This Op-Ed by yours truly appears in Florida Today newspaper.  Title speaks for itself:


Marshall Frank: US attorney generals should be elected


If President Bill Clinton had Eric Holder for attorney general in 1998, there would never have been an impeachment for committing perjury. Instead, America was treated to a fair investigation. Clinton had appointed a straight-laced attorney general named Janet Reno, probably the least political-minded AG in history.

I knew Reno as the state attorney in Dade County. She was so honest and self-dependent she wouldn’t even allow her employees to gas her car. She solicited no favors. It’s a mystery how she survived in a political world.

When the scandal broke about Clinton’s mendacity under oath, Reno knew being a member of Clinton’s cabinet would be a conflict because she would face expectations from her boss. Therefore, it was prudent to step aside and appoint a special prosecutor to handle the investigation.

Americans have not been privileged to that level of integrity today.

Eric Holder has spent a good part of his efforts in office dodging presidential scandals, some of which would

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Is Barack Obama really a Christian?  Or did he portray himself as a Christian for political expediency?

     From what we know about Obama’s history, it is clear that his political ambitions were rooted on or around the time he met Rev. Jeremiah Wright, pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago ( or perhaps, earlier). Those of us who stay tuned to the political world, are fully aware that Jeremiah Wright’s sermonizing and ideology is based on American hatred, and his chummy relationship with the Jew-hating Nation of Islam. Obama not only sat in the pews of this church for 20 years, he was a powerful supportive figure aligning with Wright behind the scenes.

     Would a Carter, Reagan, Clinton or Bush ever have been elected if they had a history of close associations with anti-Americans? 

     Perhaps Obama’s political advisors suggested he become a “Christian” as part of his future strategy?  Or maybe he linked up with Christianity on his own, we’ll probably never know.  But, for certain, by joining the Trinity Church, Obama could officially declare himself as a Christian, (whether true or not) thereby sucking millions of future voters into his political web. But, does anyone know

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Meet America’s newest sports hero; Jordan Spieth, age 21. What a guy.  Keep your eye on this young man.  He’s only just begun.

If ever young people in America were in need of a worthy role model amid a myriad of loonies, druggies and narcissists, he’s finally come along.

No, he doesn’t play football or basketball, nor does he rap or scream into microphones with high-amped rock bands. Spieth is a pro golfer extraordinaire. After two years on the professional golf tour, this young man now sits as Number #2 in the world. The only phenom who compares, is Tiger Woods who, 19 years ago, won the Masters at age 21.

But wait. Spieth, the same age, just won the Masters tournament last weekend, setting records for lowest scores ever at the 36 hole and 54 hole marks, and tied Tiger Woods’ 19 year record for the lowest score ever at the Masters, beating Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose by four strokes each. His earnings for one tournament:  $1.8 million. And get this – one year ago in his first year on the tour in 2014, he placed 2nd in that Masters Tournament, losing only to Bubba Watson.

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This Op-Ed article appears in the Sunday, April 12th edition of Florida today newspaper.  The editor is responsible for the title, though I’d have written something more specific like:  ”Answering Questions About Police Shootings”


Frank: Most cops always do their jobs right

(Photo: AP)


From 1960, when I became a young Dade County officer, to the present time, the police profession has evolved across the nation. I witnessed the evolution in real time, from a segregated force, to one that employed all races, nationalities and gender.

In 1960, racial profiling was commonplace. That changed, not recently, but in the 1970s and ’80s. In today’s departments, the ban on profiling is powerful edict, addressed in all training, which prohibits anything that resembles profiling,

The labor pool of cops today has grown up in an integrated/assimilated world where most young people don’t see color. These youngsters are the police officers of 2015.

Police officers are thoroughly screened, tested, investigated and to the best of all abilities, psychologically evaluated for fitness to wear the badge and carry a deadly weapon. But not every test is foolproof.

Not every

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 A compelling story, a good drama, great acting, very touching.  No flying buses, no machine guns, no breathy sex scenes. It’s all about humanity, love and loss

     Al Pacino is one of the great actors of our generation, who – like all his movies – fully immerses into the character of Danny Collins, a washed up rock star personified with a drug habit and despite his riches, made a mess of his life.

     A resurrected long lost letter to him from 1971, written by John Lennon, changes his life. As a result, he reaches out to establish a relationship with a long-lost son he never met, and his family.  The rest is all highs and lows and drama about love, sacrifice, mistakes and redemption.  The actors are superb, including Annette Bening who plays the one woman he can’t have, Christopher Plummer, his frustrated manager, Jennifer Garner, the wife of his long-lost son, Bobby Cannavale, his resentful son, and 7-year-old Giselle Eisenberg who steals our hearts playing Pacino’s long lost granddaughter.

     It’s not going to win an Academy Award. And it’s not a thriller by any stretch. But it’s heart felt and worth the price of tickets.

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Well, it looks like the cop-hating, racist mongrels of the far left have finally hit pay dirt, a bona fide white on black killing by a police officer, caught on video in North Charleston, which – at first blush – appears to be unjustified. Al Sharpton and his ilk must be euphoric. This is what they’ve been hoping for.

     The New York Times gained access to the damaging video, and released this statement…notice the wording:

     “A white police officer in North Charleston, S.C., was charged with murder on Tuesday after a video surfaced showing him shooting in the back and killing an apparently unarmed black man while the man ran away.”

     Had both men been white, or both been black, not a word would have been mentioned about race. Had a black cop wrongfully shot a white man, not a word would have been mentioned about race. But each time the racial equation is white shooter/black victim, the racial adjectives are invariably inserted.

     I saw the video. It doesn’t look good for that officer. But I’m appalled at how the media never fails to take advantage of an opportunity to inject racial overtones to an event whenever a white

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It is totally absurd that we require minimum standards for government jobs, such as education, clean criminal records,entrance testing, and in the most sensitive of positions such as law enforcement, polygraph tests.  But we have nearly no standards for congress, senate or even the presidency other than a minium age and a stipulation that a president must be a “natural born citizen.”

This Op-Ed article was published today in TC Palm news papers, which covers four communiites from Vero Beach to Stuart , Florida. 

TC Palm:

Marshall Frank: Time to upgrade minimum standards for presidency


3:01 AM, Apr 2, 2015

Most folks don’t realize that anyone is eligible to run for president of the United States, so long as they are at least 35 years old and a “natural born citizen,” whatever that means. Nothing in the U.S. Constitution prohibits a high-school dropout, hobo or gangster from occupying the highest office in the land.

We have had senators and congressmen who were under indictment for crimes, yet still held office. The late Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska was convicted of corruption in 2008 then ran for re-election anyway. We have one congressman who, as a former

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