Mrs. Lee Porter: Effects of Housing Discrimination

From victim to victor: Mrs. Lee Porter is affectionately known as the “Mother of Fair Housing”. She will discuss the effect on society of discrimination in housing. What do we believe in? Political figures aside, we’ll consider our own policy prescriptions for government and how they’re
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So Long, Scalia

I must confess my first reaction when I heard of Justice Scalia’s death. I was just happy, happy that he could no longer get in the way of the rights of my gay or female or non-white friends. Out of the way! I smiled. My second feeling was guilt. What kind of person celebrates the […]
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A Gaffe About Gaffes

by Ed Gross We’ve all been hearing a lot recently about gaffes committed by Republican presidential candidates. If I say that gaffe is the wrong word to describe most of them, you’ll say I’m just a fussy former English major. Okay, you got me. Yet, in this case there’s a very important distinction I’d like […]
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The Quality of Candidate is Much Strained

By Ed Gross Although you might not guess it if you’ve read other columns of mine, I like nothing better than to make people laugh. I love humor of all kinds. I enjoy Andy Borowitz’s fake news columns and I’m an avid reader of Tom Toles’ political cartoons in the Washing ton Post. So I […]
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Political Leadership and American Ideals

The presidential campaign of 2008 is proving to be the most exhilarating political event within memory. Most eye-catching and inspiring is, of course, the Democratic side, with the inevitability that either a woman or an African-American will be the presidential nominee. It’s a novel, surprising, if not
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The Realm of Faith and the Realm of Politics

The humorist, Will Rogers, once said that “Nothing changes like the past.” And he was assuredly right. Those who interpret history cannot avoid injecting their own values and interests into their interpretations. And if they are politically invested, which they inevitably are, those interpretations of history will
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The Politics of Fear and the Dulling of the American Mind

By Dr. Joe Chuman Referring to the prerequisites of a free society, Thomas Jefferson in 1820 wrote the following. “I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the people but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy
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