Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Posted November 26, 2015

While a few members of my extended family celebrate Thanksgiving as a prelude to the sales that follow Thanksgiving, I think of it as the day before the turkey leftovers.

Posted November 19, 2015

When terrible events happen, leaders address the safety concerns of their communities, and then reach out to various factions to ensure a solution is reached.

Posted November 12, 2015

This week we celebrate Veterans Day, a day of appreciation and gratitude for all who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

Posted November 05, 2015

Last Thursday, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin was elected speaker of the House. At 45, he is the youngest person to get that job -- other than the only younger speaker, James G. Blaine, who was elected in 1869 when he was 39.

Posted October 29, 2015

n October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland, who proclaimed at that time, "We will not forget that Liberty has made her home here, nor shall her chosen altar be neglected. ... A stream of light shall pierce the darkness of ignorance and man's oppression until Liberty enlightens the world."

Posted October 22, 2015

According to Gallup, only 14 percent of Americans approve of the way Congress is handling its job. Does the problem lie within the issues or the process?

Posted October 15, 2015

Posted October 08, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the original heir apparent to her party's nomination, has been plagued by continuing and continual questions regarding her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.

Posted October 01, 2015

Several recent events might lead average Americans to throw up their hands in regards to politics, and possibly want to shut down Washington themselves.

Posted September 23, 2015

When I was growing up, my mother ran carpool in our family's red 1969 Volkswagen Beetle. As the youngest, at age 5, I rode in the "back back," the small space behind the second seat that was intended not for people, but for packages or groceries. I shared this sliver of room with my neighbor, Bobby, who was a year older. The front seat was reserved for older siblings -- Bobby's brother Andy, whose French horn was stashed in the front trunk. I can't remember where my sister Kathy put her trombone. But somehow, my mother fit in five kids (including Susie, sister to Andy and Bobby) and the two instruments. Suffice it to say we were close.

Posted September 17, 2015

While millions of people are expected to watch the second Republican debate this week on CNN, the first Democratic debate will not be held until next month on Oct. 13. With only two top-tier candidates on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the potential entrance of Vice President Joe Biden is on everyone's mind -- on both sides of the aisle.

Posted September 10, 2015

Hillary Clinton, the presumed Democratic nominee for the 2016 election, has, based on her interviews this past week with NBC's Andrea Mitchell and ABC's David Muir, "evolved" regarding her answers to questions about her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.

Posted September 03, 2015

If you believe your emails, texts, Facebook postings and Internet activity are secure, then you live in Never Never Land, a world where boys never grow up and fairies fly through the air. Should commercial Internet transactions be secure, as they promise to be when you sign up? Yes. But "should be" does not security make.

Posted August 27, 2015

Pollster Frank Luntz conducted a 29-person focus group of Trump supporters this past Monday.

Posted August 20, 2015

Hillary Clinton, the presumed Democratic nominee for the 2016 election, appears to be growing weary of answering, or not answering fully, questions about her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.

Posted August 13, 2015

While the Republican National Committee might have limited the number of debates in this season's primary process, the candidates' performances during the first debate ensured that they would still carry great weight. With Donald Trump as the current leader of the field, this might be considered the first reality-TV primary.

Posted August 05, 2015

The unofficial start to the Republican primary process is slated for this Thursday

Posted July 30, 2015

This week, our youngest child, Robert, is turning 14. His sister, Maggie, is two years older. Gone are the days when my husband and I were parents of toddlers, preschoolers or elementary school children.

Posted July 23, 2015

In this complex technical environment in which we live, those who expose weaknesses are providing a real service to our privacy and safety.

Posted July 16, 2015

The dog days are popularly believed to be a time of agitation and unruly behavior. This past week's news stories provide a glimpse into current sources of high levels of agitation.