Nations’ climate conference COP26, I feel compelled to address the fundamental issue at stake in the debate over what is called global energy policy. That issue is actually not an energy policy as such, but the following: Are we […]

by October 31, 2021 1 comment Commentary, Nuclear Power
President McKinley's Final Address in Buffalo Before His Assassination

Today’s Supply Chain Woes: An Historical Perspective from President William McKinley

By John Ascher October 18, 2021-Hundreds of cargo ships now wait weeks at various US ports, as the impact of the Covid pandemic has created labor shortages, while simultaneously increasing consumer purchases. The globalized “just in time” system has been pushed to the brink. The Biden Administration has responded with […]

The Signing of the Constitution, an oil by Thomas Rossiter. Courtesy of the New York Historical Society

Frederick Douglass on the U.S. Constitution

By Nancy Spannaus Sept. 20, 2021—It’s Constitution Week, and long past time that we Americans went beyond the cursory knowledge which most of us have had of our nation’s founding document. The recent tendency to damn the U.S. Constitution as a virtual pact with the devil is particularly disturbing to […]

by September 20, 2021 2 comments Commentary, Slavery
Rand speaking on Hamilton's military history at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.

A Remembrance of Hamilton Rand Scholet

By Nancy Spannaus Aug. 6, 2021—The most appropriate way to respond to the tragically early death of Rand Scholet, founder of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society (AHA Society), is to press on with his mission of educating people about Alexander Hamilton. In this short remembrance, I want to review how […]

by August 6, 2021 2 comments Commentary, News
A Hamilton tribute at his graveside ceremony in 2018.

The Tragedy of Alexander Hamilton’s Death

By Nancy Spannaus July 11, 2021—For the second year in a row, ceremonies at the gravesite of Alexander Hamilton at Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan have had to be cancelled due to pandemic precautions. But that should not stop us from commemorating the life of this great man, and acknowledging […]

by July 11, 2021 0 comments Commentary, History
A photograph of the First Decoration Day, May 30, 1868.

Memorial Day and the Road to Reconciliation

By Edward and Nancy Spannaus May 30, 2021—In his Second Inaugural Address, which occurred only 41 days before his assassination, President Abraham Lincoln concluded with an appeal for bringing the nation together: With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to […]

by May 30, 2021 0 comments Commentary, History
President Kennedy activating Hanford civilian reactor in September 1963.

President Kennedy: Nuclear Power Visionary

By Nancy Spannaus May 29, 2021—”By 1967, 1968, 1970, in the Northeast United States, where power rates are nearly double yours, we are going to find atomic power increasingly competitive, and by the end of this century this is going to be a tremendous source. Our experts estimate that half of […]

by May 29, 2021 0 comments Commentary, Nuclear Power
President Dwight Eisenhower

A Timely Remembrance of President Eisenhower

By Nancy Spannaus May 17, 2021—Neither Republicans nor Democrats have a kind thing to say about President Dwight D. Eisenhower these days. Yet, provoked by the horrors of the Middle East crisis, I found myself looking once more at the record of the last General we had as President of […]

by May 17, 2021 2 comments Commentary, Government
General Douglas MacArthur

Gen. Douglas MacArthur: American System Statesman

By Steve Douglas May 6, 2021–Americans are likely to recall Gen. Douglas MacArthur as the victorious World War II commander of American forces in the Pacific, and perhaps as the hero of the Korean War. If so, they will be shocked to learn that MacArthur became a fierce opponent of […]

by May 6, 2021 0 comments Commentary, History