Category: United States

Mourning the Soul-Sucking of San Francisco

“Get to San Francisco,” Jack Kerouac wrote. “Get to San Francisco in defiance of your geography, your ancestry and the lonely change rattling sad excuses in your pocket.” For him, and for the generations after him, San Francisco was something mythic and untouched. A bohemian haven by the Pacific for artists and creators, a place… Read more »

Whither the War on Drugs?

Note: This is the fifth and final piece in a series examining criminal justice in America. Read the earlier stories here, here, here and here. In December, I wrote that the election of Donald Trump would likely put a hold on many of the criminal justice reforms that President Obama had advocated, many of which once seemed to… Read more »

Same Shift, Different Democracy

From Hillary Clinton’s email scandal to allegations of Russia’s hacking the the DNC, the 2016 American presidential election dominated the news cycle for well over a year. Characteristically, more controversy unfolded as the votes were cast. On Tuesday, November 8, Donald Trump won the presidency despite losing the popular vote. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton received… Read more »

Church of Trump

Is Donald Trump a good Christian? Ideologically, as Bill Maher declares, Trump seems to be “his own God.” In terms of methodology, however, Trump’s religious outlook seems to be both the natural consequence of and historically consistent with religious thought in the United States. As in most other areas of his campaign, when it came… Read more »

Civic Awards

On November 20, 2013, President Barack Obama bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on one of our country’s most renowned and respected national heroes. The woman who inspired millions of Americans with expressions such as “you can have it all” and “think like a queen” stood up from her chair and the president himself put… Read more »

The New Left Breaks Ground in New York

As the first state in the nation to reach a deal that will make the tuition of its public colleges free, New York has been hailed as a pioneer of affordable higher education. The only restrictions to the grant program are that students must be residents of New York with a household income of less… Read more »

The Questionable Nature of Carbon Neutrality

The city of Burlington, Vermont, sits along beautiful Lake Champlain in a valley between the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks. It is home to Bernie lovers, University of Vermont students, and dozens of farm-to-table restaurants. Sitting on a bench in downtown Burlington, you can notice the distinctive character of Burlington: hybrids are the preferred car;… Read more »

Can’t Afford Bail: Fixing Pretrial Release

Note: This is the fourth piece in a series examining criminal justice in America. Read the earlier parts here, here, and here. Most people sitting in local jails have not been convicted of a crime, and some of them never will be. Nationally, nearly 500,000 people are imprisoned while they await trial, according to a… Read more »

Learning English in the Heartland

Rural schools rarely have the resources necessary to provide adequate support for English Language Learners (ELLs). International immigration into rural areas has significantly increased in recent years, but barriers to providing sufficient support for the children of immigrants in rural public schools still remain. What effect does inadequate ELL education have on the experience of… Read more »

Treatment in a Failing Healthcare System

This article is part three in a series. Find the first part here and the second here. As I have already discussed in this series, opioids can have a detrimental effect on towns and communities. By now, we know the effects of opioids, but our country’s current healthcare system makes treatment options inaccessible and inefficient. The most realistic approach… Read more »