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If "Washington Is Broken," We Should Look to General Washington to Fix it

Ian kahn | Posted 04.27.2016 | Entertainment
Ian kahn

It takes humility to act in concert. George Washington was always looking for consensus. He was always cognizant of his responsibilities as the first President. He knew his choices would set precedents for all future generations. What if our leaders held themselves to that standard?

Don't Trust the Conventional Wisdom in Health Care -- Part 1

Michael D. Shaw | Posted 04.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael D. Shaw

We are left to conclude that at least in this situation, "patient first" has become "patient last." And that those cynics who define "patient" as a mechanism to extract revenue from a third party payer may be onto something.

How Logical Are We, Really?

Terry Newell | Posted 03.30.2016 | Impact
Terry Newell

In a mea culpa Op-Ed, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof recently took himself and the press to task for allowing Donald Trump to use the media to his advantage. "We were lap dogs, not watchdogs" he admitted.

Civility Is a National Security Issue

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

How can democracy best endure through rough times? Whether online or off, civil communication is vital for democratic resilience.

Poet Perfectly Breaks Down The Erasure Of Black People In U.S. History

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 03.25.2016 | Black Voices

Poet Clint Smith III takes a critical look at the Founding Fathers' role in oppressing black people in his latest poem entitled "History Reconsidered....

Democracy and Its Demands

Terry Newell | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics
Terry Newell

At the Federal Convention in 1787, delegates had no intention of creating a democracy. Steeped in Greek and Roman history, they understood that democracy was a breeding ground for demagogues, whose rhetoric could stir the passions and override reason.

Will Obama Be Ranked Among America's Greatest Presidents?

Steven M. Gillon | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
Steven M. Gillon

As Barack Obama enters the final months of his presidency, historians, journalists and self-appointed pundits will participate in the ritual of ranking him on the scale presidential greatness.

American Voters Should Put an End to Political Dynasties

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

For some strange reason, many American citizens today seem to believe that because an individual may have come from a privileged background or a 'political' family, they should either have a right to attain elected office or will naturally do a better job than someone who isn't 'privileged' or part of a political dynasty.

Discovering a Fine Figure of a Misunderstood Man

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
Jeremiah Horrigan

Washington saw his job as setting the standard for everyone who would follow him, a job he did exceedingly well. If most of his successors and wannabes couldn't and can't measure up to those stirring standards, shame on them, not him.

Donald Trump: The New George Washington?

Carla Gardina Pestana | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics
Carla Gardina Pestana

Donald Trump supporters explain the logic behind their admiration for the candidate in terms that fans of George Washington would understand. The styl...

Lincoln and Washington and the Value of Education

Dr. Alan Kadish | Posted 02.11.2016 | Education
Dr. Alan Kadish

When it comes to national holidays, it's hard to find one that garners less respect and reflection than Presidents Day. There's no one to mourn as we ...

Why The Banning Of 'A Birthday Cake For George Washington' Really Matters

Ramin Ganeshram | Posted 02.11.2016 | Books
Ramin Ganeshram

There is more at stake here than the future of one author or one picture book. Most pressing is the question of whether we can ever reach a place in our society where questions of race can be openly and objectively discussed, especially with our children.

Hillary Is The Most Qualified Candidate Since Washington, Says Bill's Ex-Adviser

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 01.30.2016 | Politics

James Carville, the well-known political adviser to former President Bill Clinton, is a bit baffled that more donors have given to Sen. Bernie Sanders...

George Washington's Birthday Cake

Alan Singer | Posted 01.20.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

By the time George Washington died in 1799, the enslaved population on his Mount Vernon planation included 318 people, 123 who were "owned" by Washington himself and the rest who were part of the estate of his wife's children from a previous marriage. Instead of freeing the people he claimed to own in his will, Washington transferred ownership to his wife. Some of these people were freed in 1801.

Neither God Nor George Washington Wrote the Second Amendment

David Michael Conner | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
David Michael Conner

One thing almost all of us can certainly agree on is that kids should be able to go to school with no worry of a spray of bullets interrupting their classes. Right? Can we start there and work toward some way to make that our new reality?

Under Pressure, Scholastic Recalls Racist Children's Book

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 03.02.2016 | Books
The Zinn Education Project

The protests over A Birthday Cake for George Washington are part of a longer and larger campaign for children to learn the truth about history and the world today.

Best 50 Immersive Tours in Northeast USA

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 01.16.2016 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Litchfield CT: White Flower Farm. Wander among the blooms at the famous flower and plant catalog come to life. Ask for a self-guided tour brochure in the shop, and be prepared to enter garden nirvana.

Village Seal and Sports' Mascots Representing Racist History

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I believe this so-called "honoring," taking "pride" in, and "respecting" Native Americans by the cultural descendants of those who engaged in land theft, forced evacuations and slaughter strikes me as justification for further misappropriation of cultural symbols.

Donald Trump Needs Help With His Insults

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.14.2016 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

The Media has been consistently confused by Donald Trump's rise in the polls because they've predicted since the summer that his trash talking would sink his campaign. Though he sounds like a belligerent New York cabbie at the end of his shift, Trump keeps garnering support despite the way he insults his opponents in debates and via Twitter.

Immigrant She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 12.30.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

As a second generation American, I am grateful for the opportunities with which I am blessed today. For this column, I decided to profile some women immigrants who contributed significantly to our country.

A Letter from George Washington To Donald Trump

Noam Schimmel | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Noam Schimmel

In August of 1790 President George Washington wrote a letter to the Touro Synagogue of Newport Rhode Island. Like most American Jews at the time and ...

15 Cool Reasons to Visit Wethersfield, CT

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 12.04.2015 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Settled in 1634, back-in-time historic Wethersfield, CT just three miles from Hartford on the Connecticut River, is one of Connecticut's two oldest to...

This Is Holiday Season; Share Your Ancestors' Struggles With the Family

Mary Ann West | Posted 11.29.2015 | World
Mary Ann West

Perhaps your tradition has been to share what you have gratitude for, be it individual or part of a bigger picture. How about switching it up and talk...

This Thanksgiving, Let's Say 'No Thanks' to the Tyranny of the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

This Thanksgiving finds us saddled with a government that is a far cry from George Washington's vision of a government that would be a blessing to all the people.

When Does Political Correctness Go Too Far?

Michael Russnow | Posted 11.23.2015 | Education
Michael Russnow

Last week some students at Princeton petitioned the school to stop tributes to Woodrow Wilson, its former university president and, more importantly, our former U.S. president, including the possible renaming of the prestigious Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.