Recent Commentaries

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Bright Spot
Before leaving on summer vacation, I thought I’d leave on a high note. While the majority of Congress has been stuck in perpetual partisan gridlock, it might surprise you to know that there are a group of Senators who are getting things done and… they’re all women. Chief among them are Senators Claire McCaskill, Amy Klobuchar, Kelly Ayotte and Shelley...
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July 31, 2015
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Final Decision
On Monday, The Boy Scouts of America officially ended its ban on openly gay adult leaders. “But,” The New York Times writes (July 27), “the new policy allows church-sponsored units to choose local unit leaders who share their precepts, even if that means restricting such positions to heterosexual men.” “ ‘There are differences of opinion, and we need to be...
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July 29, 2015
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The Ethical Take
This month, The Take examines the Good, the Bad and the Very Ugly. The Good – It’s gone! What has stood for decades flying on the grounds of South Carolina’s state house, the Confederate battle flag, long seen as a symbol by many of hate and oppression was officially removed last Friday. In less than a month, after the deaths...
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July 23, 2015
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Bill Cosby, Revealed
Now we know the stories are true; the drugs, the rapes. Now we know that Bill Cosby was a serial rapist and that he used his celebrity to fulfill his compulsion. The CBS network show Sunday Morning (July 19), had an extraordinary and compelling commentary about what many feel regarding the recent disclosure of a court deposition that comedian Bill...
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July 20, 2015
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The Chicken Little Effect
Christoval, Texas has recently become ground zero for conspiracy theorists. Rather than keep a watchful eye for self-radicalized, domestic terrorists with real intentions of harm, the folks in Christoval are closely watching the federal government’s war games. Why? Many harbor the misguided belief that the games are a ruse to deflect attention from the government’s true purpose: taking control of...
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July 17, 2015
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Is Atticus Finch a Racist?
Dear Editor, Several of my friends say that news reports claim that Harper Lee’s new book portrays moral hero Atticus Finch as a racist. Someone told me that if you see it on, it is so. Please tell me the truth, is Atticus Finch a racist? Signed, Virginia Every-Reader Virginia, Your friends are wrong. Although reporters claim that the...
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July 14, 2015
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Truman – American Grace and Self-Reliance
Last Wednesday, I wrote about the “sweet deals” of perks and privileges accorded the U.S. Supreme Court Justices. While I believe they do an incredibly difficult job for little compensation, nonetheless, I believed that, ethically, they should release their expenses as well as the names of individuals or groups who pay those expenses on a variety of free trips around...
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July 13, 2015
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Sweet Deal
You would think that after being appointed a United States Supreme Court justice – a position held for life, mind you – that you would be fairly comfortable, even content. However, it might surprise you to learn that along with having a lifetime job, a parking space, invitations to things like special dinners, the State of the Union address, there...
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July 8, 2015
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That Flag
The speed at which attitudes and actions have changed, particularly in the South, about the Confederate battle flag has been staggering. Since the senseless shooting deaths of 9 individuals attending a bible study class in a Charleston, South Carolina church on June 17, we’ve gone from the state’s governor calling for the removal of the flag from the capitol grounds...
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July 6, 2015
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Ethical Hero – Nicholas Winton
What makes a hero? This guy, Nicholas Winton, a British-born stockbroker who never told anyone for fifty years, about his heroic effort in organizing the successful “escape of 669 mostly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II,” The New York Times writes (July 1). A did that ranks alongside those similar to Oskar Schindler and Raoul...
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July 2, 2015