Perspectives

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The Odd Case Of The 'White Male'

Oct 13, 2017

I'm a white male -- like Anders Breivik, Adam Lanza, Dylan Klebold, Eric Harris, Jared Loughner, James Holmes, Charles Whitman, Timothy McVeigh, Dylan Roof, and Stephen Paddock. And it was the action of these men that now prompts me to offer my deepest apologies.

Don't Reject Prayers As Useless

Oct 12, 2017

I’m disturbed by recent memes and social media posts mocking prayers sent to those dealing with tragedy. Granted, words alone are not enough, and calculated photo opportunities of groups of politicians praying seem contrived at best.

There are, however, two important ways in which I disagree vehemently with such sentiment:

First, sending prayers does not equate to sending words and sentiment. A prayer is not simply a word of encouragement or support – nor is it a concrete question asking for a specific result. And it is certainly not a wish.

Arming Teachers Isn't The Answer

Oct 11, 2017

Phillip LeFevre’s Oct. 3 perspective on giving teachers guns as a solution to school shootings is simply not a solution.

Purposely placing guns in the hands of teachers only increases the risk of gun deaths in schools by creating more opportunities for gun violence to occur.

While Mr. LeFevre states that teachers would have to undergo extensive training and appropriate background checks, he neglects the largest school population who could never undergo background checks: the students.

The Wonders Of A Mast Year

Oct 10, 2017

Among the many strange events 2017 hath wrought, it hath wrought a mast year for nut trees of the forest. Mast years are years that nut trees like oaks and hickories bear an abundance of fruit -- or mast, as it’s called by scientists and people who know Old English.

A Sad Legacy Resurfaces

Oct 9, 2017

I have been drawn into Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s 10-part documentary on the Vietnam War, which vividly relates the remarkable tragedies of hubris in a profoundly misguided cause.

I am old enough to have watched the last desperate years of the war on the CBS Evening News, and clearly remember the evacuation of the American Embassy in Saigon on April 30, 1975. There was a man who I never met that epitomized the tragic decisions of five U.S. presidents and the civilian and military leaders that surrounded them.

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