Felted art project created by the first grade class community at the Portland Waldorf School -- 2014 An open letter to my son on his last day of sc...
I think it's possible to stop school shootings, or at least dramatically reduce them. Simply put, we need more gun control. But the sad reality is that we're not going to get more gun control until we've fixed a deeper, more pervasive problem: political corruption.
Anyone who tells you the words of the constitution are immutable... is a liar. Anyone who tells you that if the constitution gives an American a "right," there is absolutely nothing that the government can do to take it away, is also a liar.
Both individuals and institutions have become sophisticated in using the U.S. Constitution to support policies they favor - and fight against those th...
My son Blair was an honors student. He was the most important thing in my life. And in 2007 a gang member killed him on his way home from school on a public bus with many of his classmates. But to CNN and other media outlets, murders like my son's don't count.
Somehow religious folk especially have been duped into believing that to conceal a gun in a purse or jacket is the mark of a good citizen, when in fact it is an act of absolute cowardice and disregard for the beauty and value of our fellow humans.
The most quoted line from Samuel Wurzelbacher's letter was "your dead kids don't trump my constitutional rights." The chutzpah required to write something like that to a total stranger who has just lost a child and does not care about your opinion notwithstanding, the worst thing about that line is that it is essentially the official position of the US government.
Too many people worship guns instead of God. Still, Jesus and the disciples were stronger then all the Roman Empire two thousand years ago. The Cross lobby will still prevail against the gun lobby.
It started like any other Friday afternoon. I walked through the unlocked front doors of my kids' school, stopped in the office to sign in as a volunteer and grab an ID badge, and headed down the hall to Ms. C.'s first grade classroom. I was there to help the kids write a newsletter about their week. Instead, I was reminded of my worst nightmare.
As America becomes a country plagued by community violence, mass shootings, school shootings and missing children, we must also become a country of nosy neighbors. Vigilance works. It's really up to us.
It's time for women and mothers to ask their elected leaders "Who do you side with, me or the NRA?"
I am insulted when people lump people with mental health issues together like this. As if "being crazy" is some sort of umbrella term, a way to explain away any inhuman act a person does.
Our fascination gets the best of us, and it starts to look a little too much like adulation, as we shower him with headlines and, as of yet, give his victims only a small percentage of the same press attention.
I want international students to think about the incredible academic experiences they're going to have. I want them to think about the friends they're going to make, the classes they're going to take, and the places they're going to see.
Call to mind the young people in your life. Ask yourself if anyone triggers a feeling of discomfort or concern. Let your instincts weigh in, even if your rational mind says, Oh that kid's just a little quirky
As someone who's covered political violence overseas, it's clear to me that as Americans, we need to change our vocabulary. We have one set of vocabulary for events that happen overseas, and a "Rated G" vocabulary for American soil -- and we're doing ourselves a profound disservice.