Authors and Editorial Staff
The Moderate Voice’s Editorial Staff are:
DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS
Technology Policy Analyst
DORIAN DE WIND
Military Affairs Columnist
Click on an author’s name to go to their individual article pages. This lists people who contribute to The Moderate Voice by doing posts. Please see the bottom under Past Contributors. This includes TMV writers who have not posted in a long time but could resume posting at a later date. If they resume posting, their names will appear in the list below.
Joe Gandelman (Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Moderate Voice) spent many years as a freelance writer overseas and as a full-time reporter on the staffs of two newspapers in the United States — and as a professional ventriloquist across America.
Gandelman interned as a journalist on The Hindustan Times in New Delhi, and wrote and/or worked for many newspapers including the Chicago Daily News, the Wichita Eagle-Beacon, the San Diego Union-Tribune, and the Christian Science Monitor. His work has appeared on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” and in the Argus South African Newspapers, Baltimore Sun, Miami Herald, Winnipeg (Canada) Free Press , Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), Aftenposten (Norway), and Haaretz (Israel), among others. Gandelman was awarded his Baccalaureate Degree in Political Science from Colgate University, and his Masters in Journalism is from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He also performs as a ventriloquist across the country, was on NBC’s “Spy TV” and VH1’s “The Cho Show,” and is included in the nationally-distributed The Great Ventriloquists trading cards.
He has appeared on political news show panels on MSNBC and CNN. CNN’s John Avlon named him as one of the top 25 Centrists Columnists and Commentators. He writes a weekly political column that is syndicated nationally by Cagle Cartoons. He is a regular contributor to The Week online.
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, (Managing Editor and Columnist) is fondly known to her colleagues as ‘Dr. E.’ She’s a registered Independent, once belonging to both wild Democratic and wilder Republican parties. A Latina Catholic, she was raised in an immigrant/refugee family in small-town Indiana (Pop: 600). She writes about political psychology and cultural groups, including age, racial, gender, military, corporate, governmental, mainstream and sub-cultural minority groups.
Governor’s appointee to the Colorado State Grievance Board, 1993-2006, serving as Chair in conjunction with a Colorado District Attorney, today she continues her work as a “consultant in human behavior” and lifelong activist for schools, legislation, lawyers, judges, and private interests. She testifies on policy before state and federal legislatures, and is a Latino diversity scholar. She teaches law students, medical residents, and journalists about the influential tenets of ‘telling the story’ powerfully in clinical and trial settings, through film, television, and the written word. She is a member of the Hispanic Journalists Association. She is a former welfare mother who aimed for college; earned a post-doctoral diploma as a certified Jungian Psychoanalyst, via charter of IAAP, Zurich. Dr. E. is also the performer of 30 spoken word series on mythology ad psychology [soundtrue.com] and author of several books on mythos in daily psychological life, including the depth psychology book, Women Who Run With the Wolves, published in 35 languages worldwide and on the New York Times best seller list for 144 weeks. (Wikipedia).
T-Steel is 40-year old information technology consultant and “journeyman” futurist from South Carolina. Tyrone began his IT career at Fortune 500 firms and is currently providing ITIL process consulting and business architecture for various small, medium, and large businesses nationally and internationally. He is also a member of the World Future Society and is active in local and national futurist events and workshops. Politically, T-Steel describes himself a member of the Slant Wing. As he says, “I move slantways away from liberals and conservatives, yet I feel them both”.
T-Steel is “infinitely” and happily married, with three children ages 16, 15, and 11.
Brij Khindaria is an independent media person based in Europe. He began with Reuters in London and wrote for The Financial Times and other media. Currently, he is a specialist writer for publications in Britain, the US and India. He follows most major diplomatic meetings in Europe, e.g. G8, NATO, European Union and the United Nations. His areas are peace, development and human rights. He has authored several works. He also teaches the Seed of Creative Action, which is a form of meditation derived from Indian Ayurveda (Knowledge of life). He writes mystical poetry in Hindi, English and French.
The Talking Dog is the nom de guerre of the Brooklyn, NY based blogger who began blogging under that name in September, 2001 (before the term “blog” was in vogue) about a week after he found himself across the street from the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001 (he worked a block from WTC then, as he does now). In other bizarre historical coincidences, TTD graduated Columbia College in 1983, in the same class as Barack Obama (among other luminaries), and TTD shares a birthday with Hillary Clinton (and Pat Sajak). When not blogging, TTD is a lawyer with a responsible sounding day-job. He has also run 18 marathons in 9 different states… and counting, despite no discernible athletic talent. With his sui generis interviews of figures associated with “the war on terror”, particularly detention policy, he is one of the world’s most active journalists in that area, despite neither being a journalist nor having any writing talent. TTD considers himself “center-right” as he has for decades (having started his legal career in the Justice Department during the Reagan Administration), but as the political spectrum has changed and he and his views really haven’t, he is now considered “arch-liberal” by most others.
is the 32 year-old British creator and publisher of www.WatchingAmerica.com, a website that reflects global opinion about the United States by aggregating and translating foreign press articles. Having lived on three continents, and traveled extensively, he moved to the U.S to establish a consulting and property investment company. His degrees, from the University of Cambridge (England), are in physics and philosophy. He is an entrepreneur who has worked as a corporate strategist, a teacher, editor and now increasingly as a commentator: a wide range of experience, the ground-breaking content on Watching America, and simply being an outsider on the inside, all inform his perspective on the United States – a country he loves.
William Kern was Editor-in-Chief of WatchingAmerica.com. He has been a copy editor and news designer on three continents, most recently at the International Herald Tribune in Paris. He has currently started up WorldMeets.US
Cagle Cartoons are Daryl Cagle’s always thought-provoking, political, and social cartoons.
Joerg Wolf is founder and editor-in-chief of the Atlantic Review, a blog on transatlantic relations sponsored by the German Fulbright Alumni Association. He currently works as head of research of the Atlantic Community, a new online magazine of the Atlantic Initiative in Berlin. Joerg studied political science at the Free University of Berlin and worked as a research associate for the international Risk Policy project at the Free University’s Center for Transatlantic Foreign and Security Policy. He has been a Fulbright scholar at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and Washington DC and has worked for the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Cairo and in Berlin.
Shaun Mullen longtime TMV contributor is an award-winning journalist and blogger. Among the stories that he covered over a 35-year newspaper career were the Vietnam War, O.J.Simpson murders and trials, Clinton impeachment circle and coming of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. He also mentored young reporters who have gone on to be the best in the newspaper and television news business, including two who were awarded Pulitzer Prizes in 2010. He currently blogs at Kiko’s House and at OpinionJournal, among other blogs.
Dorian de Wind is a retired U.S. Air Force officerand an aerospace/defense executive who enjoys writing and teaching. Originally an author of technical textbooks and articles, Dorian now contributes opinion, travel and personal experience articles to several newspapers and blogs. He also translates Dutch and Spanish press articles. A native of Ecuador, Dorian was educated in The Netherlands and in the U.S. (Texas A&M, University, Math/Physics, Summa Cum Laude; Univ. of Southern Mississippi, MS Telecommunications; doctoral work in Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma). He has taught undergraduate and graduate computer science courses at City Colleges of Chicago, Oklahoma State University and at U.S. Military institutions. His proudest award and achievement are the Freedoms Foundation George Washington Honor Medal and having been responsible for the reception, welfare and resettlement of over 400 South Vietnamese refugees at the end of the Vietnam War. He has resided and worked extensively abroad (Ecuador, The Netherlands, Germany, England, Belgium, Taiwan and Saudi Arabia) but is now happily settled in the beautiful USA.
Patrick Edaburn is an attorney with a practice focusing on bankruptcy and estate planning. A resident of Northern California since he was 4 years old he currently lives in the Stockton/Lodi area. He has been active in politics since childhood and has served as a countywide official with the Republican Party. He hopes someday to run for public office, although at this point he feels too liberal to run as a Republican and too conservative to run as a Democrat. In addition to his work on The Moderate Voice he is currently at work on his first novel, although at this point he remains uncertain as to who might publish it.
Kathy E. Gill covered politics for About.com from July 2004-Feburary 2009; previously, she had written about agriculture for TheMiningCompany/About.com. She has been online since the early 1990s, having discovered CompuServe before Marc Andreessen launched Mosaic at the University of Illinois in 1993. She ran one of the first political candidate web sites in Washington State in 1995, and today she teaches digital communication at the University of Washington, where she focuses on the intersection of technology and society, especially institutions of power like government and media. She is finalizing a book about Twitter.
She is a former state and federal lobbyist and a critic of both national parties. She has worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture as well as USDA; she also served on the Washington State Department of Ecology Water Resources Forum and Solid Waste Advisory Committee. She studied in Oslo, Norway while in college (University of Georgia) and has also traveled throughout Europe as well as the Carribean, Mexico and Canada, Central America, northern Africa, Asia, Indonesia and New Zealand. Australia and Chile are on her wish list, as is mainland China and India. She also writes at WiredPen, FlipTheMedia and Newsvine. When not writing or teaching, she can probably be found on one of her motorcycles. Follow her on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.
Hart Williams, is a published author, journalist, novelist, literary critic, ‘teleplay scenarist’ and screenwriter for four decades as of 2013, Hart Williams has lived in the American West for his entire life. Having grown up in Wyoming, Kansas and New Mexico, a survivor of Texas and a veteran of Hollywood — where he worked in radio, television and films in addition to print — Mr. Williams currently lives in Oregon, along with an astonishing amount of pollen.
He has written for (among others) the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Kansas City Star, the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner (RIP), the Portland Oregonian, the Santa Fe Sun, New West Magazine (RIP), the Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard, the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Free Press (RIP). imDb lists him as a screenwriter. Mr. Williams has been—and continues to be—a practitioner of both acoustic and electric journalism.
Elijah Sweete is an attorney who after graduating from university in Philosophy and English Literature, minor in Business Administration, moved on to law school, where he was a two time university intramural men’s racquetball champion. After graduation, law review, honor society and several American Jurisprudence awards in hand, he served a clerkship with a state supreme court justice, then moved to a major international law firm, doing ACLU volunteer work in his spare time. Learning there was a shortage of death penalty defense attorneys, and bored with making buckets of money, he left high-rise office life for the mud pit of death penalty work, and also job-shared a trial court judgeship on the side. Publications include co-authoring legal works on several subjects, including the rights of seniors and disabled Americans, and an ABA award winning book on “legal ethics”, a phrase he describes as an oxymoron.
He has served on a dozen charitable boards, including four years as National Board Chair of one of the ‘big four’ health charities. Though a registered Independent, he has worked in political campaigns for both parties, including two successful Republican Senatorial campaigns. In the late 1990’s he was the subject of a recruitment effort by the national Republican Party to run for congress. He declined. Today he serves as general counsel for a group of eighteen companies headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Radio host, speaker, writer, pastor, teacher and evangelist, co-pastoring Evergreen Foursquare Church in Auburn, Washington along with pastor Dan Behrens. Adjunct professor for Life Pacific College and a guest speaker at various churches. “I write a column for The Auburn Reporter and guest post on various blogs and websites. Monday – Friday from 4-6 pm I host “Live from Seattle with Doug Bursch” on 820 AM KGNW. Our talk show tackles everyday issues facing ordinary people. Consequently, our topics range between the profound and the trivial; the sacred and the secular; the awe inspiring and the downright perplexing.
I’m married to my extremely lovely and tolerant wife Jennifer. She’s my better two-thirds! Together we have four equally adorable children named Kysa, Anna, Nathaneal, and Samuel. In my spare time, I enjoy spending hours watching my favorite Seattle sports teams lose. Except for this year, because this year things are going to be way better than last year. I mean, there is no way we could do as badly as last year. And so the delusional thinking continues. If you want to learn more about me, check out www.fairlyspiritual.org or www.kgnw.com ”
Patricia Smith I am an Independent Catholic Sister, with a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a concentration in Early American History, Early American Political History and Abraham Lincoln. I majored in History because of my passion for and love of American History. I am a moderate democrat and a flag waving American who understands that the leaders of this country do not always make the best choices. I believe in the principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence, the government created by the Constitution and the country Abraham Lincoln and so many others died to preserve. I have published two books, One thousand Days and Kayla’s Story, both works of fiction. I have published two plays: The Park Bench and Everybody’s Playing The Game.
Tom Briscoe is the cartoonist behind Small World, the love child of an editorial cartoon and comic strip. It covers subjects from politics to pop culture to hating cats. Due to the bipartisan nature of being boneheaded, Small World is guaranteed to never run out of things to make fun of. Tom Briscoe’s work is published regularly in alternative press newsweeklies and is also syndicated online at GoComics.com
Prairie Weather, a former New Englander, lives on the lam in rural Texas. Some years back PW, artist by trade, had returned from a couple of decades living and working overseas in other languages and landscapes, and got involved with developing an international cultural exchange program. That experience, coupled with memories of childhood in a family of movers and shakers, left PW with an Attitude about money and power and their effect on what was once our self-governance. PW has some opinions about how the left allowed itself to get left behind.
The addiction to writing began as soon as computers hit the market. PW went looking for excuses to own one. Remember the Osborne? remember telnetting? remember graduating to 64 mb? Ever play Free Cell in a dream?
In addition to “PrairieWeather” (for daily rants), PW blogs at “FindersKeepers” (found objects) and “TheScribe” (interviews heard and transcribed, low-tech method).
Political views? They’re considerably to the left of contemporary Democrats but include an interest in and respect for genuine conservativism, now rare in the US. PW can live with rage for short periods but cannot live without humor.
Prairie Weather has no use for TV but has a self-indulgent account for book purchases at Amazon as well as a dependency issue with Netflix. PW feels enormous respect for the writers at TMV and for myriad graceful, honest bloggers who inhabit other parts of the web. Imagine what our country would be like without them.
Antonio (Tony) Campbell is ten year member of Political Science Faculty at Towson University teaching Political Theory, American Government, Religion and Politics, MD Campaign Strategy and a survey course on Presidential Elections.
Tony has served twice in the United States Army – from 1983 to 1986 as an enlisted member and from 2007 to 2011 as a Chaplain in the United States Army. In the Fall of 2015, he will complete his doctoral studies (D.MIN) at Liberty University Seminary researching the role of the chaplaincy and spiritual resiliency in suicide prevention programs within the US Armed Forces.
Tony has worked on local, state and federal campaigns including serving as the statewide co-chairman of the Maryland 2012 Referendum Project. He is the author of a political theory textbook entitled America Today: Political Theory and Practical Politics.
He is the father of two children, Taylor Alexander and Amelia Christine.
Rick Bayan is founder-editor of The New Moderate, a blog for the “passionate centrist” who’s unafraid to consider radical remedies when the nation tips dangerously to the right or left. Born and raised in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Rick graduated with honors from Rutgers College with a degree in history. Finding himself virtually unemployable, he picked up a master’s in journalism from the University of Illinois. There he discovered the writings of vintage journalist-curmudgeon H. L. Mencken and found his calling, which would have to be deferred for a few decades while he survived as an editor and advertising copywriter. He took his day job seriously enough to win half a dozen advertising awards and write Words That Sell, a thesaurus that became a standard reference book in his field. He’s also the author of The Cynic’s Dictionary (“revolutionary: an oppressed person waiting for the opportunity to become an oppressor”) and webmaster of The Cynic’s Sanctuary. Rick lives with his young son and an elderly cat in a converted 115-year-old livery stable in Philadelphia. He serves on the board of Americans United to Rebuild Democracy and was present at the launch of NoLabels in December 2010. A longtime history buff, he’s one of the few people alive who can do a reasonably accurate vocal impression of Teddy Roosevelt.
Ron Beasley graduated from college in 1968 and then suddenly found himself an interrogator and analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency. After leaving the DIA in the mid 70s he rediscovered his inner hippie. But that didn’t last long – after marriage and children he found himself in the corporate world as a manufacturing engineer. That included gray pin stripe suits and corporate jets. But the opportunity to rediscover the inner hippie occurred in 2001 when his company and his job was sent to China. Since then he has attempted to make a living in photography, graphic arts and web design. Ron had his own blog, Middle Earth Journal for several years and then moved to Newshoggers. Ron writes book reviews and if you are interested he can be reached at mailto:[email protected]
Robert A. Levine
A Vietnam vet and a Columbia history major who became a medical doctor, Bob Levine is also an author who has published four books, two related to politics, one about aging, and one about preventing dementia. He has watched the evolution of American politics over the past 40 years with increasing alarm and believes that a strong centrist third party is necessary to restore democracy and take control from the lobbyists and special interests. Massive cash contributions, corruption, and partisanship have undermined real democracy through the current duopoly of Republicans and Democrats. Levine’s book, Resurrecting Democracy, shows why a centrist third party is needed and how it can be realized. His previous book, Shock Therapy For the American Health Care System takes a pragmatic approach to health care reform and cost control from a physician’s informed point of view. Aging With Attitude reveals what is necessary for all of us to age well, and is also a philosophy about the aging process. Defying Dementia informs people what they can do actively to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Besides blogging regularly about politics, Levine is currently working on several new books
Janet Shan is a freelance journalist, blogger, freelance financial and business writer. Additionally, she has worked as an operations manager, logistics analyst, public relations specialist and social media consultant. She is a regular contributor to the Johns Creek Patch in metro Atlanta. Janet specializes in political commentary from a centrist point of view, as well as social commentary.
She is the founder and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette. She has appeared on several radio shows, as a regular contributor or as a guest. She is putting the finishing touches on her new novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay, Jamaica, where she was born. Janet is currently enrolled as an online student at Quinnipaic University, pursuing a MS in Interactive Media. Janet and husband are the proud parents of two boys, ages 15 and 11.
Dr. Arif Ahmad I am Arif Ahmad, a Cardiologist in practice in Wisconsin, USA.
A Pakistani-American Muslim, I have felt in the crosshair of things of late. This resulted in my first writing, “The Optimist” in December 2012.
I write a blog by the same name where I put all my good, the bad and the ugly.
Born in Lahore Pakistan, my formative years were influenced by a variety of teachers and mentors. After finishing my medical school, I came to the US to pursue the best medical science known to mankind, in the best melting pot and the best place to live on this planet.
I believe that because I have worked hard and sacrificed much to be here, I cherish, enjoy and am rather protective of the strengths which brought me to my now home, America.
All this and more inspires me to write boldly both in word and thought and often with an optimistic twist and in a form I call my own.
Multiple Board Certified, I am a Fellow of American College of Cardiology and a Fellow of Heart Rhythm Society.
My work, patients, family, friends, outdoors and writing are my passion and love and something I live for.
Jim Satterfield The day job is in small business IT which means doing a bit of everything even vaguely technical –from programming to managing the mail server. I’ve worked with personal computers one way or another since 1982 and prefer building my own computers to use at home. What led to blogging and lots of time spent online comes down to reading. Lots of reading, going so far back I can’t remember when I couldn’t read. When you’re a kid in the ‘60s who hasn’t discovered the library yet, you read your mom and dad’s newspaper since it’s something new to read every day. This was one way to discover that virtually everything is interesting, which made choosing a college major a difficult proposition. First there was the chemistry major, then the education with a speech and drama emphasis major with an English minor, and finally the computer science major. A telling moment was when a counselor at one school looked at my transcript and basically commented on how most people follow the hard sciences, soft sciences or the arts but I just didn’t seem to fit that pattern.
I discovered science fiction fandom in 1976 with a convention in Kansas City and started working on sci fi conventions in 1979. Besides having held varied positions with multiple conventions in Tulsa and Kansas City, my wife and I ran the Hugo Awards for the World Science Fiction Convention in New Orleans in 1988, and tallied the Hugo voting results for the Worldcon in Orlando in 1992. My blog on ‘geekery and more’
Dr. Kevin Purcell, D.C., has an undergraduate degree from the University of the Pacific (1974-1978) and a doctorate degree from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (1978-1982). He has run a practice specializing in sports medicine, industrial disability evaluation, and hard- to-handle sports and work-related medical conditions for over 30 years, bringing a unique ability and working knowledge to the multisport athletes he advises. “KP” is a certified USA Triathlon coach and has completed twenty Ironman triathlon races (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run) all over the world. He coaches both Pro and elite athletes, as well as newcomers to triathlon, toward their goals from as far away as Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore, Russia, the Southern Hemisphere and all four corners of America and in between. Whether in the world of medicine or as a coach, he considers himself a teacher and relishes the tough cases his athletes and patients present him with. He qualified for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii seven times and was the 2006 age group champion at Ironman Brazil in the 50-54 age group. He cycled his bike well over 150,000 miles all over the world since 1999, including the length of both islands of New Zealand, the highest point in Australia, Brazil, Italy, Hawaii, all the Colorado passes and the Continental Divide five times in twelve days. Dr. Kevin is certified in soft tissue Active Release Technique (ART) and recently did a two week medical rotation at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. Coach KP retired from competition in 2006. “Sharing positive attitude, health, problem solving and providing service to others are part of my mission statement. Every patient and client I interact with I strive to learn from.”
Richard Barry was born and raised near New York City, and has lived in Toronto since the early 1980s. He studied political theory and political institutions at the State University of New York and the Graduate School of the University of Toronto. He has worked extensively in electoral politics in Canada at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels and has chaired or managed election campaigns at all three levels of government.His primary interest is in electoral politics and American political history. For many years, he worked in the non-profit sector, including work on affordable housing, homelessness, and violence against women and is currently employed by the Government of Ontario, Cabinet Office, Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs.
He is also a musician (saxophone, clarinet, Irish flute, guitar, and tenor banjo), and has volunteered in the arts sector in a number of capacities including as president of the Mariposa Folk Foundation, vice president of the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals, JUNO Roots/Traditional Committee (Canadian Grammys), and board member of the Canadian Folk Music Awards. His musical interests are in roots music and early jazz. He is Associate Editor at The Reaction and Editor at Listening to Now.
Aaron Astor, a/k/a The Moderate Voice as “Elrod,” is Assistant Professor of American History at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. Astor received his Ph.D. in History at Northwestern University in 2006 and his B.A. in Philosophy at Hamilton College in 1995. Astor’s research focuses on the 19th century South, the Civil War, and African American history. Astor brings a historical perspective to current events, seeking parallels and parables in the past whenever possible. His book on grassroots black and white politics in Kentucky and Missouri during the Civil War and Reconstruction will be released next year.
David Schraub is currently a law student at the University of Chicago. Starting in August 2011, he will be Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Illinois. He graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College, with distinction in Political Science. Prior to that, he was a circuit debater while attending Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland. Aside from his duties at The Moderate Voice, David writes his own blog, The Debate Link, and has published in several outlets, including The University of Chicago Law Review, The Carleton Progressive, The Lens Magazine, and The Dartmouth Law Journal. David’s research interests include anti-discrimination law, critical race theory, constitutional law, law and religion, and Judaic studies. He is a Conservative Jew.
Mark Daniels has been an ordained Lutheran minister since 1984 and is pastor of Saint Matthew Lutheran Church in Logan, Ohio. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 1975. Immediately following his undergraduate years, Daniels was volunteer coordinator for a congressional campaign, a fund raiser at United Way, and supervisor of pages at the Ohio House of Representatives. Through his high school, college, and seminary years, he worked as everything from a janitor to fast food cook. Daniels’ writing has appeared in a number of dead-tree and online magazines. Before a recent relocation, he served as president of the Corporate Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Clermont County and on the county Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. In 2004, he was an unsuccessful candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives. Daniels and his wife have been married since 1974. They have two grown children. Daniels has a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Studies Education from Ohio State and a Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. His two favorite parting benedictions are, “Go Buckeyes!” and “God bless you!”
John F. McCarthy spent many years as an investigative newspaper reporter and on-air television reporter in the Caribbean. He was the news director for the ABC affiliate in the U.S. Virgin Islands. His sports and news work has appeared in the BVI Beacon, Ann Arbor News, St. Croix Avis, the San Juan Star and New York Magazine. McCarthy received Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Philosophy from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. A native of Detroit, he has traveled widely in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Viet Nam, Australia and most ports of call in the Caribbean. He is NOT related to John P. McCarthy the British journalist kidnapped in Beirut, nor Big John M. McCarthy the mixed martial arts expert nor John McCarthy the late computer scientist nor Paul McCartney, the ex-Beatle.
David Robertson is an ordinary working stiff who is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Nuclear Power School and a graduate of Rogers State University in Oklahoma. Politically, he is a moderate Independent who is inspired by the musings of humorist Dave Barry, libertarian satirist Greg Gutfeld and Melmacian philosopher Gordon Shumway (a.k.a. Alf). According to the Political Compass (http://www.politicalcompass.org/), David is nearly dead center in the political sphere, which means that he isn’t trapped in any echo chamber promoted by extremists. He doesn’t feign expertise in any field of study and doesn’t feign being a journalist. David writes for the love of writing, which is about all he can do nowadays, because an auto-immune disease has left him unable to be employed outside the home. He reads, researches and writes whenever severe pain doesn’t keep him in bed. David keeps the Melmacian spirit alive in his blog “The Melmacian Times” @ http://melmacian.tumblr.com/
Mike Peters, TMV. Guest Cartoonist: Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a political and comic strip cartoonist. His favorite expression “WHAT A HOOT” certainly sums up his outlook on his life and work which are inexorably entwined. Mike’s warm, easygoing and zany demeanor is evidence that his personality matches his creative talents. As so eloquently phrased by a colleague — “Mike is the Peter Pan of the cartooning world; he’s boyishly charming, good with a rapier and doesn’t spend a lot of time on the ground. And he doesn’t seem to want to grow up”.
The Comic Strip Mother Goose & Grimm appears in over 800 newspapers worldwide and consistently places in the top 10 most popular ratings. Licensees distribute Grimmy products all over the world, and the Grimmy TV show continues to air in several countries. Mother Goose & Grimm is included in the Toon Lagoon theme park at Universal Studios that opened in July 1999.
Our old man of the sea, Robert Stein, former head of Conde Nast, longtime writer for TMV passed away in the summer of 2014 just short of age 90. He wrote for us right up to the last two months of his life. A rememberer of WWII firsthand, and a good writer on current events, he is already deeply missed. This is his bio from TMV: Robert Stein, editor, publisher, media critic and journalism teacher, is a former Chairman of the American Society of Magazine Editors, and author of “Media Power: Who Is Shaping Your Picture of the World?” He now publishes the blog Connecting The Dots. Before the war in Iraq, he wrote in The New York Times: “I see a generation gap in the debate over going to war in Iraq. Those of us who fought in World War II know there was no instant or easy glory in being part of ‘The Greatest Generation,’ just as we knew in the 1990s that stock-market booms don’t last forever. We don’t have all the answers, but we want to spare our children and grandchildren from being slaughtered by politicians with a video-game mentality.” This is not meant to extol geezer wisdom but suggest that, even in our age of 24/7 hot flashes, something can be said for perspective. The Web is a wide space for spreading news, but it can also be a deep well of collective memory to help us understand today’s world. In olden days, tribes kept village elders around to remind them with which foot to begin the ritual dance. Start the music.
TMV’s Jerry Remmers passed away in 2011. May he rest in peace. He wrote for TMV for several years: Below is his bio, and his articles are still held in the TMV archives.
Jerry K. Remmers was a veteran of 26 years in the newspaper business in addition to owning his own business as a landscape contractor. A graduate of the University of California at Davis majoring in political science, he worked for newspapers in Klamath Falls, Ore. and in California at the Tustin News, Orange Daily News, Santa Ana Register and Evening Tribune in San Diego. In 23 years at The Trib, he was a general assignment reporter, assistant city editor, county editor and politics editor. Remmers’ political perspective was moderate left on social issues and center-right on fiscal matters. A registered Democrat, Jer called himself ‘retired in Temecula, California,” but continued to write for TMV literally til the week before he died when he posted a heart-rending goodbye article, knowing he was going to pass from this world soon. Outstanding soul. He is missed greatly.
Editors Joe Gandelman and Dr. Estés from TMV
Jack Grant passed away in 2011, a good friend of TMV, a great spirit. Jack Grant (Assistant Editor) had been working in advanced research and development on new materials and processes used in semiconductor integrated circuits since 1991, but began blogging only since the end of January, 2003 (a date made memorable because his second blog post was on the breakup of the Space Shuttle Columbia over Texas, where he was located at the time). He began his personal weblog, Random Fate as a way of keeping family and friends updated regarding his impending expatriate assignment in France, but as the date for that relocation moved later and later, his weblog evolved into something beyond his original intent. After a 20 month sojourn as an expatriate in Grenoble, France, Jack returned to the United States in December of 2005 and in time married, in the process gaining two teenage children. Jack has been granted eight US and twelve international patents along with co-authoring 35 technical papers and a textbook study guide for Physical Science (all under the name of “John M. Grant”). His personal weblog Random Fate was his most significant non-technical writing and has been nominated twice for the Weblog Awards in the “Best of” category for its ranking at the time in the weblog ecosystem. He was the first co-blogger invited to contribute to The Moderate Voice.
Rest in Peace Jack, all earthly concerns now be over.
Joe Gandelman, Editor in Chief, and Dr. Estés, Managing Editor
Past Contributors: Some of these are TMVers have stopped writing, and some haven’t written in a long time. The bios of some TMVers who haven’t written in a long time are posted here. When they resume posting, their bios will be put back on the list of current writers for The Moderate Voice.
Michael van der Galien
Joe Windish is an accomplished video and web producer. His independent work has been seen on local and national television, and on Josh Harris’s Pseudo.com, one of the earliest commercial webcast channels. For twelve years he was the director of a non-profit community television center, where he launched an early community Internet service. Through the Dot Com Bubble, he was a senior producer at Mediapolis, a Manhattan-based web engineering and design firm. In 2003, after 28 years of living and working in New York City, Joe moved to rural Georgia, following his life-partner who accepted a position as a professor at a public liberal arts college. He is now a technology specialist at the college, where he manages the campus computer labs. “The biggest lesson I’ve learned from moving to the South,” says Joe, “is how much we have to learn from our differences, and how wrong our assumptions can be. A curious and questioning left-leaning contrarian by nature, I try to practice a willingness to open and change my mind, and start from a place that doesn’t already know the answers. The New Yorker in me still finds that very hard to do!”
Swaraaj Chauhan, Swaraaj Chauhan describes his two-decade-long stint as a full-time journalist as eventful, purposeful, and full of joy and excitement. In 1993 he could foresee a different work culture appearing on the horizon, and decided to devote full time to teaching journalism (also, partly, with a desire to give back to the community from where he had enriched himself so much.) Alongside, he worked for about a year in 1993 for the US State Department’s SPAN magazine, a five-decade-old business, art and culture monthly promoting US-India relations. It gave him an excellent opportunity to learn about things American, plus the pleasure of playing tennis in the lavish American embassy compound in the heart of New Delhi. In !995 he joined WWF-India as a full-time media and environment education consultant and worked for five years travelling a great deal, including to Husum in Germany as a part of the international team to formulate WWF’s Eco-tourism policy. He taught journalism to honors students in a college affiliated to the University of Delhi, as also at the prestigious Indian Institute of Mass Communication where he lectured on “Development Journalism” to mid-career journalists/Information officers from the SAARC, African, East European and Latin American countries, for eight years.
In 2004 the BBC World Service Trust (BBC WST) selected him as a Trainer/Mentor for India under a European Union project. In 2008/09 He completed another European Union-funded project for BBC WST related to Disaster Management and media coverage in the two eastern States in India —West Bengal and Orissa. Last year, he spent a couple of months in Australia and enjoyed trekking; and also taught for a while at the University of South Australia. Recently, he was appointed as a Member of the Board of Studies at Chitkara University in Chandigarh, a beautiful city in North India designed by the famous Swiss/French architect Le Corbusier. He also teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students there. He loves trekking, especially in the hills, and never misses an opportunity to play a game of tennis. The Western and Indian classical music are always within his reach for instant relaxation. And last, but not least, is his firm belief in the power of the positive thought to heal oneself and others.
Michael Silverstein is a novelist, poet, and satirical commentator. Over the years he has published a dozen books of prose on a variety of serious and not-so-serious topics ranging from politics, to the environment, to alternative energy, to the evils of excess parking ticketing. His poetry was regularly featured on National Public Radio¹s ³Marketplace Morning Report² and published in two books of satirical verse. His political commentary has run in scores of high profile publications including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Atlanta Constitution, Chicago Tribune, et. al. Silverstein honed has knowledge of financial markets as a senior editor with Bloomberg Financial News in Princeton. He currently resides in Philadelphia with painter and First Friday TV video producer Kay Wood.
David Adesnik is a defense analyst in Washington DC. He is a contributor to Doublethink magazine and its blog, Conventional Folly. David worked full-time on the foreign policy staff of John McCain’s presidential campaign from April through November of 2008. Before joining the campaign staff, he spent four months in Iraq as a civilian analyst with the Coalition’s counter-IED task force. David received his doctorate in international relations from Oxford, writing his dissertation on democracy promotion in the Reagan era. Beginning in 2002, David was a contributor and later editor-in-chief of OxBlog, on behalf of which he covered the GOP convention in 2004. David has published articles in The Weekly Standard, The Washington Quarterly and Foreign Policy and provided commentary for NPR and the BBC.
Logan Penza is a pseudonym for an attorney and former college professor in the Midwest. He posts about developments in U.S. law, with a focus in criminal law, constitutional law, and military law.
Marc Pascal obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees in music, business and law (BA, JD & MBA) over 15 years ago after attending various universities including Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He also studied classical piano for over 20 years including all through college but he has not performed publicly in over 25 years. He lived, traveled and studied numerous times in Europe where his family has roots, gaining a high level of proficiency in French and Italian.
Between 1986 and 1998, Mr. Pascal served for several years in succession as the in-house counsel for 2 large corporations, and he also periodically practiced business law in Cleveland in various loose partnerships with a few other attorneys. Between 1991 and 2006, he started and managed 4 different new business ventures based in Chicago or Cleveland with various friends, all of which were a lot more fun. He is particularly interested in joint public-private ventures in urban redevelopment, mass transit and high speed rail. In 2006, Mr. Pascal moved to Arizona with his spouse and their young son. For the past 3 years, he has been an independent management and business consultant serving various private enterprises in the Phoenix area.
Nancy Hanks is a provocateur/ pundit/ organizer and long-time activist in the independent political movement “who’s done it all: petitioning to put independent candidates on the ballot from New York to Texas and points east, west, north and south; fundraising for the independent think tank, the Committee for a Unified Independent Party (CUIP), and its online counterpart, IndependentVoting.org ; running as an independent for New York City Council from Queens, New York City’s most diverse borough; serving as the current Treasurer of the Queens County Committee of the Independence Party of New York (of the IP NYC Organizations ); conducting research for the Neo-Independent , a magazine that addresses the concerns of independent voters. Her blog, The Hankster, is a news source for independent voters that got up and running in April, 2006, and is now the country’s preeminent independent political blog. Its boast: “All the news that gives the parties fits!”
D. R. Welch works for the Department of Transportation in a southern state. He graduated a southern land grant college with a degree in civil engineering. He worked for local government for a few years out of college then was an employee/stockholder and branch manager for a mid-sized engineering firm for 10 years. Having been a cost center at the firm, he is too familiar with making payroll and delivering an acceptable rate of return for stockholders. Six years ago he returned to public service. He has written several unpublished novels and frequently blogs.
He loves the practice of geotechnical and environmental engineering and frequently says, “I never got over building roads, dams and bridges in the sand box.” In the practice of environmental engineering he has learned to balance good stewardship with commerce. “There are not always easy right and wrong answers when it comes to environmental engineering. There are only gray areas in which we may coexist,” he says. On infrastructure, Welch tells us we are borrowing from our children not unlike the national debt. “Parents have to know neglecting maintenance today will cost their children ten times in the future. At some point we will just have to stop building new highways and adding lanes to maintain what we have,” he says. Mr. Welch loves the term “militant moderate.”
He believes only lazy people look for labels and ideology to decide an issue. “The Constitution, a document which delicately balances the hopes and fears of a people, were in Congress today, it wouldn’t even make it out of committee,” he says. “Moderates, compromisers and deal makers made this country and it is their destiny to keep the right and left from tearing it apart.” Welch is known for asking someone, “why do you feel that way or on what basis have you made your decision?” If he hears party talking points, even when he agrees, he relentlessly pursues the speaker’s justification until the person really understands the question and the answer.
Sean McElwee graduated from The King’s College with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics in 2013. While attending King’s he was a writer for the Empire State Tribune and a columnist for The Lewis Review. He splits his time between New York City and Connecticut. During his time in college he interned for Fox Business News, CBS News and the Reason Foundation. He is interested in everything and rejects all ideological labels preferring what Plato called the “golden mean” – the center between two extremes. His pieces have been published in The Day and The Norwich Bulletin and on WashingtonMonthly.com and Reason.com.
Michael Grant is a journalist, educator and author living in La Mesa, CA, a suburb of San Diego. He is a native of Abilene, Texas, a graduate of Stanford University, and an Army veteran. In journalism since 1969, he has been a reporter, a sports writer, an editor, a feature writer, and a columnist. He was at The San Diego Union for 20 years and in 1990 began teaching journalism and media communications at Grossmont Community College near San Diego. He is the author of five books (including a cookbook), the latest being “Warbirds – How They Played the Game,” published in 2004. In September, 2007, he and his wife, Karen, founded The Write Outsource, an online writing services company. He also maintains his own blog at www.michaelgrant.com/blog.
Elyas Bakhtiari is a writer and editor living in Boston, Massachusetts. He covers the healthcare industry for HealthLeaders Media and blogs about politics and policy at Ablogistan. Before moving to Boston he lived in San Antonio, Texas, where he studied Sociology and Political Science at Trinity University and worked briefly for the San Antonio Current covering local and state politics. Although politically left-of-center, he has lived in some of the most conservative and the most liberal areas of the United States and values moderate, reasoned discourse. With a father who immigrated from Afghanistan and a mother born in blue-collar Indiana, his unique upbringing in rural Tennessee has given him a one-of-a-kind perspective on politics and world affairs, particularly in the last few years.
Greg Piper is the co-founder of Cultural Imperialist, a forum for satirical debate on the cultural and political inanities of the day. He covered the public policy interests of the Internet industry for five years as a journalist in Washington, DC, before moving to Seattle in the summer of 2010, where he continues to freelance and consider jumping to the dark side. Greg helped found PUNCH, an independent newspaper at Seattle Pacific University, where he graduated with a degree in political science in 2001. He has blogged since 2002.
Dorji Badma is the pen name of a journalist currently living in exile from Tengri. Writing mainly editorials about cultural movements both large and small, the emphasis is on many points of view. Having a father who immigrated from the Urals and a mother who immigrated from the Carpathians brings insight from times past, hopefully, about the older roots of many modern matters.
Cliff Benston is a graduate of NYU’s MFA fiction program and currently lives in New York.
Jill Miller Zimon is an award-winning freelance writer, editor and political blogger. She participates as a regional roundtable panelist for Cleveland public radio and television. She provides commentary and presentations to groups on the intersection of blogging, new media, journalism and politics. She was one of four Ohio bloggers in the now defunct Plain Dealer/cleveland.com blog experiment, Wide Open (blog.cleveland.com/wideopen). Zimon’s blog, Writes Like She Talks (www.writeslikeshetalks.com), has consistently ranked in the top 10 of all Ohio political blogs. Zimon also writes a bi-monthly column for Cleveland Family magazine. Her features, op-eds and essays have been published in The Plain Dealer, Sun News papers, Writer’s Digest, Quill, and other print and online markets. 2004-06, she covered Euclid High School’s transition into six small schools for KnowledgeWorks Foundation, an implementing agency for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s education reform programs.
For eight years prior to her journalism career, Zimon used her joint degree in law and social work (Case Western Reserve University) at a large children and family mental health agency. Zimon is a New England native and has a joint bachelors degree in government and sociology from Georgetown University. Other experiences of which Zimon is most proud include her work in the U.S. Department of Justice, an internship on Capitol Hill, living and traveling alone overseas, working in an Ivy League college’s development office and performing clinical assessment for juvenile court cases. She has lived in Northern Ohio for nearly 20 years.
Holly Robinson AKA Holly in Cincinnati AKA Helaine K. Robinson CSI CCS CCCA SCIP is a freelance writer, editor and proofreader with more than 25 years of experience in the commercial/institutional design and construction industry. A Jewish lesbian feminist, she serves on 3 non-profit boards while engaging in political and social activism, web design, freelance do-gooding and constructive trouble-making. You may contact Holly at hollyrob19[at]gmail.com
Michael Stickings (Assistant Editor) is a senior policy adviser, Democratic Institutions, Cabinet Office, of the Government of Ontario, Canada. He did his B.A. at Tufts University before heading to Toronto to pursue graduate studies in political science and medieval studies. He is on leave from the University of Toronto, where he is a Ph.D. candidate in political science. His academic focus is the history of political philosophy, and his dissertation research examines the political thought of Matthew Arnold within the context of modern liberalism. He occasionally describes himself as a liberal Straussian. Michael is the founder and editor of The Reaction, a liberal group blog on politics, philosophy, science, and culture. He was a featured blogger at John Edwards One America Committee Blog and has been a guest blogger at The Carpetbagger Report. Aside from politics and blogging, his interests include writing and reading fiction, history, film, art history, Japanese culture, Pink Floyd, and fantasy sports. He loves the Montreal Canadiens and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He lives and works in Toronto and spends as much time as possible in England and Prince Edward Island.