My son recently asked, “Dad, how do you fall in love?” I thought for a moment (noticing my wife looking up from her book) and explained I didn’t know exactly but believed it started with a smile or a laugh.
After a surreal television moment, one thing everyone should agree on is that the nation needs to get past Ferguson. In the parlance of the brief stillpoint of optimism that followed the midterm elections, common ground must be found. And mutual trust.
Anyone can say anything about another on social media, even charge rape, and it’s extremely hard to recover from the effects. It isn’t just Cosby’s hide here; it’s everyone’s. This intersection of freedom and responsibility has rarely been so vivid and presents new challenges to the personal moral code that undergirds our legal system.
This is the time of year when high school seniors apply to college — and when I get lots of mail about whether college is worth the cost. The answer is unequivocally “yes,” but with one big qualification.
The shooting in Cleveland of 12-year-old Tamir Price as he was carrying a fake gun is another reminder that police everywhere are challenged, far more than ever, to make sure they are following proper procedures before pulling their weapons, squeezing the trigger and possible killing innocent victims.
Native Americans helped make possible the first Thanksgiving Day feast. Of course there was no talk of building walls to keep out immigrants or political wrangling with a president over any executive order to enable 5 million undocumented newcomers to stay.
A lot of progress has occurred, but the anger and violent eruption in Ferguson shows the hope for an inclusive America is still a dream. Voter suppression and racial profiling remain problems, schools and communities are grossly segregated and unequal, and black joblessness is twice the national average.
How do you destroy decades of goodwill built up between your organization and the city you depend on to love you back? Through brute arrogance that serves no one well. That’s where we are today with the American Royal.
These allegations do not “tarnish” his legacy. If true, they become his legacy, reducing to a distant second all his achievements, all those aspirational lectures about values, all those doors he opened and laughter he earned.
President Barack Obama on Monday will take the long-overdue step to posthumously award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to three civil rights workers who were killed 50 years ago in Mississippi by Ku Klux Klansmen.
The climate agreement recently announced in Beijing between Barack Obama and Xi Jinping, in which China promised for the first time to cap carbon emissions, would be not just economic suicide for the United States but economic suicide without purpose.
"“Government employees produce nothing. They’re a net consumer," Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick recently said of state employees. Op-ed columnist Steve Rose writes: "I have little doubt Ray Merrick thinks state government is too big and can be shrunk further. But I do not believe Merrick is as callous as he came across in the newspaper interview."