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America Has a Good Story; But It's Not the One Politicians Tell

James Zogby | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics
James Zogby

The American story is not about a country that was born great, but about a country struggling to become better. It is one infused with humility, a recognition of our failings and our continuing efforts to correct injustice and make change.

My Maine Inspiration: Following in the Footsteps of American Artistic Tradition

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 10.17.2012 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

Although I grew up in New York and have lived there for many years, I have a summer studio in Maine. Every summer I pack up and go to paint following the tradition of so many of America's painters from Winslow Homer to Alex Katz.

PHOTOS: Safari Adventures In The U.S.A.

iLoveInns | Posted 10.17.2012 | Travel
iLoveInns

If you have been tempted to go on a safari, but you don't want to leave America, here's the solution! Leave your passport at home and take a wildlife adventure tour at a bed and breakfast in this country.

Music Video Premiere Exclusive: "Life Is Excellent" by Bobby Joe Ebola & The Children MacNuggits

Melissa Webster | Posted 10.15.2012 | Entertainment
Melissa Webster

Hailing from the California Bay Area, the two frontmen, Corbett Redford, vocals, and Dan Abbott, guitar and vocals, are living proof music can be fun, entertaining and serious as hell, wrapped in a package where the audience has no choice but to dance.

Dear Mr. Romney: Say It Ain't So

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 10.13.2012 | College
Victor M. Feraru

The country I grew up in made it possible for a kid who had no chance in life to climb up and help himself. I'm a product of 40 foster homes, three group homes and finally adopted parents who passed away -- I know the importance and need for social programs.

War and Country

Amalie Flynn | Posted 10.01.2012 | Arts
Amalie Flynn

I am standing in my kitchen, And I am as still as an appliance, And I am thinking about it again, About countries that go to war. Copyright Amali...

When a Lie Is No Longer a Lie, What Happens to America?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

Through the years, we've become accustomed to a little political sidestep, where politicians don't answer the question asked and respond with a totally irrelevant answer. But lately this sidestep has morphed into outright lying.

Sikhism, Identity And Where I Stand In Light Of The Wisconsin Shooting

Sahaj Kohli | Posted 10.06.2012 | Religion
Sahaj Kohli

I am defensive and on edge. I want the world to know that I am a Sikh. I want to stand tall, not down. Not only on the behalf of the Sikh community but even more so for Americans who are subjected to religious persecution.

Chick-Fil-A vs. The Gays!

Susie Sampson | Posted 10.03.2012 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

2012-08-03-Screenshot20120803at3.13.23PM.jpgBoy was there some excitement over at Chick Fil A! The gays were protestin' and the Christians were eatin'.

Michael Phelps Is Right to Buck Glory Hogging American Culture

Huw L. Hopkins | Posted 10.03.2012 | Sports
Huw L. Hopkins

This goes against the grain of American culture, one that likes to drag its success out for as long as possible, often ruining reputations.

What God Wants

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 10.02.2012 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Ferroni

Ignorance has caused more harm than God's will ever has, and only the foolish truly believe that God actually wants one army to defeat another, favors one team over another, or gives a group of people He created a disease because he disagrees with their lifestyle.

Are You Smarter Than an 18th Century 10-Year-Old?

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 10.02.2012 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

John Adams learned Latin at the age most of us today are still learning the difference between "their" and "there." He entered Harvard at sixteen and was practicing law by his early twenties.

The Idea of America in the Age of Empire

Michael Hughes | Posted 10.01.2012 | Books
Michael Hughes

At the outset of The Idea of America is an intellectually-stimulating comparison of two schools of thought on the causes of the Revolution.

The Race Game of American Democracy

Glen Browder | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

Race relations in this part of the country are still problematic; but the regional situation now is simply a more obvious and intense case of the American racial problem. Perhaps the time has come for the South and America to talk as a nation about our common situation.

A Typical Day for an Average Guy

Mike Bellamente | Posted 09.22.2012 | Home
Mike Bellamente

It's 7:08 a.m. when I'm jolted awake by the moans of a wounded sea cow from down the hall. My four-month old daughter is battling some bizarre foot...

In Italy, Eat, Pray, Run

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 09.24.2012 | Travel
Sarah O'Leary

If I make it to see another day here in Pugliola, I will write about it. At this point, the Communists running the gambling down at the bar aren't betting on it.

Why We Take Our Comedians More Seriously Than Our News Anchors

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 09.19.2012 | Comedy
Nicholas Ferroni

Humor has always been the best way to swallow and accept the obvious exploitation of political office and the misbehavior of politicians.

Think Different: What Apple Can Teach America

Bob Burnett | Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The problem with the US is not that we're too big to govern or that government is too big. Our problem is vision: we're stuck in the age of dinosaurs and we don't get it. Americans need to shake it up: emphasize growth rather than profits. Americans need to think different.

How Cars Drove the American Dream to Nowhere, U.S.A.

The Crimson White | Posted 09.18.2012 | College
The Crimson White

In my opinion America's infatuation with cars has produced an even more devastating consequence: the degradation and demoralization of civic life in our towns and cities.

Mitt-Handled

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Now the Republicans are in a pickle. They held the most divisive presidential primary in decades and a flawed candidate emerged at the top of the ticket.

A Modest Proposal to Stop Tipping Bartenders

Stephen Robert Morse | Posted 09.16.2012 | Comedy
Stephen Robert Morse

Why do we tip taxi drivers 10% to 15%, waiters and waitresses 15% to 20%, and hotel chambermaids $1 per night, while bartenders expect to rake in $1 per drink (or more if we're feeling generous)?

The Greatest Breakup Letter in History

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 09.11.2012 | Comedy
Nicholas Ferroni

As someone who's received many "breakup" letters, emails and even texts, I do consider myself somewhat of an expert. It wasn't until my historical studies at Rutgers that I realized that America was founded on the ultimate breakup letter in history: the Declaration of Independence.

America as Re-run: Losing Andy Griffith Without Losing Our Way

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 09.10.2012 | Home
Stuart Muszynski

If we just leave this question to the media, we deserve what we get. All of us must be concerned about our media diet and its powerful link to our cultural health, and we should be crying out to Hollywood to right the picture.

NYTimes Journalist Blames Women For Income Inequality

Forbes Woman | Posted 07.11.2012 | Women

Leave it to David Brooks to figure out a way to blame the ladies for income inequality. In his most recent New York Times column, Brooks decided to...

What's Wrong With This Map?

Posted 09.08.2012 | Comedy

Some US states have something everyone agrees they're shaped like. How many times have you heard someone from Michigan tell you they're from "the mitt...