Opinion

Celebrate!

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Once again last week I found myself hankering for celebration. We come from a culture that loves the stuff — we’re raised into celebration — so it becomes an addiction of sorts, like salt and sugar, or shopping, or heroin. You get up in the morning, and if you don’t have to celebrate Mass or don your dress blues or […]

A shocking assault on the Supreme Court

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Despite what you might have learned in high school civics, the Supreme Court really only has one role in our system of government — to uphold Roe v. Wade. That’s the animating sentiment behind the furor over the leak of a Supreme Court opinion drafted for a majority by Justice Samuel Alito overturning the abortion decision. Left-wing commentators have hailed […]

Celebrating May

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Here’s the deep golden noon hour come to rest on our place like a sleeping cat, long light and short shadows, ambers, greens and aging browns touching fungal splashes of palm-sized color (creams and pinks and raspberries) that patch the scaly ancient bark on oaken arms flung out high above the house — all gathered in motionless repose. Trees whose […]

Take “woke” for the compliment that it is

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“Woke” has become a favorite epithet of the far right. But properly understood, it could backfire. Dictionaries define it as being “aware and actively attentive to important facts and issues, especially issues of racial and social justice,” and “alert to injustice in society, especially racism.” Is that bad? Some unalert people think so. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called Disney executives […]

Let Disney be an example

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Just like that, tyranny has descended on Florida. The state legislature, with the support of Gov. Ron DeSantis, voted to repeal the “special independent district” enjoyed by Disney for half a century. This is a sign, we are told, of the advent of American authoritarianism that brooks no dissent — Disney criticizes a measure supported by the Florida GOP, the […]

The censorship dilemma

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This may be an unpopular opinion: I think censorship is a valuable tool in public education. James Madison, primary creator of the First Amendment, may not have liked it, I admit. But the governor’s recent rejection of scores of mathematics textbooks designed for elementary, middle school and high school students — likely for including so-called Social-Emotional Learning words and concepts […]

In defense of Elon Musk

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A year after being named Time magazine’s person of the year, Elon Musk is attempting to acquire Twitter. At press time, it was reported a deal was imminent. To listen to Musk’s critics, you’d believe it’s an act almost on par with Hitler invading Poland not long after being named Time’s man of the year in 1938. A writer for […]

Flatlined heart

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When a daily newspaper on the Southwest Florida coast hit the streets and device screens the day before Easter, two of its front-page headlines gave readers the following information: “Impaled dolphin found on beach shore,” and “Permit free gun carry gains support.” In the permit-free gun carry story, a photograph showed a woman’s right hand festooned in large rings hooked […]

Where Russia goes, brutality follows

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Russia has found just the man to lead its ongoing assault on Ukraine, Gen. Aleksandr Dvornikov. The top-level general takes over a war that had no single overall commander and as the Russian military has suffered embarrassing setbacks, retreating from its planned siege of Kyiv. Dvornikov has led the Russian forces in the south and east of Ukraine, which Moscow […]

Burning books? That’s the real cancel culture

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A large bonfire. Fanatics tossing books into it. Is this a scene from Nazi Germany in 1933? Yes. But it’s also a scene from Tennessee in 2022, when a church condemned books such as “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” to the blaze. That scene is extreme but emblematic of a long, shameful attack on books for young people that’s re-erupting in […]


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