American-born Justin Lifflander, graduate of Cornell University, arrived in Russia (then the USSR) in 1987 as a driver-mechanic for the U.S. embassy in Moscow.
For this New Year I hope that all of us find a sense of sympathy and harmony with those around us.
We should not fear cutting the military budget; strong and healthy communities make for a strong nation.
The cries of the world's people demand peace - no nukes, no war, no hate; but what is needed to build a lasting structure of peace?
Sara's passion for knowledge never waned, and she was especially well read in current events. Her absence is deeply felt by all who knew her.
As we reflect on the 13th anniversary of the attacks that shook our nation, it appears that little progress has been made in the "war on terror."
President Obama, while saying U.S. airstrikes would be limited in scope, also called it "a long-term project" - that is alarming, opening the door for further disasters.
We can barely turn in any direction without encountering violence of one kind or another. It is a pervasive presence in our lives and the lives of people worldwide.
Over the past few weeks the American people have been served up a steady stream of words and images by the major media about the conflict in the Ukraine.
The ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and the negotiation of a Fissile Materials Treaty, both of which the Obama administration favors, have been held up, one by the U.S. Senate, the other by another country.