IPC Pressured Into Doing The Right Thing

by Kevin Burton    The International Paralympic Committee on Thursday bowed to growing pressures and banned athletes from Russia and Belarus from the Paralympic Games, according to the Associated Press.    This reversed a decision announced Wednesday that athletes from the two countries would compete as “neutrals,” competing under the Paralympic flag and not being …

Scholar: Prepare For American Civil War

by Kevin Burton    Yesterday we heard some thoughts from Stephen Marche, a Canadian writer and commentator, on the turmoil in the United States (“How Is Canada Reacting To US Implosion,” Feb. 18).    Marche looked forward, but spent a lot of time looking back, to George Washington’s farewell address after his second presidential term. …

How Is Canada Reacting To US Implosion?

by Kevin Burton    Today, the thoughts of a Canadian novelist and cultural commentator on the political and societal turmoil in the United States.     With much of the current commentary skewed either too far left or right to be believable, I thought it good to hear from a near neighbor. As a Canadian, Stephen …

“Fantasy Brain” Is Wrecking The USA

by Kevin Burton    Managing a fantasy football team has totally changed the way I watch the NFL. And it may have given me insight into post-national America.    In fantasy sports, you draft and “manage” a handful of players you predict will do well, pitting your team against other teams created in the same …

My Pledge: Allegiance To Constitution

by Kevin Burton    Some things have changed since the time I spent all day and night watching Walter Cronkite anchor bicentennial coverage for CBS. Some things have stayed the same.    I was close to turning 13 then.  You can say that the USA depicted on television July 4, 1976 has disappeared. You can …