The cynicism of anti-abortion crowd

There is a profound cynicism, an ugly, jarring hypocrisy, at the heart of the battle to end reproductive rights for women, and nowhere is that fraudulent politics more vividly on display than in Mississippi. The state which brings up the rear on virtually every measure of child vitality and well-being for which we have statistics […]

New Zealand gets guns right

The United States used to be the nation that others around the world admired — the trend-setter, the standard-bearer, the first among equals. But we’ve given away our place at the head of the table. Now those of us who long for a pluralistic democracy where diversity is respected, the commons is valued, civic virtues […]

Cheating your way into college

You’re shocked to learn that wealthy parents allegedly paid bribes to get their children into elite colleges? Really? You shouldn’t be. Wealthy parents have been paying big bucks — perfectly legally — to get their children accepted into prestigious colleges for decades. The family makes a huge donation and, suddenly, the kid who seemed headed […]

The costs of that climate ‘hoax’

A week ago, a series of tornadoes ripped through eastern Alabama and western Georgia, leaving a trail of death and destruction in their wake. A rural area of Lee County, Al. — the county is also home to my alma mater, Auburn University — caught the brunt of the killer storms, which left 23 people […]