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Opinion: Becoming more diverse but missing the point

Opinion: Becoming more diverse but missing the point

By Jonathan Zimmerman | The Philadelphia Inquirer
September 6, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Affirmative action has reached middle age. It's been almost 40 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that universities could consider race in admissions as a way to enhance student diversity. Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978) barred schools from giving an advantage to minority...

Opinion: Religion decline helps the Democratic Party

Opinion: Religion decline helps the Democratic Party

By James A. Haught | Tribune News Service
September 5, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Western civilization has entered the long-predicted Secular Age, when the power of religion over society gradually recedes. Europe started the shift after World War II. Churchgoing diminished until only a fringe of Europeans attend worship today — fewer than 10 percent in some nations. The young...

Editorial: The furor over Kaepernick

Editorial: The furor over Kaepernick

By Los Angeles Times
September 2, 2016
Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Here we go again. Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, has outraged fans and spurred the fulminations of self-appointed patriots by refusing to stand for the national anthem. Fresh on the heels of Gabby Douglas, the gymnast who failed during the Rio Olympics to put her hand over...

Opinion: Less-than-studious students driving up college costs for all

Opinion: Less-than-studious students driving up college costs for all

By Mary Clare Reim and Jamie Bryan Hall | The Heritage Foundation
September 2, 2016
Filed under Opinion

As college students head back to school, parents and taxpayers — both groups increasingly subsidizing higher education — rightfully expect these students will work hard to make the most of this significant investment. Unfortunately, data from the American Time Use Survey, conducted by the U.S. Bureau...

Zika meets ableism

Zika meets ableism

By David Perry and Elizabeth Picciuto | Los Angeles Times
August 30, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Earlier this month, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio stated that women infected with the Zika virus, which can cause congenital disabilities such as microcephaly, should not be permitted to have legal abortions. In March, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, now the Republican nominee for vice president, signed a bill banning...

Stanford personal pronoun outreach adds to hypersensitive campus culture

Stanford personal pronoun outreach adds to hypersensitive campus culture

By Karin Klein | The Sacramento Bee
August 30, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Dear Stanford student, If your professors don't pronounce your name correctly when they first meet you, and fail to use your preferred pronoun when referring to you, it's all their fault. An email sent to Stanford students in August offered them the opportunity to speak their names into an audio...

One thing is certain in the Clinton Foundation scandal: Hillary didn’t avoid the ‘appearance’ of conflict

One thing is certain in the Clinton Foundation scandal: Hillary didn’t avoid the ‘appearance’ of conflict

By Doyle McManus | Los Angeles Times
August 29, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion

The first thing you need to know about the Clinton Foundation is that it's not, contrary to what Donald Trump said last week, "the most corrupt enterprise in political history." It's not even close. Nor is it, as Trump also claimed, "Watergate all over again." The Republican candidate has a gift for...

Protests on campus are a sign of progress

Protests on campus are a sign of progress

By Barry Glassner and Morton Schapiro | Los Angeles Times
August 29, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Show of hands: You work side-by-side with people who are much poorer or wealthier than you — and you share your living space with someone from a religion, race, nation or sexual orientation other than your own. We suspect few adults have their hands in the air. The vast majority of Americans live...

Editorial: How Illinois politicians consciously created these debt and pension crises

Editorial: How Illinois politicians consciously created these debt and pension crises

By Chicago Tribune
August 27, 2016
Filed under Editorials, Opinion

"Over the years, lawmakers used a variety of techniques to put off paying the bills. ... Such techniques can work for only so long, and Illinois is now coming to terms with over 20 years of poor fiscal performance." — Business economist Thomas Walstrum, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Some sca...

Column: To hate or not to hate? That is Trump’s question

Column: To hate or not to hate? That is Trump’s question

By Dick Meyer | Scripps Washington Bureau
August 27, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Here's a question for moral philosophers: Is it more immoral to be a bigot or to pretend to be bigot? The question is obviously relevant to Donald Trump's campaign right now. The facile way Trump seems able to turn his hate rhetoric on and off raises the question of how committed Trump is to his bigotry. Has...

Opinion: Racism, bigotry charges take presidential race to new low

Opinion: Racism, bigotry charges take presidential race to new low

By Lewis Diuguid | The Kansas City Star
August 26, 2016
Filed under Opinion

An unspoken rule among many African American professionals is to never use the R-word on the job or in integrated settings, because those who do instantly lose whatever argument they're embroiled in and immediately sacrifice any credibility they might have had. That's even if the charge of racism is...

Column: We need candidates who will offer real change to African-Americans

Column: We need candidates who will offer real change to African-Americans

By Solomon Jones | Philadelphia Daily News
August 25, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion

I spoke with Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine, and the senator from Virginia shared policies to address the unemployment, unequal treatment and inferior education systems that continue to encumber blacks in this country. But as I listened to Kaine speak of career and technical training...

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