It's time for us to stop being polite and keeping the peace in our families, to stop hiding behind sympathetic posts on social media and instead have hard discussions about where we, as families, are at. To tell those close to us how afraid we are that, some day, we might see their mugshot on television after a horrific event.
As President Obama flies to Paris for the latest international negotiation on climate change, diplomats on both sides of the Atlantic appear confused about what his position will be. Will he champion legally binding commitments by all nations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions? Or will he agree only to deal with no legal force?
The shooter had help. He had help from an entire movement that has carelessly labeled abortion as "murder" and "baby-killing." Killing abortion providers flows logically from the moment you call abortion "murder" and this labeling has to stop. Now.
It is our belief that these prejudices and misperceptions damage the strength of our American democracy. Higher education has a role to play in beginning to address these challenges. But what can campus leaders do?
If we are serious about changing the climate, we need to get serious about changing agriculture.
Certainly, there has never been a stranger or more unsettling Republican campaign for the presidential nomination or one more filled with economic balderdash and showmanship.
Life is passionately defended only if the subject of concern is fetal life. "Right-to-life" politicians are often vehement supporters of the death penalty, seemingly oblivious to the obvious internal inconsistency in their attitudes to the beginning and the ending of life.
The refusal to call Roof -- and now Dear -- a "terrorist" is far from an arcane quibble over terms and definitions, or even over the race and gender of the shooters. It strikes to the heart of how Americans have been reflexively conditioned to see thuggery and terrorism.
Men who give unsolicited advice about what I should or shouldn't be saying are sexist chauvinists who just can't stand that a woman has a voice. To them I say with a smile; too bad.
Here is what's grimly fascinating in this year's dystopian carnival of a Republican presidential primary. When it comes to what can be said in America, all bets are off.
Today's topics include: Russian jet shot down over Turkey; Black Lives Matter protesters gunned down by douchebag military cosplayers; Trump says he's the least racist person in the world; Trump doesn't fact-check himself and much more.
For months now, the pundits and the GOP establishment have dismissed the dangers posed by the likes of Trump and Carson and Cruz. But as their rhetoric becomes harsher, with naked appeals to intolerance and even violence, it is time to wake up. Because they speak to an entire group's existential crisis
After an energetic and dynamic summer, the Bernie Sanders campaign seems to have stalled.
In the aftermath of the recent mass shooting at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, it's time we examine the role of words in our politics and in our society. Those who defensively insist that their vicious verbal attacks on Planned Parenthood have nothing to do with a single gunman's massacre of innocent citizens are fooling themselves.
We who understand the need for abortion availability can no longer sympathetically stand with Planned Parenthood or any other facility that finds itself in the crosshairs of abortion extremism. We must act on behalf of women and reproductive rights.
This week's episode of KCRWs "Scheer Intelligence" features Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer in conversation with Dennis Kucinich, Ohio's eight-term congressman and two-time Democratic presidential candidate, who reveals tales about the underbelly of politics going back to his days as the "Boy Mayor" of Cleveland on the late 1970s.
The power of the film is that it won't let us forget that it's within our power to avoid the worst consequences of climate change -- we need only choose to do so. That's important for all of us to remember, not just those who are tasked with reaching an agreement in Paris.
The scientific community agrees on a crucial fact: we must leave most remaining fossil fuels in the ground, or our children and future generations are screwed. Yet Obama is not proposing the action required for the essential change in energy policy direction.
As most people in government will tell you, passing the law is the easy part. The hard part is the implementation. Prop 47 is no exception, and Los Angeles County needs creative ideas to unlock the law's intended benefits.