Commentary & Opinion

Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Keith Strudler: Jump To Pros Differs Among NCAA Sports

This story should sound familiar. A 17-year old high school senior is a dominant athlete, so good they could play pro right now. Only there’s this college thing that’s looming next fall. And everyone’s talking about which university you’ll compete for to help win a national championship, playing for a scholarship instead of the actual cash a free market might command.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Herb London: The Differences In American Social Classes

For the new class of self-proclaimed progressives there is a tale of two cities, one privileged and one underprivileged. This dichotomous model comes right out of the Marxist playbook. However, despite its simplicity and repudiation of human nature, it continues to have appeal as President Obama and Mayor Bill de Blasio can attest.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Other Civilizations Disappeared But What of Ours?

At Persepolis, stone carvings bear witness to tribute paid to Persian kings by other great rulers and former empires. Iran was once a great breadbasket of the world. But the Greeks stopped their advance and much of Iran is now a desert. But not America.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Paul Elisha: A Thumb In The Eye

Scientists tell us that the thumb is the most significant anatomical item in the history of human development… but this commentator takes issue.  Lacking the capacity for analysis and interpretation, humans would have inherited a useless anatomical advantage.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Blair Horner: The Fight Over Obamacare Continues

Last week the national buzz was about the latest crisis in the rollout of Obamacare.  As part of the President’s advocacy of his health care plan, the promise was made that Americans could keep their health insurance plan if they wanted it.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:19 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

David Nightingale: On Henry Cavendish (1731-1810)

Some refer to Cavendish as 'the man who weighed the earth', but it would be more accurate to describe him as a man who spent his life as a careful investigator in chemistry, heat and electricity.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Listener Essay: Remembering Bowe Bergdahl

This past Monday was Veteran’s Day and I have a quick question for you:

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Commentary & Opinion
3:59 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Supreme Poison: Adultery And States’ Rights

A week ago my students and I went to the U.S. Supreme Court and saw the argument in Bond v. United States.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Paul Elisha: War And Peace

There’s something strangely illusory in the approach (in less than a month) of the 69th  Anniversary of the end of WWII.  For those of us in the inexorably dwindling number of veterans in this category, there are the unsettling news stories of the “Right-Wing surge in Europe,” and the seemingly continuing inability of former allies (This nation included) to achieve peaceful resolutions to still volatile and incendiary ignitions.  These are dramatically fuelled by the wars and continuing intolerance of nations, still at odds over the seeming inequities that defy our abilities to analyze and end them.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Blair Horner: Lessons From New York's Casino Vote

Election Day was a big one for the governor and other supporters of adding casinos in New York State.  The proposition, which passed with 57% of the vote, will mean New York will add up to seven casinos in a state that already has nine racetracks with video-lottery terminals and five casinos located on Native America reservations.

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