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Nickel prophets are a dime a dozen

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"Be still and know that I am God." -- Psalms 46:10

It's an admonition some of us struggle to obey.

Indeed, some of God's self-appointed spokespersons seem to find it especially difficult. Thus, before the first raindrop fell, the first palm tree bowed, or the first transformer blew, they came out to tell us what He meant by pointing a monster ...Read more

Nothing to see here, say climate deniers

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Katia and Jose? Seriously?

As if it were not bad enough that Houston is still drying out from Hurricane Harvey and South Florida is hunkered down in the face of Hurricane Irma, last week found the newly formed hurricanes Katia and Jose, respectively spinning in the Gulf of Mexico and whirling west across the Atlantic. We face multiple, ...Read more

America, a land of liberty and justice for some

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Steve Loomis is angry.

Loomis, the head of Cleveland's police union, is using words like "hypocritical," "ignorant," and "offensive," and you might, for a wishful second, convince yourself he's talking about that day in 2014 when two Cleveland police skidded to a stop in front of a 12-year-old black boy playing with a toy gun in a park and ...Read more

Alan Gratz's novel 'Refugee' demands your humanity

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

" 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'

"He will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.' " -- Matthew 25:44-45

They are the least of these.

They are women without faces, men without voices, ...Read more

Hurricane Harvey brings Houston together

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

It seems like it always takes a disaster.

Twenty-five years ago this month, that disaster was Andrew, a hurricane that devastated a large swath of South Florida, including the house in whose master bedroom closet I sheltered through the night with my wife and five kids. The storm took our roof and our possessions. It left us effectively ...Read more

The day Marcellus Williams didn't die

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Last week, on the day he was scheduled to die, Marcellus Williams didn't.

Just hours before he was to be strapped down and pumped full of poison, Williams, the convicted killer of Felicia "Lisha" Gayle, a former reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, received a reprieve. Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens stayed the execution and announced ...Read more

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