Whenever I write a column putting my own spin on the abbreviation “USA”, I often proffer that it actually stands for (the) “United States of Amnesia”. This leads -at times- to responses from some readers who claim that I am being disrespectful towards the country in which I have been residing for the past forty-three consecutive years. They are wrong.
This column is written in the memory of Mr. Maurice Gumbs who passed away a few years ago. He was a friend, “big-brother”, mentor, and a harsh critic of mine (at times). Long before the advent of political blogging on the internet, Maurice had started publishing a local newspaper in Brooklyn: the objective being to inform the public about the political happenings within the Brooklyn community and the city at large. May he rest in peace.