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Gerald D. Skoning
by | Dec 4, 2017

Holiday wreaths being hung in October? Santa Claus making appearances in November? Christmas music before Thanksgiving? Enough! I think we need a new federal law to rein in the expanding duration and outlandish excesses of the Christmas holiday season. Now, critics…

by | Nov 2, 2017

Astronomers recently announced that they had seen and heard a pair of neutron stars collide, giving scientists a glimpse of the violent process by which most heavy metals in the universe were created. Neutron stars are the smallest in the…

by | Oct 20, 2017

As the national media spotlight continues to glare on Harvey Weinstein’s arrogant and shameful sexual misconduct (and possible criminal assault) and the “me too” social media campaign demonstrates the grotesque depth of the problem nationwide, a variety of questions swirl…

by | Oct 13, 2017

Ken Burns’ riveting documentary on the war in Vietnam stirred emotions and brought back haunting memories of a dark slice of our long national nightmare. One aspect of the war that received only passing coverage was the massive air war…

by | Sep 25, 2017

Images on the evening news in recent weeks, have been gut-wrenchingly sad. When Hurricane Harvey roared into Texas, flooding much of Houston and surrounding communities, my heart was broken to see refugees huddled in horror in shelters and evacuation centers….

by | Sep 6, 2017

President Trump recently vowed that North Korea’s threats of nuclear war “will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which the world has never seen before.” In response, North Korea fired back with a threat of its…

by | Aug 27, 2017

According to a Navy version of gallows humor, “A collision at sea can ruin your whole day.” Well, a corollary to that quip might be, “A series of collisions at sea can sink a fleet admiral’s career.” The commander of…

by | Aug 23, 2017

It was a day to remember and treasure for the ages. The path of solar eclipse “totality” ran across our nation from northwest Oregon to southeast South Carolina with multitudes gathered along the route to mark the occasion. Some were…

by | Aug 16, 2017

Thousands of astronomy buffs and amateur stargazers are spending thousands of dollars for the once in a lifetime opportunity to see a total eclipse of the sun. Unfortunately, there are no money back guarantees in astronomy and many may be…

by | Jul 31, 2017

The U.S. Navy and my alma mater Princeton University seem to be hell-bent on joining a national campaign on emasculation. Maybe I’m wrong, but the signs are really ominous. The newly commissioned nuclear aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN…

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