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The Real Controversy over the National Anthem

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 09.09.2016 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

Colin Kaeperneck's refusal to stand during the playing of the "Star Spangled Banner" is only the latest in a series of rows over Francis Scott Key's v...

Over the River and Through the Wood

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 11.24.2016 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

As Americans travel to spend Thanksgiving with their friends and family, we think and sometimes even sing "Over the river and through the wood to grandfather's house we go... (or some variation thereof)." I didn't know until quite recently that the poem/song was written by a woman!

She Makes Beautiful Music

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 08.03.2016 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

America the Beautiful is a beloved patriotic song -- written by a woman! Women have contributed to the field of music as singers, songwriters, composers, and conductors. Match the woman with her accomplishment.

As a Gay Dad, I Thank Coke for its Super Bowl Commercial, But Is It the Real Thing?

Rob Watson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Watson

To use your own branding catch phrase, they are asking, and I am asking, about your support for freedom and diversity: Is it the real thing?

Progressives Should Take Back the Flag

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.03.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The flag, as a symbol of the nation, is not owned by the administration in power, but by the people. We battle over what it means, but all Americans -- across the political spectrum -- have an equal right to claim the flag as their own.

America's Choice: Destruction or Construction

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

America is suffering. She is, however, afflicted with an avoidable condition she brought on herself, like a hangover. Only this one's interminable and internationally contagious.