Even if our democracy didn't face terrorist threats, our schools should borrow from the best practices described at the Murrah anniversary symposiums for proactive methods of diverting alienated young persons from the narratives that justify violence.
When novelist Lou Berney was 13 years old, living in his hometown of Oklahoma City and working at Braum's, two men and a woman robbed the local Sirloin Stockade, murdering six employees. The horror of the killings stayed with Berney.
The latest GOP election sleight-of-hand? Divert attention from the news that projected Republican gains are going to be confined largely to the South by amping up the rhetoric on the mosque project in Lower Manhattan.