Karl WInkler

Perspective: Entitled

Aug 18, 2020
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Recently I took my car to the dealership for service. The entry door was posted: “Face covering required.” Just after I sat down in the waiting room, I heard a loud stentorian voice say:

“Where was the sign that said no one in a yellow shirt has to wear a face mask?”

I was in a yellow shirt. But my mask was up and over mouth and nose.  I looked in the direction of the voice. A 20-something young man wearing a yellow shirt got up and hustled toward the door to the exterior. He was asked again by a man he had to pass to get out the door: “Getting the sign out, huh?”

Perspective: The Lost Art Of Reading A Map

Jul 2, 2020

Maps have defined my knowledge of the universe around me: road maps for driving, contour maps defining territory for army maneuvers, sectional charts for flying airplanes along designated paths to keep the planes separated, and solar and stellar maps to orient directions on sea or land. A peopled, inhabited, built up terrain.

I speak the language of maps. I know their origins and their references.

Perspective: Virus Vs. US

May 13, 2020
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The iron lung. I first saw one in the newsreel at a Saturday matinee. A young boy was encased in a cylinder like a silo on its side. His head rested on a pillow. A mirror hovered above his eyes so he could see the room behind him. The contraption breathed for him. He was there as long as he lived. Polio -- the scourge virus of our time. Damaging our nervous systems, withering limbs, taking our breath. Silently waiting a new host. Lurking in contaminated food or water or contact with an affected person. I feared polio: wasting away in a hollow chamber.

Perspective: Ready For 'Real ID?'

Dec 31, 2019
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A “Real ID” will be required in October 2020 to get into federal buildings, onto commercial aircraft, admitted to nuclear plants, and for any “official purpose” as defined and required by the Secretary of Homeland Security.

Perspective: Principles

Jul 18, 2019
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Listening to NPR’s interviews of citizens after the Mueller Report was unveiled, I was struck by the statement of an older woman. She was adamant that President Trump was a “despicable man.” But she would probably vote for him for President this time. Her excuse was that things were going well. People had jobs, the economy was booming, things seemed to be going in the right direction. 


Perspective: An Argument Against Impeachment

Jun 4, 2019
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In first year criminal law classes we learn there are two kinds of crimes: malum in se and malum prohibitum: bad in itself and bad because prohibited. Malum in se crimes are inherently immoral. Murder, arson, rape are examples. They all envision direct action by a person harming a person.

The vast amount of malum prohibitum crimes are crimes merely because they are prohibited by statute. The act itself is rarely immoral.  These are what I call paperwork crimes: e.g. not filing a tax return, not having a license, or jay-walking.

Perspective: Deja Vu

May 7, 2019
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In November 1963, I was told by the Dean of my college that Governor George Wallace of Alabama had requested a meeting with “his boys” from Alabama. My parents had recently moved to Alabama from Illinois. This meeting was days before President Kennedy was assassinated.

Wallace had just been elected governor with the pledge: “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever.” He was starting a third party run for President.

Perspective: Walls

Feb 12, 2019



Robert Frost’s neighbor told him “Good fences make good neighbours,” as they walked, each on his side of the wall, replacing the winter damaged stones. 

Perspective: Your Money Or Your Life?

Nov 28, 2018

In February, the National Economic Council produced a “whitepaper” on prescription drug costs.  I was especially struck by their justification for the sky rocketing cost of prescription drugs.

They argue that any price for a new drug is correct because “a longer life could not be bought at any price and is priceless.”  Therefore, the new drug reduces the price of “a longer and healthier life” to the price set by the Seller.

The logical syllogism asserted is:

With no available drug the “price of health” is “incalculable”;

Who Belongs On The Supreme Court?

Oct 3, 2018

The Supreme Court stands between the citizens and an oppressive government. It is the enforcer of the Bill of Rights. The citizens who drafted the Constitution knew from their experience with King George that they had to spell out the limits of government power.

The present nomination debacle led me to check my vague notion that only Harvard and Yale law grads were appointed to the Supreme Court.

Karl Winkler

Oct 3, 2018

Variety is the spice of life for this Dartmouth College graduate from a high school class of 67 people. 

He’s an airplane pilot, scuba certified, fly fisherman with a four sport background. He found law school a perfect fit for his English Literature - creative writing major. As a general practitioner emphasizing trial work of all kinds, he views trial work as a drama -- telling a story within the confines of the law and facts of the case.