My Thoughts Exactly: 2020 Honda CR-V

Honda struck pay dirt with the original CR-V back in 1997. It appeared that they found a good vehicle to lead the SUV charge for the brand. It is not to discredit the rebadged Isuzu Rodeo known as the Passport, but the original CR-V was the result of learning how to produce one that attracted the right customer with its capabilities and overall design.

Commentary: Life After #VOTY2020

V&R runs a December-to-November editorial calendar every year. It was designed to accommodate the #VOTY process. Since 2020 made things more interesting, the #VOTY was moved up to make room for more pressing issues in this country.

My Thoughts Exactly: 2021 Mazda CX-9

There is some truth to this. Consider how the first generation RX-7 became an icon by focusing their rotary engine development towards performance to engage with enthusiasts looking for something different in the marketplace. One could argue that the 626 had a sporty demeanor that could be seen as a 3-Series fighter – sort of.

Historiography: The Long Hard Climb of The Japanese Automobile in America

Translation: Japanese cars were thought of as cheap tin boxes that would never make it through a Minnesota winter. That was the mentality of the American consumer until the last couple of decades. It does help that several Japanese automakers set up shop building vehicles on our soil to change our collective minds.

#VOTY2020 – We Have a Winner…

The pandemic changed our routines, our timelines, and our work lives. Our homes became more than sanctuaries. Our awareness of our health has increased. Our politics became more stratified.

#VOTY2020 – A Voter's Guide to #Vote4VOTY

You’re probably glad you do not have to mail your vote in. Or, stand in line to vote early at your election office or city hall. Or, are probably nervous and anxious to get your vote over with.

#VOTY2020 – Here Are Your Finalists

The scores have been tabulated. The Media Panel has convened and given their input on the Long List of Nominees. There is only one last step to take: Your vote!

My Favorites From A Six-Year-Old's Perspective

The turn of the 1970s was a time of transition. It was clear that Richard Nixon wasn't going anywhere. His administration oversaw the first landing on the moon by human beings, but the escalating war in Vietnam dogged his leadership. In 1968, many thought Nixon was the peace candidate for President. He would end up sending more USA troops into Southeast Asia.