D. Allan Kerr

D. Allan Kerr is an ex-dockworker, former newspaperman and U.S. Navy veteran living in Kittery, Maine.

Read his posts on Sloth Blog

D. Allan Kerr’s Politics

D. Allan Kerr’s History

He is also the author of…

Silent Strength: Remembering the Men of Genius and Adventure Lost in the World’s Worst Submarine Disaster

22 thoughts on “D. Allan Kerr

  1. Laurel says:

    Nice opinion article in the Exeter Newsletter. I do believe, however, that you have exaggerated Hillary’s supposed opinion of Kelly Ayotte. Kelly just dropped Trump after the video. Up until then he was a “role model” for children. She (Kelly) would have scored many more points if she had been brave enough to withdraw her support months ago as other republicans have done. Also, Hillary would not be too excited about a woman who votes against funding Planned Parenthood.
    Thank you for listening.


  2. D. says:

    I had my frustrations with Kelly as well, but she did forcefully call out Trump even prior to the video, most notably regarding his attacks on the Khan family. I don’t take bucking one’s party lightly — it really is a pretty bold move, where you can be accused of disloyalty on one side and still have the other side say it’s still not enough. You don’t often see NH’s Democratic officials taking these kinds of stands against THEIR party ……..


  3. Emmay says:

    Your column today (1/22/17) in Seacoast Sunday is one of the most powerful and beautiful columns I’ve read, and a great homage to John Lewis. Thank you.


  4. Steve Mattson says:

    My dad , George Mattson, passed away last month at 91. He was USN , WW2. He was a test engineer at PNSY and worked on the Thresher, and went on one of her initial test cruises. He and two of his test crew were originally slated to go on that fateful trip… but last minute changes cut the three down to one who could go. They drew lots, as all wanted to go out. His co worker and friend, Dick Fisher won. I was only 12 when the Thresher went down, but remember how upset dad was…. I don’t think part of him ever got over it. I remember him saying that when ever he heard the Navy hymn, he thought of the Thresher. The day dad passed, I said he was now on the Thresher, in the galley, drinking coffee with Dick and catching up… Thanks for your article on the Thresher. We remember.


  5. Marion Goodwin says:

    Thank you for the history lesson. My father was Navy at the time of Pearl Harbor bombing. My husbands father was on a ship in the Bataan at the time of the Japanese Surrender. He was on board when they signed the surrender. My husbands gr,gr,gr grandfather was Zachary Taylor, the 12 th President of the United States. He was in the Army for 40 years prior to becoming president. My brothers were serving during Vietnam times. My daughter is retired from The Army. Love reading about our history and the men ans women that have served. They they all be blessed. 🙏🏻🇺🇸


  6. Mark Schlieper says:

    Hillary Clinton was a terrible candidate, she lost and you cannot get over it. Please read NYT columnist Maureen Dowd’s book about the race to be Potus between HC and DT. Bill and Hill have left a snail trail of disgraceful behavior in their wake. What did Hill call Monica, “a little bit nutty and a little bit slutty”? There is a reason Trump got elected: He is not really a republican and he is not a liberal progressive. He is a non-politician swamp drainer, a disrupter. His election just kills guys like you and Chris Cuomo, Chris Mathews, et al. The next time you fly to the west coast from Boston, try to imagine all those Trump voters in those fly over states and perhaps think how the USA can shrink the 20 TRILLION DOLLAR DEBT we are in.


  7. Anonymous says:

    O Mark, you could not be more incorrect. I’m actually thrilled that Chicken Liar has to back his big talk, which he did not count on. Any idiot can be a disrupter and throw rocks from the outside — it takes a leader to be President.

    And if you consider what he’s done swamp-draining, and you really think this $20 trillion debt is going to shrink under this presidency, you deserve the disappointments coming your way.


  8. please purge the world of people like D.ALLAN KERR says:

    This author is a moron. He obviously leans the wrong way when deciding what is right and what is wrong. The country is full people like him who do not deserve the space written here. I could use stronger words here but the “D.ALLAN KERRS” of the world dont get it. Liberals are what they are always negative about everything. He would make a very good “mate” for Rachel Maddow. Probably loves the Shumurs, Pelosis, and other such despicable people who were elected to help run this country. Give Trump a chance to purge this country of the D. ALLAN KERRS. He is what is wrong with this country drain the swamp of misguided idiot liberals now.


  9. slothonline says:

    Dear Right-Wing Commenter,

    Thanks very much for your previous post, and by that I mean thanks for proving a point. Your insult deriding Mr. Kerr as a “moron,” followed by a block of typos, misspellings, and calls for some sort of authoritarian, Tsarist “purge” by the president, prove that Mr. Trump’s position is beholden to the limited mental powers of many like yourself.

    You note that you could use stronger words, and I appreciate that you did not, because then I would have had to take down your comment for the sake of civility. Yet, unlike the narrow understanding of freedom displayed by your claim that Mr. Kerr does “not deserve the space written here” – still wondering how to write a space, but anyway – we here at the Sloth Blog wholeheartedly believe in the greatest gift bestowed by the founders of our proud nation: freedom of speech. Therefore, your comments stand for all to see. Not only because we believe that all people “deserve” the opportunity for free speech, no matter how moronic, but also because a dim bulb scribbling a post such as yours only highlights how Mr. Kerr is both astute and accurate in the majority of points he makes in his column.

    D. Allan Kerr has, and will continue to receive, our full support.

    – The Editor


  10. Stingray says:

    Donald Trump is what happens when people don’t understand their own history and their own government and rely on too much sound bite television for perspective. Dissatisfaction with Washington’s performance is understandable. Voting for the anti-candidate who rants makes one feel better but throws into office the worst possible choice. The people have voted against their own best interests. There will be a long trail of broken promises. The result is confusion and chaos and there will be much more in the next 44 months.

    Donald Trump is an ignorant, arrogant, self-absorbed, misogynist, racist, historically-obtuse, constitutionally-illiterate, mean, mean-spirited, narcissist. He’s a pathological liar and a bully who: cozies up to our worst adversary; admires dictators; insults our most valuable allies and neighbors; demeans the very institutions that have helped keep ours a free society for 241 years; and cannot express himself in complete sentences. He is totally unprepared for and completely unqualified to be President and Commander-in-Chief. He demands regal fealty but loyalty is a one-way street. He is incapable of introspection and cannot take responsibility for anything, i.e., “I didn’t lose him. The generals did.” Staffers who defend him get thrown under the bus the next day.

    President of the United States is no place for on-the-job training. Ranting on Twitter is not governing. Instead of dealing with the many issues confronting this great nation Washington is consumed with a continuing string of self-created scandals and the tremendous effort needed to conceal the truth — whatever it is. “Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son”, as Dean Wormer said. Two out of three is pretty bad when you’re supposed to be the Leader of the Free World. He is, instead, Putin’s “useful idiot” and laughing stock around the world. Funny it isn’t. It’s sad and it’s dangerous.


  11. Carin Future says:

    The 1973 War Powers Resolution (WPR) is an irrelevant piece of legislation, because in order to fundamentally change the US Constitution, as the WPR sought to do by transferring ANY of Congress’ sole war power and authority from the Legislative branch to the Executive branch. a 2/3 or 66.7% vote is needed in both the House and the Senate, BUT the House vote was only 64.7% (284/439), 9 votes short of the 293/439 needed…bottom line: The WPR failed by 2% to fundamentally change the US Constitution, and ALL war power authority remains safely stowed with the Congress of We The People; the President has absolutely no war power authority at any time under any conditions whatsoever to commit ANY actos of war of any kind (missiles, Moab, etc).

    Houston, we have a problem…


  12. Jim says:


    Read your op-ed on fosters.com and very much appreciated your balanced and intelligent perspective on the whole confederate statue issue. You are a real American.


  13. Mary says:

    I just reread your Sunday,1/8/17 column again and after watching the final episode of The Vietnam War, I needed to feel some Grace. Thank you for your thoughtful and moving column…I miss his class and Grace, too.


  14. Al says:

    You need to do your homework on Kerry’s loss of part of his leg. Medical records authored by thr attending corpsman indicate the wound was sutured treated with antibacterial cream and he returned to duty same day.
    You comment that he lost part of his leg indicates your continued lack of objectivity and credibility.
    There is plenty of sleaze on both sides without making things up



    1. D Allan Kerr says:

      I missed this previous reply from “Al” who I believe is thinking of former Sen. John Kerry, who indeed did not lose part of his leg in Vietnam. But I was referring to former Sen. Bob Kerrey, who did indeed have to have his leg amputated due to combat wounds and certainly was NOT “returned to duty the same day” since part of his leg was blown off. Such is the stupidity of people who shoot off their mouths with no idea what they’re talking about.


  15. Chris Williams says:

    I wanted to take the time to thank you for something you never knew you did nearly 20 years ago. Your words helped keep me grounded and feel connected to the seacoast through multiple deployments and time away from home. I began reading your column/ op-ed during the several years that I lived in Kittery but followed your writing along with the news and politics for years afterwards in hopes of returning. I recently retired from the Navy after 24 years, and while I now live in a slightly warner climate, I still have much love for the beauty of the Granite and Pine Tree Coasts.


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