Over the past week, everything that can be said about gun violence has been said. It needs to be said again and again until this country no longer has a gun held to its head.
People die every day by firearms, about 33,000 a year. Gunshots aren't the biggest cause of death in our country, but they are one of the most preventable and senseless ...Read more
I've been to a therapist twice in my life. The first time was 36 years ago when I was 20, and mourning the recent death of my father. The grief was heavy and unrelenting. It was the first time I'd experienced a loss of this nature, and I wasn't prepared for its weight. The psychiatrist literally saved my life with his pragmatic, grandfatherly ...Read more
Drawing the boundary lines of legislative or congressional districts to provide an unfair advantage to one party is a practice with a long if not distinguished pedigree in American politics. The name for this process -- gerrymandering -- derives from Elbridge Gerry, a Massachusetts governor who in 1812 approved a redistricting plan that included...Read more
Supporters of gun rights are criticizing CNN over a "town hall" it held on gun control. By hosting it, CNN gave these conservatives a choice: Either stay away from the forum, and be attacked as a coward, or go, and be called a "murderer" to the applause of the crowd. Florida Governor Rick Scott chose the first option, National Rifle Association ...Read more
It is 2:38 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. I am at work when I receive a text from my son, Noah, a ninth-grader at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
"Dad, I think there is a shooter at the school I'm in." "I think it's real."
"How do you know it's real?" I ask, not knowing whether now is really the time for discerning inquiry...Read more
I'm used to it – the sympathetic look, the disbelieving head shake – when I tell someone I'm a high school teacher. "Teenagers!" a new acquaintance will say. "How do you stand them!"
Indeed, teenagers can be snarky. Surly. Mercurial. Short-sighted. Exasperating.
But they are also the very best people. Honest to a fault, generous-hearted ...Read more
Is this now what teachers must be in America: a thin chalk line separating students from violence and anarchy?
Like the thin blue line made by police officers and the thin red line made by firefighters, are teachers now meant to put their bodies and their lives on the line for those they serve, fully aware that they're also expected to protect ...Read more
In February 1968, CBS's Walter Cronkite -- popular anchorman on one of just three national nightly newscasts that came into America's living rooms for 30 minutes every night -- met a trio of young network reporters for dinner on a 10th-floor rooftop restaurant at the Caravelle Hotel in South Vietnam's embattled capital of Saigon. The veteran ...Read more
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's difficult to ever imagine another faith leader being dubbed "America's Pastor." That's because of the person Billy Graham was and the current political, social and cultural divisions in our country. And there is also the question of whether pluralistic America wants, needs or should have a pastor -- now, then or ever.
There were a couple of remarkable moments Wednesday in Washington, D.C., and later in Sunrise, Fla., a few miles from where 17 people were slaughtered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week. The first was a televised meeting between President Donald Trump and survivors and relatives of children killed in school shootings. The second ...Read more
In an attempt to tamp down partisan gerrymandering, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a new congressional district map far more fair than the current, partisan map. Of course, it set off another series of bar fights with more legal challenges.
All this partisan bickering should be Exhibit A in the case for voters to stand up for their ...Read more
When it comes to guns, it often appears as though liberals and conservatives are speaking different languages. Liberals express their horror at each new mass shooting and demand government action, while conservatives call for "thoughts and prayers" and insist on respect for the Second Amendment.
The constitutional argument usually leaves ...Read more
I wrote this letter to have my voice heard by Senator Marco Rubio, my elected official. I encourage anyone reading this to write a letter to your elected official, then post it to social media, tag your elected official, and use the hashtag #LetterToYourSenator. We will not be ignored any longer. (Facebook: @lettertoyoursenator; Instagram: @...Read more
Despite the Trump administration's best efforts to undermine Obamacare, it is not collapsing, as the president often claims. The state exchanges where insurers sell policies to Americans who don't get health benefits at work are stabilizing, and enrollment remained about the same last year even after administration actions drove up premiums, ...Read more
Clip this editorial and hang onto it for the next time someone shoots up a school or a workplace or a country-western music festival. We can fill in the blanks together as political leaders compose thoughts and prayers before doing nothing about gun violence:
Reaction to the latest massacre was swift. Lawmakers mouthed empty words of sympathy, ...Read more
Donald Trump admires "winners" and his favored immigrant group, the Norwegians, are winning so much at the Winter Olympics that they are probably getting tired of hauling around medals. If the president were to take a closer look at the Scandinavian nation, however, there is little else beyond athletic success he would personally find appealing....Read more
If you lived in one of India's largest cities, a startling sight would've greeted you when you picked up your morning newspaper last Monday: Whole front pages had been replaced by an artists' impression of a skyscraper. There was to be a Trump tower in your town, the ads declared -- something you might have already gleaned from the photograph of...Read more
That was swift. As swift as Nikolas Cruz was when he killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. It took Florida legislators little time to teach some activist students a lesson by refusing to consider a gun law on Tuesday, even as students from Stoneman Douglas sat in the audience.
One student burst into tears in the gallery, ...Read more
"They are laughing their asses off in Moscow." That was one of President Trump's responses to the 16 indictments returned in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
He's right. Russian President Vladimir Putin likely is laughing – at Trump. The American president is so caught ...Read more
We are reporting today from the battle lines of a nation at war, besieged by attackers on multiple fronts – yet tragically unable to even identify its prime enemy.
So we must begin not by analyzing another round of fresh battle plans from our frayed commanders. Instead, we need to consult our nation's most sage philosopher, in the hopes that ...Read more