Richard Elfers

Rebellion is as American as apple pie | COMMENTARY

“We need to learn not to let our foes push our country’s hot buttons to divide and conquer us.”

Fight for democracy or freedom? | COMMENTARY

“Americans fought to preserve democracy in their revolution. South Africa fought to end oppression.”

After Zimbabwe, a lesson about loving free speech | COMMENTARY

I was excited about visiting Zimbabwe. I had traveled to South Africa previously to visit my daughter, Betsy, and her family, but this was my… Continue reading

The many meanings and reasons for Confederate Civil War statues | In Focus

A history professor once commented that rarely do the defeated erect statues to their defeats. On a personal level, do you display mementos of your… Continue reading

Beware the unintended consequences | In Focus

Have you ever done something only to find that your actions caused you unforeseen and unexpected grief? We humans are decision-making creatures. Welcome to the… Continue reading

Trump presidency: an ongoing civics lesson | COMMENTARY

“From a… government instructor’s perspective, our president is a wonderful, nearly-daily lesson in government.”

When leaders act like spoiled children | COMMENTARY

Have you wondered why Republicans, who fought Obamacare for seven years, are having trouble repealing and replacing Obamacare? This amazing political phenomenon has several explanations.… Continue reading

Young workers face uncertain future | COMMENTARY

“I am concerned about my grandchildren’s futures. You should be, too.”

The resumé versus eulogy persona | COMMENTARY

“In the end that persona, based upon character, is what all of us want to be remembered by.”

Living in a distracted nation | COMMENTARY

“Distracting ourselves is far easier than facing reality.”

The town formerly known as Slaughter | COMMENTARY

“It has also come a long way from being named Slaughter by early pioneers.”

It’s easier to manage our own realities | COMMENTARY

“There is not much we as individuals can do to either reverse or change these national trends.”

Running for office changes your thinking

“Simplifying complex government issues is an art.”

We’re carried along on rough waters of Trump presidency | COMMENTARY

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” Warren Buffet… Continue reading

Hope for the best with Trump’s learning curve | COMMENTARY

“Let’s hope our president’s learning curve is steep and does not result in a major catastrophe for the nation…”

Newton, Einstein and 3 realities | COMMENTARY

“These three realities can help explain the political world in which we currently live.”

What if our leaders accepted blame? | COMMENTARY

“Our leaders have become myopic – both the president and members of Congress.”

To become smarter, challenge your beliefs | COMMENTARY

“Contrast is one of the most effective tools to increase intelligence.”

Public will have to halt party bickering | COMMENTARY

“Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling” (Proverbs 26:27). This ancient Hebrew… Continue reading

Our rights were assured by English battles | COMMENTARY

How would you feel if you witnessed the aftermath of a shooting of a black man by two white police officers in your yard? This… Continue reading