The victims and heroes and families should serve as a reminder of the very real, lasting human cost of these shootings. I have never lost a loved one to gun violence but perhaps it's time all of us start acting as if we had. Maybe then we'd do something about it.
Three different state trials resulted in the same unfair outcomes: death for those that did not physically participate in the killings, and life for those who did. Looking at each of these cases is like having a really bad case of triple déjà vu.
Yesterday was supposed to be a day of celebration, at least up north here in Portland. It was the day recreational marijuana consumers could make their first legal purchases of marijuana.
Cyberbullying and other risky behaviors associated with social media are increasing because children are receiving phones at younger and younger ages.
There once was a school/where people were always right./They knew they were right . . .and they were proud of it.
In a press conference covering the brutal mass murders at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, Sheriff John Hanlin defiantly refused to mention the name of the perpetrator, Chris Harper Mercer, and encouraged the media to do the same. The media should reject the Sheriff's request.
Any one of us can make a difference in a similar way as we move forward in the wake of tragedy. Any one of us can be the person who, rather than exacerbating pain and violence, transforms it by the way we bear witness and respond to it.
Fake IDs are a Class D Felony, states Sec. 53a-139 of the Connecticut Penal Code. Yet out of the 8720 arrests Greenwich Police Department has made in the past decade, only 247 individuals were charged with second or third degree forgery. Four juveniles out of the 247 were arrested for possession of fake licenses.
The truth behind why so many women are not executed may not be terribly "sexy" or interesting, but it is still important.
Pope Francis' speech at the Curran-Frumhold Correctional Facility was not explicit in any one message. Throughout, the Pope referenced Jesus' washing of the disciples' feet and taught about service, not serving time, but people in power serving others regardless of their present status.
Our family courts have subjugated the right of a child to be raised in an environment free from abuse and neglect to the parents' supposed right to do as they see fit with their "property" for so long that it is second nature to force children to live in unacceptably dangerous "homes."
People released from prison frequently face challenges. To start, people with prison records have a hard time finding a job. If employers won't hire the formerly incarcerated, then the formerly incarcerated can take a different tactic.