Author Archives: Jim McKeever

About Jim McKeever

Observer, writer, father, runner based in Central New York.

Tell me, what would they see in your eyes?

On a downtown street in Lansing, Mich., a woman asked for our help. She was with her daughter, about 7 years old. We could see in the woman’s eyes several things: warmth, strength, wariness. In the young girl’s, shyness. Perhaps … Continue reading

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Please, Rep. Katko, minimize the damage Trump is doing

A request to my representative in Congress, John Katko (R, NY-24): The challenge in writing to you about Donald Trump’s assault on democracy is to focus on the long view, to avoid getting caught up in his latest deliberate distraction, … Continue reading

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Trump’s Swampville 9 loses a tough one to Team USA

Back when ‘merica was great, baseball teams “barnstormed” across the U.S., delighting fans young and old. None of those squads, however, packed stadiums like Donald Trump’s rag-tag Swampville 9. They lost a close one this week, 6-5 on a walk-off … Continue reading

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‘Forget Paris,’ Trump said, before retreating to his dark place

We held an “emergency rally” in the sanctuary city of Syracuse, NY, today, less than two hours after the 45th president of the United States pulled the world’s biggest polluter out of the Paris climate agreement. As one speaker so … Continue reading

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Death-row attorney’s message of hope amid injustice

At one point during Bryan Stevenson’s lecture on injustice and mass incarceration in America, the young man in his 20s seated next to me in the crowded auditorium quietly wiped tears from his face, trying to be as inconspicuous as … Continue reading

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The People’s Climate March, April 29, 2017

The People marched today, in cities everywhere, to bring attention to the reality of Climate Change and its ramifications for the planet. Meanwhile at the White House, or perhaps Mar-a-Lago, the Plunder King sleeps.    

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‘They never asked to be extorted, raped, threatened and beaten’

“She was told that if she failed to pay again, they would first rape her once more and then kill her son.” My brother recently returned from a 10-day volunteer stint representing women and children who have crossed the border from … Continue reading

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Sincerely, The Future of Healthcare

Here’s the backstory behind the video letter to President Donald J. Trump, “Sincerely, The Future of Healthcare,” that went viral last week, and a look at the five Upstate medical students who made it happen – in five days’ time. … Continue reading

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A view from the Women’s March on Washington

The National Women’s March on Washington, D.C. Saturday was a truly transformative moment in our nation’s history. The title notwithstanding, it was more than a just a march of and for women. So many among the estimated million marched in … Continue reading

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Inauguration 2017, the fate of our scorpion-elect and our democracy: an updated fable

The fate of President-elect Donald J. Trump and democracy, explained by the Greek storyteller, Aesop, with a 21st-century update: 1. A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream, and the scorpion asks the frog to carry … Continue reading

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