Perspectives

Did you miss an essay from your favorite "Perspectives" writer? Want to hear it again? Scroll down to find a complete archive of our "Perspectives" essays. You'll find the most recent at the top.

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Northern Public Radio invites you to comment on or respond to any Perspective in the comments section at the bottom of each article, in keeping with our Discussion Policy.

Who's Doing The Talking Here?

Oct 6, 2017

No matter where you look, there is heated debate over the First Amendment. We saw it with the protests in Charlottesville. We have heard it in the disputes about free speech on college campuses. And it was most recently on display during the holy of holies, Sunday football.

If you value the First Amendment, you know that its protections of free expression must apply equally to all speech irrespective of what is said.

Gathering Provides Special Feelings

Oct 5, 2017

If I were writing my “back to school” Fall essay, I would tell this story.

Imagine a three-day gathering of people ages five months to the upper 70s; from cities, suburb and farming communities; standing on continuums spanning political, religious and cultural identities. Then put them in ethnically diverse restaurants, in pick-up basketball, and on picnic blankets in an urban park. On the third day, see them congregate at an antique furniture building in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood for a wedding celebration.

That's Some Kind Of Insurance!

Oct 4, 2017

“I'm going to live until 122!”

That's the whimsical thought that crossed my mind recently while reviewing a personalized insurance policy with an actuarial table that expires in the year 2077.

I am writing this during the last few days of my 61st year, so that that notion literally translates into this: I'm at the halfway point of my life!

Pundits may quash the notion of living 122 years, but wait; not so fast! Don't discount what good nutrition and exercise can do. Also consider the fast-moving front of medical technology and research.

Is This The Answer To School Shootings?

Oct 3, 2017

There is a sure way to cut the number of children killed when madmen go into schools to shoot to end as many young lives as they can. If school districts created voluntary programs where teachers could conceal carry a small firearm, the death toll of children would drop.
 

A Real Protest Of A Real Problem

Oct 2, 2017

For the last 14 months this nation has been involved in a heated dialogue about protesting and the First Amendment. This stems from now ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the singing of the national anthem at the beginning of games.

From the beginning he, and other NFL players who have joined him have been clear about their actions. This is not about our military, our nation, or our flag. This is about injustice and inequality systematically perpetrated against people of color in this country.

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