About Marshall Frank

Thirty-year veteran of law enforcement with Miami-Dade Police Department, sixteen years in Homicide, retired a captain. Author of seven fiction novels and seven books of non-fiction. Op-Ed writer for Florida Today and TC Palm newspaper. Former symphony violinist. Married, father and grandfather. President, Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard, Inc.
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(This Op-Ed by yours truly appears in Florida Today newspaper, 1/27/18)

Studies vary, but most list police officer in the top five of the most stressful jobs in America, just behind firefighter and active duty military service.

     Policing is not only stressful, officers are constantly in the spotlight where one error, one misjudgment, can land themselves as a defendant in court or, at worst, in a grave. There are few jobs in this country where employees wear bullet-proof vests. There are few jobs where employees must respond to calls where violent conflicts are in process. There are few jobs where employees are required to confront dangerous criminals. It’s their job to enter, not evade, the arenas of danger, violence and hate.

     There is no other job that comes with all these components.

     Meanwhile, officers must always remain professional, stoic, even robotic. They must do what the manual dictates, and look the other way when protesters spit in their face or scream profanities in their ear.

     It ain’t easy folks.

     Nearly 900,000 law enforcement officers in America are sworn to perform their duties, no matter the risk. Roughly 140 cops will die in the line of duty each year. That doesn’t

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Here is the opening paragraph from Wikipedia about this brave woman, Park Yeon-mi.

Park Yeon-mi (or Yeonmi Park; born 4 October 1993) is a North Korean defector and human rights activist who escaped to China in 2007 and settled in South Korea in 2009. She came from an educated, politically connected family that turned to black market trading during North Korea’s economic collapse in the 1990s.[1] After her father was sent to a labor camp for smuggling, her family faced starvation. They fled to China, where Park and her mother fell into the hands of human traffickers before escaping to Mongolia.[2] She is now an advocate for victims of human trafficking in China and works to promote human rights in North Korea and around the globe.

The following is a short video in which she tells about the nightmare people suffer in her native land. No further narrative needed. She tells the story we need to know. Very heart breaking and compelling:


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(This Op-Ed appears in Florida Today newspaper, January 24, 2018)

Here is a plan that would greatly improve our government process.

  • Term and age limits: For U.S. senators, two 6-year terms, twelve years in office maximum. For the House, six terms maximum, two years each. Maximum age: 80.

America does not need career politicians. We need the most qualified and able who will work in the interests of the people. Going into office, politicians will know when they will be passing the baton to someone else. This also allows senators and Congress members time to work instead of constantly running for office. Term limits of 15 years and/or age restrictions should also be extended to federal judges and the U.S. Supreme Court. There are many reasons to support such laws, and few reasons to oppose them.

  • This may require an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but campaign contributions to candidates running for federal office, including the president, should be outlawed from private citizens, large corporations and special interest groups. No elected representative of the people should be beholden to financial paybacks.

When a cop takes money for favors, he goes to jail. When a politician takes money for favors, he

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I am a recovering drug addict. My drug of choice: Nicotine.

     On January 14, I celebrated my 35th anniversary of freedom from the chains of tobacco misery, smoking four packs of Pall Mall’s every day. I smoked constantly and everywhere, in the office, in elevators, movie theaters and yes, even in the shower with a burning butt on the edge of the commode. Every morning I suffered twenty minutes of wretched coughing jags, only to light up after.

     Nicotine is one of the most addictive and destructive drugs in history. For decades, American culture glorified cigarettes as though part of a sophisticated dress code. It was cool. Practically every movie depicted stars puffing on cigarettes; doctors and celebrities received handsome rewards for endorsing the drug; cigarette companies contributed to political parties while they deliberately enhanced the potency of tobacco to keep people hooked.

     My mother smoked Kents with the “micronite” filter, falling for the propaganda they were healthier than unfiltered. She died of cancer, 1966.

     It was all a lie. It was all about money. Cigarettes represented a multi-billion dollar industry. Naysayers and scientists who tried to tell the truth, who tried to warn, were ignored. They were bad

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Sometimes I ask myself questions about why a massive segment of our government representatives is willing to depart from the fundamental basics on why and how a democratic republic like the United States can thrive.

Why do so many far-left politicians want to increase the welfare rolls? One of Obama’s first orders was to inflate the numbers of recipients on food stamps.  In the first three years of his administration, food stamp hand-outs increased 70 percent.  (See Washington Times report link):  Food stamp president: Enrollment up 70 percent under Obama – Washington Times

Why are sanctuary cities protected by state and local governments, allowing undocumented immigrants – by the millions — not only an invitation to come and bring extended family, but to have access to all social and welfare benefits with the onus on the taxpayers?

Why do people of the far-left want to see open borders, permitting unrestrained new residents, most of whom will require sustenance from the government?

Why do some far-left politicians insist on allowing anyone to vote without having to prove basic eligibility, i.e., citizenry, with photo I.D.?

The answer, I believe, has little to do with compassion and anti-racism. Those are all terms invented

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  1. There will be an attempt to assassinate President Trump. The incendiary atmosphere in America is at a peak, fueled by the ongoing intense hatred for Donald Trump as expressed, irresponsibly, by several major news networks, and print media that cannot accept the fact that Hillary lost. These news networks, as well as a cadre of far-left politicians continually spew calls for “impeachment” not for evidence of committing a crime, but for no other reason than being elected. Such rhetoric only needs to successfully inspire one lone wacko with a gun, as we have seen four times in American history.


  1. The U.S. will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Other nations will follow suit as the UN gradually accedes to pressures from the U.S. to assume greater roles in supporting the UN financially, and to support Israel’s right to exist as a sovereign state. The move will spark anger and demonstrations from Palestinians, and violence may erupt, but it will not prevent the moving of the embassy


  1. Construction on the border fence will begin, with limitations as many sections will cede to more modern methods, i.e., electronics, aerial surveillance, concentrated patrol, etc., for securing the border and preventing
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In a word:  Engrossing

     If you saw the movie Dunkirk, don’t miss this prequel. This is a great docudrama for people interested in what was going on behind the scenes when 300,000 British soldiers were under siege and trapped in Dunkirk by the Nazi movement in the spring of 1940.

     This was better than Dunkirk because we learned so much more, not only about the treachery of war, but about the personalities that were imbued with the responsibility to make the right decisions, when there would be no time or opportunity to correct a bad decision. Characters were well defined and come alive behind the incredible acting performance by journeyman Gary Oldman who becomes Winston Churchill; looks, stature, speech, and personality included. The movie starts from the time he was thrust into the job of prime minister just as the war with Germany was starting and so many members of parliament were against him.

     Why Gary Oldman was cast as Churchill, you ask? When he bears no resemblance to Churchill at all?  See the movie.  Not only should the make-up people be nominated for an Oscar, so should Oldman, who well deserves winning it.


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