Commentary & Opinion

Commentary & Opinion
2:25 am
Sun June 1, 2014

My Meeting With Garrison

I recently had the real pleasure of spending some time at the WAMC studios with Garrison Keillor who is, of course, an immense star. He’s very tall and shows some wear and tear around the edges. He has tremendous intellect and he is sardonically funny.  As you know he has the “Writer’s Almanac” every day and I love the show, it’s so interesting; a little bit of history, a little bit of poetry and he always provokes thought. Every once in a while he likes to push the envelope and if it involves something naughty it can present radio problems for us but so far we’re still breathing. You know those poets, always crossing boundaries.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Herbert London: Understanding The Egyptian Military

For Americans, military matters are rarely considered. After all, without a draft, less than one-half of one percent of the nation has any direct involvement with military issues. The Congress is in a similar state largely unaware of military concerns as a Chinese wall has been erected between the military brass and the civilian leadership that makes decisions about its future.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:51 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Is Environmental Catastrophe Ringing From The Pulpit?

Let me lead with a question – Is the threat of environmental catastrophe ringing from every pulpit and ethical organization in the country? If not, why not? The Bible records many prophets and the price of ignoring them. Surely making clear the moral and religious imperative of preventing catastrophe is a basic function, a duty of the clergy.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Paul Elisha: Freedom and Religion

Those prejudiced political power brokers, now trying to hang a liturgical lock on this nation’s spiritual inception, as a Christian entity, had best beware of history’s recurrent habit of self-correction…much like proof that appears to be surfacing, now. For starters, let’s not forget the Native American tribes who were here, when the Holy-Roller "conversionists" first set out to "civilize" the “savages” who helped them survive the rigors of this untamed land, they’d come to conquer.  The Amerinds’ own religion taught them to respect and preserve what nature had provided but their fortune-hunting Christian conquerors were determined to despoil. One hesitates to contradict historic errors that have (for some) become part wish-prejudiced and nationally accepted misstatements…but when facts surface, despite repetition to the contrary, truthful contradiction must intercede, like it or not.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Sean Philpott: Alzheimer's Disease: A Forgotten Epidemic

We hosted a conference on Alzheimer's disease at the College last week, inviting a distinguished group of physicians, researchers, caregivers, advocates and policymakers to discuss the ethical and legal challenges of diagnosing and treating those with the disease.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:43 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Herbert London: The Grinding

There is a relentless driving sound in America. It is a pneumatic drill pounding away at the nation’s moral anchors. The mediating structures that maintained equilibrium are the targets.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: The Threat of Self-Styled Armed Militias

Some of us remember having to sign loyalty oaths. In the language of the U.S. Supreme Court, one had to swear that he or she had not “advocate[d] the overthrow of government by force, violence, or any unlawful means.”

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Paul Elisha: A Favorite Poem For Vets

In 1920, some fourteen years before she spoke these words to members of the U.S. Congress, Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote them at the start of the second part of her prize winning poetic masterpiece, “A Few Figs From Thistles.”  She had come to Washington, D.C , to urge Congressional support for legislation to give women equal rights with men in all facets of learning, earning and political determination, which they still lacked.  It’s taken eighty years since, for that deprivation to be successfully addressed and signed into law by our current President, Barack Obama.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Blair Horner: A Top Education Priority

The nation’s success hinges on the skills and knowledge of its people.   Over the past century, the United States had advanced to the world’s leading nation – in terms of technology, finance, and in the broad accessibility to education.  But in order to maintain its advantages in entrepreneurship, technological prowess and civic engagement, the nation must continue to invest in its future generations. 

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Commentary & Opinion
12:29 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Karen Magee: Tax Cap Undermines Democratic Ideals

School budget voting is supposed to remind us of our nation’s democratic ideals.

You know: Community members vote each May on their local school budgets and determine which candidates are best suited to serve on local school boards. 

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