Naro News & Views
Naro News & Views
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This space features current and recent articles and posts by Naro co-owner Tench Phillips. Tench is a regular columnist for Veer Magazine where he often expands on subjects he is passionate about: social justice, environmental protection, and peace. This page will feature both his Veer columns and additional articles. Here is an archive link to past articles by Tench.
I grew up middle class in Norfolk, and by all measures of a less material society back in the fifties and sixties, I grew up privileged. My father was a successful self-made businessman who benefited from a rising standard of living and a growing military presence in...read more
At the time of the founding of the nation, political democracy in the U.S. was extremely limited. The root meaning of ‘democracy’ is rule by and for the people. But exactly who is included in the term ‘the people’? The founding fathers lived in an era when only white...read more
“I think it would be fun to run a newspaper.” – Orson Welles in ‘Citizen Kane’ The golden days of newspaper publishing are long gone – the era that was celebrated in the classic 1941 film ‘Citizen Kane’ whose character played by Orson Welles was based on newspaper...read more
Historical convention has painted the great American poet Emily Dickinson in the image of a modest, reclusive, old-fashioned spinster. But this characterization runs counter to the bold voice of her poems that defies categorization: "I'm Nobody," she states, "– who...read more
I’m indebted to Norfolk public schools for having provided me with 12 years of a quality education along with the scores of caring and committed teachers. I didn’t always appreciate what my community did for me in my youth but many people worked in partnership with my...read more
For many years now the Naro has shown environmental documentaries with a shared cautionary message – a warning that we are living in a new geological era brought upon ourselves by human activity. Climate disruption and global heating have changed the planet...read more
“In Hollywood, no one knows anything.” – William Goldman Is Hollywood liberal? The majority opinion held by Americans is most decidedly yes. On the upside, the industry seems to promote diversity, inclusiveness, secular values, and human rights of all genders and...read more
“Facts and the truth are not partisan. They are the bedrock of our democracy. And you are either with them, with us, with our Constitution, our history, and the future of the nation, or you are against it.” – Dan Rather, former anchor for CBS Evening News It’s been...read more
We love documentaries at the Naro. Our ‘New Non-Fiction Film’ series on Wednesday nights with speakers and discussion continues to gain popularity in the age of Trump. As we search for what’s wrong in our society that has given us such a dystopian nightmare, an...read more
Why do we humans care so much for certain living creatures and not so much for others? Obviously we care most about our closely related flesh and blood, followed by the ethnic groups we were born into. Our identification expands out to include our schools, churches,...read more