The deep divisions in our country symbolize something, and they won't stay long buried underneath the rubble of artificial courtesy.
Massacres like the one in Tucson are more common than Americans like to imagine, but still reasonably rare. The repetitious deaths of innocents in Afghanistan are commonplace in a way that Americans generally don't care to consider.
There are many ways to grace the cover of Time. You can found Microsoft. You can win the Nobel Prize. Or you can kill or wound nineteen people, including a judge, a congresswoman, and a nine-year-old child.
The signs of dysfunction were everywhere, so why were these problems tolerated, massaged or ignored altogether? There are many answers to this question, but let me share a few possibilities.
Instead of the focus being on which political party might have lit Loughner's final fuse, why didn't we -- why don't we -- concentrate more on the mental health of our fellow citizens?
To mandate mental health services for all those who exhibit eccentric behavior would create a society we would not want to live in.
I don't believe that the purveyors of nasty speech actually wanted to see their words come to life in a Tucson. But in the end, all that future generations will remember is the death of six people.
A consensus seems to have developed that some in media precipitously and inaccurately blamed violent rhetoric from the right for the shooting in Tucs...
My first love was treated with anti-psychotic drugs and later, much later, was able to have a fairly normal life. Fortunately, he did not have a gun -- or I wouldn't be alive today.
As time goes by since the unspeakable tragic events in Tucson, it becomes clearer that we need a voice of reason with grounded answers instead of disc...
Despite the seeming cohesion across party lines, some GOP opinion makers expressed opposition to the president's national address at the Tucson memorial. Here's a sampling.
In the week since the shootings in Arizona, there have been many comments about Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, and civility. And comparatively very litt...
Sarah Palin was right: Loughner's alleged crime could have been committed by any individual, and the "blame", if it exists, belongs to him alone. But what can the science of mental functioning contribute to this understanding?
According to "A Course in Miracles," all minds are joined. While it appears to the physical eye that I am here and you are over there, on the level of...
For all the media reports that the alleged Tucson shooter was "a fan" of Marx and Hitler's writing, you would never know that there are 19 other books on Loughner's reading list.
If we hire a gardener or nanny we make background checks. If we hire a new employee we seek references. The act of buying a gun, a lethal weapon, should not be open to any less scrutiny.