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As I See It: This is your brain on trash
07-12-2024 4:15 PM

By JON HUER

During the last three generations, the focus of our consumption changed from primarily material things for comfort (like shoes and cars) to predominantly “mental” events for pleasure (such as entertainment like TV, internet, social media). So did our...

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As I See It: We bid farewell to democracy on our last Independence Day
06-28-2024 2:31 PM

By JON HUER

As a lifetime observer of American society and history, just now I am witnessing an astonishing historical event no human being has ever seen before: a nation voluntarily abandoning its democracy to welcome autocracy (very possibly fascism). On our...


As I See It: Let’s celebrate these ‘true Americans’
06-14-2024 3:18 PM

By JON HUER

Whenever you are in the downtown area of Greenfield, it’s hard not to notice the usual downtown vagrants, mostly homeless and jobless. In our era of maximum consumption of comfort and pleasure, these people stand out conspicuously as the underclass of...


As I See It: Better off choosing with our head or heart?
05-31-2024 2:53 PM

By JON HUER

Facing our choice of president in November, most American voters will cast their ballots for the candidate their hearts choose.Although it is an ostensibly “public” event — picking our nation’s chief administrator — neither the “nation” nor...


As I See It: Of dogs and men
05-17-2024 2:24 PM

By JON HUER

It is universally agreed that we as humans are better off than dogs in America, in intelligence, dignity, health, etc. Two crucial facts contradict this notion. So, let’s get to these facts:FACT ONE: New York’s rich hotel heiress Leona Hemsley,...


As I See It: How Trump’s immunity can save Biden’s America
05-07-2024 1:56 PM

By JON HUER

Democrats have been unhappy with the constitutional quirks that favor rural America, in which the GOP minority often outmaneuvers the Democratic majority. Three of the last four Republican presidential candidates won elections without winning the...


As I See It: What if we could think like 10-year-olds?
04-20-2024 8:01 AM

By JON HUER

My wife, who is my severest critic, says I think like a 10-year old, which I interpret as a compliment. True, I tend to be simple-minded and linear as a 10-year-old child would be. After nearly half a century of working as a sociologist, writing a...


As I See It: Why America’s doctors are demoralized and in crisis
04-05-2024 7:01 PM

By JON HUER

It’s uncommon for us to think that doctors, who help us out of trouble, could be in trouble themselves. Yes, they could be and, now behind the facade of prosperity and authority, they are in deep trouble. But, when doctors themselves are in trouble as...


As I See It: How to end the war in Ukraine
03-22-2024 2:15 PM

By JON HUER

Putin rattles his nuclear saber again: The Associated Press reports, “Putin says Russia is ready to use nuclear weapons” [Recorder, March 14]. He has been making such threats for the past two years, especially against the possibility of the U.S. or...


As I See It: Where are America’s Navalnys?
03-08-2024 1:43 PM

By JON HUER

Three news events managed to grab my attention on March 1:Event One: Alexei Navalny was buried in Moscow. The most prominent political enemy and critic of President Vladimir Putin, he mysteriously died at a penal camp while serving his trumped-up...


As I See It: When giving is only false charity
02-23-2024 7:01 PM

By JON HUER

During the holidays, we hear much about giving. A strange thing about giving: We commoners simply “give,” but if a rich man does, it’s called “philanthropy,” literally “love of humanity.” It sounds noble and mysterious, but what really is...


As I See It: Love and insanity: AI and the reawakening of American humanity
02-09-2024 8:53 PM

By JON HUER

During this past Christmas, our son, who is an artificial intelligence expert for a Fortune 500 company, spent a week with us and convinced us that artificial intelligence’s involvement in our daily lives in America is much more extensive than...


As I See It: Ignorance, stupidity completely different
01-26-2024 5:00 PM

By JON HUER

American society is now facing a choice between capitalist democracy (if Democrats win) and fascist democracy (if Trump wins). Whichever side wins, both capitalists and fascists —as advertisers do — count on one cardinal weakness that is abundant...


As I See It: Trump’s new American Revolution, circa 2024
12-29-2023 7:29 PM

By JON HUER

The most common description that liberal-democratic America uses to refer to Donald Trump’s GOP-MAGA followers is that they are “crazy.” This description seems entirely appropriate. Just watch and listen to Trump — and his followers in the street and...


As I See It: The Mother Teresa dilemma 
12-15-2023 5:00 PM

By JON HUER

The season of love and giving makes me think about “The Mother Teresa Dilemma.” In an age of unbridled hedonism and self-interest, Mother Teresa was a rare person of devotion to her faith and humanity and the world admires and praises her.But,...


As I See It: Pictures without words 
12-01-2023 4:00 PM

By JON HUER

It was legendary how those who wanted Donald Trump’s attention had to use, as one report said, “Compelling visual material. Big fonts. With photos and graphics. In color.” Although this Trump anecdote is somewhat amusing, we all love big fonts and...


As I See It: Why are Democrats so fired up about abortion bans?
11-19-2023 2:15 PM

By JON HUER

Angry Democrats, united on the cause of abortion, scored wins earlier this month in several state elections and referenda.Amid all this, we need to ask: Why are Democrats so upset with the right-wing push to ban abortion in America? The anger cannot...


As I See It: Between Israel and Palestine: Which side should we be on, and why?
11-03-2023 5:35 PM

By JON HUER

On Oct. 7, Hamas, the militant faction of Gaza Palestinians, in a surprise attack, killed more than 1,400 Jews. Three weeks later, the avenging Israeli military has killed close to 9,000 Palestinians in Gaza, and counting. Such attacks and...


As I See It: Common sense and the myth of science
10-20-2023 5:00 PM

By JON HUER

In our advanced civilization, we worship science but pooh-pooh common sense. But, perhaps surprisingly, science and common sense are conjoined twins, with common sense born first. As history, common sense is the mother of all science. For millions of...


As I See It: Why conflict, not peace, is our ‘biological condition’ 
10-06-2023 3:06 PM

By JON HUER

In the Sept. 6 Recorder, columnist Pat Hynes, in her appeal for world peace (“Peace is as possible”), quotes anthropologist Margaret Mead: “Warfare is only an invention — not a biological condition.” Hynes finds hope in the world’s peace movement and...


As I See It: How we became Old World peasants in the New World
09-22-2023 5:00 PM

By JON HUER

Political observers are unanimous in predicting events in 2024: It’s unpredictable. Just now, change in American society is so ubiquitous that nothing seems to remain the same. Except one cardinal fact: Virtually unchanged and unchallenged, the...

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