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Cushman: Ideas, inclusion and inspiration

While members of the news media and Democrats paint Republicans as the party of angry old white men, the world around them is changing.

January 17, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Joys to come

I've always loved the time between Christmas and New Year's Eve. The celebration of Christ's birth has just occurred - renewing me spiritually ...

January 03, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


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Archive By Author - Jackie Gingrich Cushman


Leadership — a Study in Contrast

When terrible events happen, leaders address the safety concerns of their communities, and then reach out to various factions to ensure a solution is reached. They bring people together and work with them to be successful. Events of this past week underscored the stack contrast in leadership between President Barack Obama and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

November 22, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Words matter

Last Thursday, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin was elected speaker of the House. At 45, he is the youngest person to get that job - other than the only younger speaker, James G. Blaine, who was elected in 1869 when he was 39.

November 08, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Learning from Lady Liberty

On October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland, who proclaimed at that time, "We will not forget that Liberty has made her home here, nor shall her chosen altar be neglected. ... A stream of light shall pierce the darkness of ignorance and man's oppression until Liberty enlightens the world."

November 01, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Potential House speaker speaks

According to Gallup, only 14 percent of Americans approve of the way Congress is handling its job. Does the problem lie within the issues or the process?

October 25, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Sanders sails through debate

For those who waited for presumed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to implode at the first debate, the wait was in vain. Polished, poised and professional, she was well-rehearsed and stayed on point, while managing to be "likable enough," as then-Sen. Barack Obama labeled her in a 2008 debate.

October 18, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Reliability and engineering

When I was growing up, my mother ran carpool in our family's red 1969 Volkswagen Beetle. As the youngest, at age 5, I rode in the "back-back," the small space behind the second seat that was intended not for people, but for packages or groceries. I shared this sliver of room with my neighbor, Bobby, who was a year older. The front seat was reserved for older siblings - Bobby's brother Andy, whose French horn was stashed in the front trunk. I can't remember where my sister Kathy put her trombone. But somehow, my mother fit in five ...

September 27, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Come on, Joe, make everyone happy and run for president

While millions of people were expected to watch the second Republican debate this week on CNN, the first Democratic debate will not be held until next month on Oct. 13. With only two top-tier candidates on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the potential entrance of Vice President Joe Biden is on everyone's mind - on both sides of the aisle.

September 20, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


If you post it, everyone will see

If you believe your emails, texts, Facebook postings and Internet activity are secure, then you live in Never Never Land, a world where boys never grow up and fairies fly through the air. Should commercial Internet transactions be secure, as they promise to be when you sign up? Yes. But "should be" does not security make.

September 06, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Trump says what he means and means what he says

Pollster Frank Luntz conducted a 29-person focus group of Trump supporters this past Monday. At one point, while talking to journalists who were watching the group through a one-way mirror, Luntz said, "I want to put the Republican leadership behind this mirror and let them see. They need to wake up. They don't realize how the grassroots have abandoned them. Donald Trump is punishment to a Republican elite that wasn't listening to their grassroots."

August 30, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Why Carly crushed it

While the Republican National Committee might have limited the number of debates in this season's primary process, the candidates' performances during the first debate ensured that they would still carry great weight. With Donald Trump as the current leader of the field, this might be considered the first reality-TV primary.

August 16, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Happy Birthday to Robert

This week, our youngest child, Robert, is turning 14. His sister, Maggie, is two years older. Gone are the days when my husband and I were parents of toddlers, preschoolers or elementary school children. Instead, we are about to enter our last year as parents of middle-school students and are just three years away from Maggie's departure for college.

August 02, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Car control in the hands of hackers

Over the past three weeks, my family and I spent more than 22 hours driving more than 1,400 miles for our vacation. The trip involved enduring construction traffic, heavy rainstorms and unbelievably frightening, dense and fast traffic along interstates merely two lanes wide.

July 26, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Dog days of summer

The ancient Romans coined the phrase "dog days" based on the period of time that the brightest star (Sirius, the Dog Star) rose and set in conjunction with the sun. The Romans believed that Sirius radiated heat to the Earth, causing the hottest part of the year as it traveled with the sun.

July 19, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


The value of work

"Hide not your talents, they for use were made, what's a sundial in the shade?" -- Benjamin Franklin

July 12, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Prejudice wrong belief system, but not part of country's DNA

Long before last week's killings in Charleston, South Carolina, which appear to have been motivated by racial hatred, at least one expert in belief systems wrote that a person's prejudices can be changed.

June 28, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


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