About me

TomPortraitCorrected-600-wideTommentary houses the online commentary of me, Everyday American Tom Barrella. Some background: In the 1980s I had the benefit of co-founding and growing the retail automation corporation Radiant Systems. It went public in 1997 and was subsequently purchased by NCR in 2011.

For the last decade and a half I’ve been an educator, finding a home at my alma mater, the highly regarded Syosset High School. Being around sharp teenagers who are eager to learn is an incredibly challenging and rewarding experience. At a recent Parent Teacher Conference a parent leaned forward and offered:

All teachers educate. Fewer inform. A rare few influence. You influence.

I’m establishing an on-line presence because the world has become unhinged. It’s finally become too difficult to resist chiming in. Hysterical partisans and demagogues litter the landscape. When they don’t drown each other out they’re busy confusing, misleading and conflating, by design. It’s a sad state of affairs where an American wanting to become an informed citizen stands an excellent chance of giving up in disgust.

If there’s something I hope visitors get from their time invested here it’s a rational, unhysterical and broader understanding of the issues of the day. I will warn you that while I will try my hardest to address all the issues straight-up, sarcasm is likely to slip through.