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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

October 18, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


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Archive By Author - Jackie Gingrich Cushman

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

Celebrity Politics

It's official. On Tuesday, Donald Trump announced that he is officially running for president of the United States. "And we are going to make our country great again," he added. While I agree with his goal -- making America great again -- it will be interesting to see if his running for the nomination takes us along this path.

June 21, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Kick back and enjoy the unfolding primary season

School is out, Memorial Day is past and summer stretches in front of us. Maybe it's because I live in the South, but summer seems to be a time when everything slows down, as if to pay homage to the heat and humidity that abound. Without the invention of air conditioning, there is not doubt there would be few who would choose to live in the deep South today, at least during the summer.

June 07, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

The value of awe

Selfies, followers, likes and the fascination with celebrity anythings (chefs, decorators, stylists, authors, etc.) are just a few of the ways that today's society focuses attention on individuals. It's not enough to be a great chef - it's better to be a celebrity chef. It's not enough to participate in an event - it's better to snap a selfie of yourself at the event and then post it online for all to see.

May 31, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Endings and Beginnings

It's mid-May and time for celebrating graduations. It's a time to look back on accomplishments and, more importantly, to look forward to new phases and opportunities in life.

May 17, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out

The headline to this story is an adage taught by journalism schools throughout the country. News is supposed to be based on facts and reported without bias. But alas, reporters are human and have biases, acknowledged or not. If they are blatant and obvious, then we can dismiss them out of hand, (example: Chris Matthews saying, "I felt this thrill going up my leg," when listening to a speech given by then-presidential candidate Barack Obama).

March 29, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

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