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Responding to a reader

By Jack Hoffman

Many of the critical letters I get from my InCity Times readers are from people who misunderstand my role as a columnist. A columnist is not a reporter. A columnist opines.

A reporter attempts to write an objective piece based on certain information he/she may have. The story’s objectivity and facts are overseen by an editor and sometimes the publisher. Don’t think for one second I have a free hand without Rose looking over my shoulder, making me prove certain information.

Which brings me to a certain InCity Times reader – Tom Whalen. At first I was intrigued with his point of view re: certain talk show hosts being a bunch of haters. He wrote to me: “The problem is, Jack, you still refuse that it goes both ways and spew venom from the left … .” Continue reading Responding to a reader

Pet peeves

By Jack Hoffman

I was sitting alone in a restaurant not so long ago when I noticed two lovely co-eds next to me conversing at a speed faster than Don Garlitz’s dragster. What was unusual: both were gabbing away at each other while one girl was text messaging. My curiosity got me to ask the texter: did you understand anything your friend just said? – No – “In any case, if she wanted to say something to me, she could have text [ed] me,” the co-ed said.

Next puzzling incident: I’m standing in a bakery, hoping to be waited on soon. The salesgirl was too busy texting away while I tapped my nails away. May I ask you: what’s more important than waiting on a customer? Continue reading Pet peeves

Talk show haters may become dinosaurs

By Jack Hoffman

So now, in addition to venereal disease, and the other leading exports of Mexico – women with mustaches and VD – now we have swine flu.” These are the words of New England’s number-one (after “Rush”) talk show host Jay Severin. But he didn’t stop there. He went on to describe Mexicans as “the world’s lowest of primitives.” Finally WTKK 96.9, home of such luminaries as Limbaugh, Michael Graham, Imus and the ever so sweet Laura Ingraham (did I leave anyone one out? Ooops! Michael Savage – he got booted from MSNBC), said they had heard enough. They suspended Severin from the radio station indefinitely.

Why did they wait so long? His misogynist outbursts about Hillary Clinton as “a whore with a fat ass” and diatribes against other women who didn’t fit his description of “the perfect woman” always got him a pass with management. These are the comments that his “brightest of the bright” couldn’t wait to hear every weekday afternoon, 3-6 p.m. He wasn’t the only one who captured all those vacuum heads who love hate talk. No doubt 99% of them voted for Palin – yes, Palin, not McCain. Continue reading Talk show haters may become dinosaurs

The Corporation of America

By Jack Hoffman

When the Founding Fathers sat down to draw up how the new nation – America – would be governed, they settled on a form of government (a republic) that would be guided by a document that would protect all rights of its citizens. When the Constitution and Bill of Rights were finally signed, we became the Republic of the U.S.

Contrast the framer’s vision of a republic with that of a democracy. In a democracy, the majority rules, either directly or through its elected representatives, with no oversight. Thomas Jefferson feared that law written by the majority under a democracy in power would lack any regard for the basic rights of all citizens. That, in turn, could lead to what the framers feared most – a monarchy. Continue reading The Corporation of America

Can America be saved?

By Jack Hoffman

It seems everywhere you turn now a day – whether on the street or  on the radio or in the papers,  everyone seems to be asking the same question: When is this economic crisis going to end?

Hardly a newscast or headline doesn’t include some opinion of the same usual expert on the subject.  The bottom line is no one knows the answer.

Strange how sometimes some of these so-called experts are some of the same folks who have put us in this mess in the first place. And they are also the biggest critics of President Obama.  Take Allan Greenspan, who now admits that some of his decisions were wrong.  Allan, the horse just left the barn.  Today he has recanted some of his previous testimony, saying it wasn’t the Federal Reserve’s problem. Continue reading Can America be saved?

The greatest fraud of all time

By Jack Hoffman

No, its not someone printing notes in their basement, no it’s not some corner huckster passing off LV bags, no it’s not someone selling unstamped cigarettes, no it’s not some mail order Viagra; It’s the one and only greatest purveyor of the art of knocking off It’s phony George Bush

There are several definitions of the word counterfeit, but one word that shows up in all the definitions is deceit-“a deception deliberately practiced in order to secure unfair or unlawful gain” in other words a phony.
Maureen Dowd (NYT) once wrote that she would love to hear Bush on a shrink’s couch. The problem with that is he has a hard time dealing with reality- telling the truth especially in his mindset whose roots were established long ago. Continue reading The greatest fraud of all time