Chris Jepson Columns


Chris Jepson: Dear Santa

Santa, it seems we’ve given up in America on being trim, fit and healthy.

We’ve lost our national collective willpower to control our ravenous pie holes. We eat and eat and eat.

Chris Jepson: The new nattering nabobs of negativism

The desire for certainty that we all crave is what is so unsettling about the times in which we live.

If you are a reflective individual, it has occurred to you that certainty is ephemeral.

Chris Jepson: Haven’t got a prayer

The answer to America’s prayers? More prayer it would seem.

Keep guns in the hands of everyone because, "Guns don't kill people; people kill people."

Chris Jepson: Whither thou goest, David Schillhammer?

Just about anything goes better with a symphony. Champagne. Frivolity. And, of course, Christmas.

To say that Schillhammer has turned in a virtuoso performance as executive director is an understatement.

Chris Jepson: What history suggests

When reading the history of warfare between nations/peoples, one might legitimately ask, “What are the causes of human conflict?”

That our collective history (as a species) is one of mayhem, war and sorrow is really of little surprise.

Chris Jepson: No victors on judgment day

I’ve read history all my life. I enjoy it almost as much as fiction.

Wait. History is fiction. I like to think not. It is suggested however that, “History is written by the victors.”

Chris Jepson: Sorry Charlie

Imagine if women had had a seat at the table the past 7,000 years as equals to men.

If I could wave a magic wand and change one thing about the history of our species, it might be the tragic marginalization of women by men.

Chris Jepson: Place your bets now

The Republican presidential nominating process is like watching a train wreck in real time.

In today’s Republican Party “thoughtful conservatism” is an oxymoron.

Chris Jepson: The subjectivity of objectification

I believe we are all objects in some context, that objectification is just part and parcel of the way we humans operate.

Objectification is often a superficial surface assessment of an individual’s physical attributes.

Chris Jepson: More and more I’m less and less

I determined at a young age (8) that none of us get out alive. The only issue is timing.

I was 21 at the time I started doing estimations of my life expectancy and based on family history came up with the benchmark of 83.

Chris Jepson: On purchasing America

Ever since the election of President George W. Bush in 2000, I’ve more seriously questioned whether or not America is a democracy in name only.

In that contest, Al Gore received 547,398 more votes than did George Bush, yet Bush took office.

Chris Jepson: Republicans - ‘All hat and no cattle’

There are times in my life when I lament that I won’t be alive to see how history judges us.

Suffice it to say, we can imagine a better tomorrow, one that addresses America’s challenges. But we don’t. Why is that?

Chris Jepson: Gimme some good ‘ole lobotomy

According to impartial analysis of the emails, clandestine lobotomies have become more and more common and are now required of any “serious” Republican political candidate.

Political observers recognized mental changes to the general Republican electorate beginning in the early 1970s.

Chris Jepson: Do-it-yourself neurological surgery

If you have to have your spinal column opened-up, well, this is about the best possible procedure to have.

I was thinking of ordering the Time-Life Illustrated Series on Do-It-Yourself Neurological Surgery and doing it myself it’s such a cake-walk of an operation.

Chris Jepson: A hardening of the heart

The Pope is arriving in America and I am mildly interested.

The idea that the individual could — on his or her own — through observation, reading, introspection and discourse determine how best to live remains a revolutionary idea.