Entries by Fred Wooden

Fred Wooden on Immigration

“Democrats believe immigration is not just a problem to be solved, it is a defining aspect of the American character and our shared history.”  Amen! But we have often been divided about immigration. We have barred and banned nations and regions, often on racial prejudices. Two reasons explain why many migrate into the US unofficially: […]

Fred Wooden On Gun Violence

Over 33,000 people a year die from gun violence in America: 1000 times more than the soldiers who died in combat in 2017, 500 times as many police officers who died from gunfire in 2017. Surely we can do better.

The Business of Politics

If you asked me what has made politics so bad in the last twenty years, I would answer, the “Business of Politics.” Once you’re a candidate, it finds you:  I get email from direct mail firms, job requests from field managers, questionnaires from PACS, and this morning a pamphlet from a cable company about how […]

John Lennon and Love over Fear

While working on this week’s sermon, and pondering why we seem so divided these days, I stumbled, by accident or grace, upon these words from John Lennon: “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that […]

Why I am a candidate

I should have written this six weeks ago when I announced my candidacy, but better late than never, right? Why I am a candidate. That came up in spades this week when someone I was meeting, a man of some local repute, asked me “What are the top three issues as you see them?” I […]