Nostalgia for Better Times

On October 17 America lost a true statesman and hero, Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings. Watching former president Barak Obama speak at his funeral on Friday, I was deeply saddened. Saddened not so much for who we have lost but for what we have lost. In 2016, we traded order for chaos, eloquence for vulgarity, gender equality for misogyny, inclusion for bigotry, civility for contempt, honest government for unprecedented corruption, international respect for international scorn, truthful dialogue for lies, lies and more lies.

I wouldn’t say that everything in Washington was perfect before 2016, but there was good. Today there is none.

Jeffrey Zalles


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