About This Author

I Joined the "Young Republicans" in 1958 at the age of 18 and have carried Republican credentials ever since. However ..... the GOP has moved so far to the Right over the years that I now usually find myself in the other camp. I consider myself a Moderate and always try to understand both sides of the arguments. Thus the title "In the Middle of the Issues" I'm now retired from the Mortgage Banking business although I can still probably hook you up in a tough situation. These days I spend a lot of time here on the Vine and while hanging out in Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York State.

Usually I lean more to the sport of political pundit than toward business. As a campaign manager and staffer for a New York State Senator, I gained some experience in political campaign managing and advising in State and local politics. I've had a lot of fun with politics (probably because I refused to run for office myself). I still enjoy a good debate, but always I try to keep in mind that the other side often has a legitimate argument and I simply disagree with their position. I find that when I acknowledge the value of their argument, it makes it easier for them to find the value in mine.

I carry the motto "No Tolerance for Intolerance" and give no quarter to Bigots and Bullies. If they go there, I'm in their face. The problem with those guys is they don't know it when they've lost the argument.

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