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In my 2015 book release, The Way Things Oughta Be, I offer numerous chapters with analyses and suggestions for improving the world, whether it be politics, science, education, criminal justice, family issues, love and romance and so much more. At the very end of the book, I present a chapter titled, “Afterthoughts” which is a list of one-liners, without essay or analysis.

     I thought some folks might be interested…so I extracted this chapter and created a short blog.  (With the author’s permission, of course) See what you think.


Sometimes, a simple answer can identify a question.  According to your author, here are a few one-line reflections on – The Way Things Oughta Be:

  • Smart people should think twice about the long-range consequences before blanketing their bodies with tattoo ink.
  • Parents who sit with their kids at restaurant tables engrossed with tablets and smart phones tell me they’ve lost the ability to communicate.
  • I’m a fan of space travel, but I also wonder if the enormous costs outweigh the benefits, and those billions of dollars could not be better funneled to more pressing needs.
  • Abolish car alarms. They are useless costs added to the price of an auto.
  • Schools,
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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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More To Consider in the Ray Rice Assault Fiasco Sep 9While the media focuses on Ray Rice’s knock-out punch of his girlfriend in an elevator and weighing the response by the NFL hierarchy, we should also be viewing the fiasco from other angles

By Marshall Frank

Besides deciding the Baltimore Raven’s running back’s career setback, there are more questions in need of answers.

First. Is this more pervasive than we know? How often are high paid sport professionals whacking their women around behind closed doors? This case was inadvertently caught on video, otherwise nobody would ever have known. Are such abusers emboldened with power – physical and financial – that they feel it’s their right to keep their female possessions in line?

Second. Does the lure of mega-millions have an affect on the judgment of women being abused by their rich boyfriends/husbands? Do women who are married to millionaire athletes overlook infidelity and physical abuse in order to relish the rewards?

Third. Didn’t anyone notice how Mr. Rice tugged the young woman onto the hard floor once clear of the elevator? He dropped her

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Even if you’re not a sports fan, remember the name; Kevin Durant.

     In this day and age, where we see far too much negativity and poor sportsmanship, particularly in team sports, it’s refreshing to see a major star with such class and humility.  I am not a fan of basketball.  Until this past week, I had never heard of Kevin Durant.  Now, I will never forget his name. Here’s why.

     Kevin Durant has been playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for seven years. After one year of college, he smartly accepted being drafted into the NBA. Now 25 years of age and playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder, he is breaking all kinds of records. Many compare him to Michael Jordan.  This year, he surpassed the great Lebron James to earn the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. I won’t bore you with all the statistics, but rest assured they are phenomenal. 

     There’s far more to this young man than his ability to jump, dribble and shoot hoops. While he’s earning mega-millions in sport contracts and endorsements, his true nature can be judged by his philanthropy, never forgetting his roots, his religious devotion, his love of fellow man and most

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                    We’ve been raised to compete, to want more! More! More! It’s a way of life.  It’s about greed. 

                                                              —    Sandy Duncan, actress, singer

And so, the label “amateur” will likely be lifted from college football players very soon.  No more is it about earning scholarships, attaining a college education, and working hard at a sport in order to pay for that education. It’s all about greed.

     Gimme, gimme, gimme.

     The National Labor Relations Board issued a ruling in March declaring football players from Northwestern as “employees” of the university and therefore the right to form a union.


     That’s like saying tuba players in the band are employees of the college. Maybe even swimmers, cheerleaders and chess players. After all, they all compete, they all enhance the “sporting” events and they all work hard.

     Yes, football players work hard at their sport.  But they are not employees! They are students of a college or university who – in most situations – must maintain a particular grade average in order to be granted the privilege to compete.

     Now, a mighty foot has wedged into the proverbial door for unions to take over college sports.  It may start with football, but don’t

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 Considering there are easily one hundred or more to select from in a myriad of sports, this was a difficult choice. When referring to most admired, it’s not only for athletic records, but other contributions as well. I based my selections on a mix of two criteria:

  • Level of achievements and contribution to the sport
  • Struggle, Integrity, Compassion outside the arena.

These are my opinions only

 1.     Jackie Robinson

     The movie “42,” released in 2012, barely scraped the surface of this great man. While his on-field achievements did not assemble the gargantuan numbers of a Babe Ruth or Pete Rose, the complete package is hard to ignore when deciding who should be most admired in the history of sports.

     First student at UCLA to win varsity letters in four sports. During WWII, served as a second lieutenant, then court-martialed for refusing to sit in the back of a bus. With the  help of Branch Rickey, owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, was the first to break the insurmountable color barrier in baseball when drafted from the Negro League to Minor League baseball in Montreal, and then to the Dodgers. He was met with huge rejection from fans and other players, often

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The movie was predictable. Even the most uninformed in the annals of baseball have heard of Jackie Robinson and his famous milestone of breaking the color barrier into the Major Leagues in 1947. We all knew how the story would begin and end.

But that’s not what was important. Most bio epics, from stories from Jesus to famous politicians, have known beginnings and endings. This story rehashed the old wounds of racial discrimination of merely 65 years ago, when black celebrities, in sports or entertainment, were relegated to separate bathrooms, water fountains and lodgings…still considered second-class citizens no matter when they went, no matter their wealth.

What the movie brought out was the horrid humiliations that Robinson was forced to endure, especially by fellow ball players, few of whom had the courage to come to his side, as did Pee Wee Reese. While Branch Rickey was credited with bringing Robinson into the majors, we didn’t really know how much he played a part in how the young star from the Negro Leagues would handle the firestorm emotionally. This piqued in a poignant scene, as Rickey is warning Robinson of what’s to come if he brings him into

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