Paul Elisha

Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Paul Elisha: Two State Solution In Ukraine?

The current saga being played out by Vladimir Putin, the former spy-master and head of the Soviet Secret Police, before declaring himself Executive In Chief of the on-again-off-again Russian Democracy, with its on-again-off-again Presidency-cum-Premiership, puts this ancient, moss-back memorialist in mind of some simple truths, it might be helpful or hurtful but important to bear in mind, never-the-less.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Paul Elisha: The Importance Of Teaching History

Recent announcements by regional theaters and theatrical companies, in New York’s Capital District and in nearby New England, reveal a spate of performances by Broadway road-shows and locally arranged productions of renowned theatrical works of the past.  Their goals, to make today’s younger audiences familiar with them, thus keep them historically alive.  The idea, although rooted in increased audiences and revenues, is an entirely worthy one.  So much so, it put this elderly commentator on the scent of an appropriate vehicle to familiarize young people with historic political events, worthy of remembrance, through retelling by ethical narrators.  Thus providing better informed citizens, should the same situations occur again, in the future.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:42 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Paul Elisha: Teach Your Children Well

There’s been much angst expressed by parents of America’s children and youth, of late, about the rapid erosion of funds and services, to provide education needed to prepare them for appropriate and gainfully competitive adulthood.  There’s also been a mounting volume of critical carping and castigation by those in government, responsible for providing the funds necessary to achieve adequate levels of education and warnings of dire consequence, from those invested with the onus to plan and produce educational services at superior levels of educational accomplishment, from the President and throughout his executive departments.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Paul Elisha: Something New Under The Sun?

Back before the phenomenon called “Social Media” Ping-ponged anyone and everyone’s personal plaints as gospel, across a fact-hungry universe, H.G. Wells declared: “Lies are the mortar that bind the savage individual into the social masonry.”  He may have been right but what about truth?  What’s become of it in this mélange of personal prerogative presentations, unleashed and unlicensed?

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Paul Elisha: Modern Day Materialism

Ever attentive to America’s inescapable political history, this archaic commentator still responds to twinges that have shaped what we’ve become in spite of reality… the tawdry yet timid duality that has fused our presidential pride with the instinctive itch of make-a-buck ambition and still spells, sells, yet never seems to quell our energetic nationhood.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:43 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Paul Elisha: Observations From "The Greatest Generation"

For those of us with multi-generational and still functioning memories, except for techno-centric system difficulties, there’s little to be optimistic about with respect to the present state of governance at just about every level, in these apparently ‘disunited states of America’.  For this archaic member of the so-called “Greatest Generation,” time seems to have U-turned into reverse mode, by more than ninety years.  Although it had backed away from the League of Nations and World Court, The U.S. in 1921 (the year before this commentator was born) convened separate conferences on limiting naval tonnage and non-use of asphyxiating gasses; to which most nations agreed.  The U.S. avoided signing a commitment against the use of armed force, without congressional approval, which somehow seems not to have been given.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Paul Elisha: An Ancestral Ode

In a recent issue of the ‘American Poetry Review,’ a revered teacher of this commentator wrote of the proclivity of many notable poets for revising their work, after finding imperfections.  These, according to one anthropologist, were mischievously inserted by spirits of Nordic origin, to bedevil the poets into re-examinations.  In recent years, he claimed, there were fewer of these episodes, because poets had stopped believing in the spirits.  A dedicated poet, at heart, this commentator has found several verses among his own published works that might well benefit from such attention; not so much the result of folkloric mischief but changing times and ideas, that compel public attention.  This explains the following revision of several pertinent poems, now set in combined form and revised from (“SWASH” by Paul Elisha):   

Commentary & Opinion
12:46 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Paul Elisha: Conscience

Recent and continuing circumstances have impelled this commentator to question, what is it about rules and regulations that makes them seem so onerous for those in political leadership, who promulgate them, then to pursue almost any course, not to adhere to them, themselves?  That such a situation should prevail in this bell-weather bastion of self-governance is more mystifying enough to discomfit and discourage those most affected and disconcerted by it.

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Commentary & Opinion
1:14 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Paul Elisha: A Paucity of Language

In an ‘Armistice Day’ address, on November 11th, 1948, its last delivery under that aegis, when it was then re-titled: “Veterans Day,” to include U.S. Armed Forces participants in the Korean conflict, Army General Omar Bradley, reverently known to combatants as ‘The GI’s General, said:  “The world has achieved brilliance without conscience.  Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.”

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Paul Elisha: The Robots Are Coming!

After viewing an especially well crafted Public TV video-history on the Scottish/American naturalist, John Muir’s role in the preservation of America’s National Parks and the founding of The Sierra Club, this commentator was moved to dig deeper and came across an observation, by biographer Donald Worster, who noted Muir’s belief that his mission was  “…..Saving the American soul from total surrender to materialism.”

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