Rep. Giffords' career and Ms. Green's life cut tragically short provide something more potent than gender parity statistics: powerful examples of public leadership by women for women (and men) to admire.
We never "find" hope at all. Rather, we create hope, and we do so through love, empathy, and compassion. We create hope through the care we bring to any situation.
When the boundaries between helpful and harmful speech are unenforceable, what can we do, in church or state, to reinforce and protect those recognized boundaries?
Obama and Congress paid tribute to Gabby Giffords, on the mend from the massacre in Tucson -- but Obama said not a word about the explosion of guns into nearly every corner of the land
Understanding Loughner and the actions he took on that fateful day may present steps to intervening in the lives of the other Jared Loughners of the world
Recently, I had an opportunity to talk with Randy Spivey, who is CEO and founder of the Center for Personal Protection and Safety about the Tucson shootings, and how best to prevent and survive this kind of horrible situation.
Giffords' survival to this day is vivid testimony to the effectiveness of our Department of Defense and civilian medical communities not just to patient care but to the dissemination of information and training.
Our entire popular culture is saturated with images of what is "out there" beyond the realm of possibility. But maybe, instead, what is out there is "our better selves," as Obama keeps on saying.
We have to offer people with mental illness renewed hope and understanding. We need outreach and public education about mental illness, about the availability and effectiveness of treatment.
Gun advocates claim that we'd be safer if more people had guns. I agree. In order to assure a safer more crime-free society, teachers should be armed. Students should be armed. Convenience store clerks...
This disagreement -- why civility matters -- provides a window into the dramatically different world views of liberals and conservatives that lie at the root of our current political conflicts.
Political horror film: Sarah Palin is put into a time machine and unleashed on John F. Kennedy in the 1960s. "How's that 'civility's not a signy of we...
Using their own words, Americans cite stricter gun laws as the best way to "prevent mass shootings from occurring in the United States."
Since the tragic shooting in Tucson, President Obama has been a force for healing, recovery and reconciliation. He has been a profile in understanding and empathy. He now needs to be a profile in courage.
A majority of our Supreme Court chooses to ignore the "well-regulated Militia" part of the Second Amendment and focus exclusively on citizens' right to bear arms. For this they went to law school?
President Obama is now Mr. Reasonable Centrist -- except that in substance there is no reasonable center to be had. Just how far right do we have to go for Republicans to cut any kind of deal?