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Opinion: Bigotry needs to be proven like anything else in court of law

I have renewed respect for Keith Ellison. The former congressman and current Attorney General of Minnesota appeared on “60 Minutes” recently and said he didn’t charge Derek... — Updated 5/8/2021


Opinion: Peaceful protests may become a pipe dream

When the Nazis wanted to march through Skokie, Ill., many of the residents were horrified. A large percentage were Jewish, and some had been interned in concentration camps. The mem... — Updated 5/1/2021


Opinion: Can't support police without noting failures

At a time when police are being attacked on all sides for brutality, racism, recklessness and all sorts of social sins and criminal acts, I hesitate to write this column. I... — Updated 4/24/2021


Opinion: Elizabeth and Philip: Example of true love

The first person I thought about when I heard that Prince Philip had died was Elizabeth, a queen in the greater world but only and always a wife to the man who’d been by her side... — Updated 4/17/2021


Criticisms of Georgia's voting law ring hollow

I am so glad the whole white supremacy and gun nut narrative is over, so we can get back to the one about voter suppression. Those horrific shootings late last month diverted our... — Updated 4/10/2021


Opinion: Marijuana is gateway to DUIs and other drugs

Tom Wolf, lame-duck governor of Pennsylvania, announced on Twitter that he wanted the commonwealth to legalize pot. His comment was hailed as timely, necessary and courageous by... — Updated 4/3/2021


Opinion: Vatican's stance on same-sex unions no real surprise

The Vatican came out this month and confirmed that it would not be “blessing” same-sex unions, a move that should have surprised no one. The church changes certain things all th... — Updated 3/27/2021


Opinion: Vaccine comes at expense of lost lives

I’m pretty open about my pro-life views. I want abortion criminalized, banned and recognized as an act of inhumanity. I agree with Mother Theresa that “abortion has become the... — Updated 3/20/2021


Opinion: Scrubbing old Seuss texts quiet form of censorship

I do not like green eggs and ham I do not like their colors, ma’am I only sup on rainbow fish I like a multi-colored dish I will not swallow things too white But chocolate milk... — Updated 3/13/2021


Opinion: Conservatives need to fight back against being silenced

I was once fired by an employer because they did not like the way I tweeted. They had no problem with the way other people at this same enterprise tweeted, they just didn’t like... — Updated 3/6/2021 Full story


Opinion: No good reason to celebrate death of Rush Limbaugh

Death is the one human experience that connects everyone, regardless of color, creed, class or bank account. The inequity comes only in its manner and timing. For Ted Flowers, my... — Updated 2/27/2021


Opinion: Greene and her beliefs deserve no defense

The worst thing to happen in my lifetime was the massacre of 20 children almost a decade ago. The current controversy of the Capitol riots, the Antifa uprisings this summer, the... — Updated 2/13/2021


Opinion: America could use another political hero

Alexei Navalny is what we need — but no longer have — in the United States: A political hero. We have politicians, some better than others. But each one of them, from the lowlie... — Updated 2/6/2021


Opinion: Joe Biden isn't representative of Catholic faith

I am not the pope. I was never a nun. I am barely a good Catholic, even though I do the absolute minimum to keep my club membership current. I am, however, a skilled detector of... — Updated 1/30/2021


Opinion: Canceling conservative voices smacks of totalitarianism

People often try and sound profound by quoting Santayana’s apocryphal statement, “Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” But Santayana had his finger on... — Updated 1/23/2021


Opinion: Race had nothing to do with Capitol assault

Why should we be surprised that at a time when everything is supposed to be about race, from the skin color of certain newspaper editors forced to resign to whether we should... — Updated 1/16/2021


Opinion: Left's behavior toward death of congressman-elect toxic

My father had terminal lung cancer. He fought like a Spartan at Thermopylae, his body riddled with chemo and radiation, his stomach filled with macrobiotic foods lovingly prepared... — Updated 1/9/2021


Opinion: Title IX should protect only biological women

Civil rights legislation always has its genesis in humanitarian principles: Protecting the weak, advocating for the voiceless, providing opportunities for the disenfranchised. The C... — Updated 1/2/2021


Opinion: Vaccine priority arguments have tinge of eugenics

I have always thought that Planned Parenthood got a pass on its origins. While most people know that Margaret Sanger was an avid eugenicist, defenders of the organization she... — Updated 12/26/2020


Opinion: Magic of Christmas common sense, decency

We are just past the anniversary of the most horrific gun massacre in the history of the United States. This time of year, I'm overwhelmed with the memory of those little boys and... — Updated 12/19/2020


Opinion: Keep dissent to what is necessary, appropriate

I have been pretty honest and clear about my refusal to sing Kumbaya with the other side on policy. But I’m not willing to demonize people with whom I disagree in areas where... — Updated 12/12/2020


Opinion: Erasing white voices not answer

People might get tired of stories about my father Ted and his summer in Mississippi. They might roll their eyes when I, once again, write about how he faced hostility and the KKK... — Updated 12/5/2020


Opinion: Crusade to close schools unnecessary

In the suburbs of Philadelphia, Montgomery County’s Board of Health issued an order by unanimous vote this month to shut down all in-person learning at school for two weeks. The r... — Updated 11/28/2020


Opinion: This time, #Resistance will be better dressed

A few days after the election, when things were still a bit murky, I made an offhand remark to some friends about what kind of hat I should crochet for the march that would be takin... — Updated 11/21/2020


Opinion: Philadelphia striking blow for religious freedom

Philadelphia often makes national news for unfortunate reasons, like bombing its own neighborhoods, rioting in its streets, pelting Santa with snowballs, and threatening the Boy... — Updated 11/14/2020


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