Author Archives: Chuck Radda

About Chuck Radda

I'm a former high school English teacher, currently a literacy volunteer and novelist. I invite your responses right here or to chuckradda@gmail.com. You can also follow me on Facebook and on Twitter—where I tweet annually at @chuckrad45.

In battling the federal monolith, the lower courts may be our only recourse

Anita Brody’s résumé is impressive but not unusual: Wellesley College, Columbia Law School, deputy assistant attorney general in New York, Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia. In 1991 President George H. W. Bush nominated Ms. Brody to the United States … Continue reading

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He’d of helped build up the country.” Yet another American tragedy

Near the end of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby there’s a particularly poignant moment when the title character’s father arrives for Gatsby’s funeral. The atmosphere is grim—a drizzly day on Long Island—and for all Gatsby’s wealth and fame, the attendance … Continue reading

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Neil Young, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Alabama—forty years later

In the decades-long musical debate between Neil Young and Lynyrd Skynyrd, I’ve decided at last to support Mr. Young. It wasn’t an easy decision. Neil Young can be a little preachy at times, even presumptuous. But usually he’s on target … Continue reading

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They held fast…until they didn’t.

And McConnell kind of believes the women. Why are Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and John McCain taking the blame for the recent tax vote? How long do we expect them to stand tall while the rest of the party shrinks … Continue reading

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Dumb-down Friday and the TrumpTax Bill

It’s complicated. Usually when someone says that to me, it’s a signal to shut up and ask no more questions. So let me say right off the bat—this is not complicated. Three months before the 2016 presidential election, a New … Continue reading

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Two cautionary tales for the price of one. (Actually, for the price of none.)

There are two articles you should read today if you are able to access them. The first, a straight news story from the Washington Post, makes me proud to be a subscriber (if only online) but also reinforces my belief … Continue reading

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From now on, let’s call evangelicals what they really are…

…and what they are is becoming clearer as we approach December 12 and the Alabama Senate election. Not that we didn’t already have a pretty good idea of what the religious right actually is: a fundamentalist, illiberal, basically white, and … Continue reading

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