Category Archives: Veterans

Forgiving Fred Phelps

Fred Phelps, one of the most reviled men in the United States, died last week. Mr. Phelps was the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, a virulently homophobic organization known for its “God Hates Fags” slogan. Members of the Westboro … Continue reading

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Safety Shutdown

Unless a miracle happens, but the time this commentary airs on Northeast Public Radio, the US federal government will enter its tenth day of shutdown. Nearly 800,000 workers will remain furloughed, important social service and educational programs will remain unfunded, … Continue reading

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Feeding the Poor is a SNAP

Political brinksmanship now seems as inevitable as the changing of the seasons. Currently, our illustrious leaders in Washington are playing a game of chicken, with House Republicans threatening to shut down the federal government and default on the national debt … Continue reading

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Sweeping Sand Under the Rug

This past weekend was the Memorial Day holiday, traditionally marking the official start of the summer season. But Memorial Day is more than just barbeques with friends and three-day sales at local department stores. Memorial Day is also the day … Continue reading

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Caring for the Invisible Wounds of War

Earlier this month, the world reacted in horror to reports that a large number of Afghan civilians — primarily women and children — were killed by an American soldier. According to the US Army, Staff Sergeant Robert Bales twice left … Continue reading

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Justice for Those Who Serve

Americans observed Independence Day earlier this week, celebrating over two centuries of unprecedented freedom and prosperity with fireworks and barbecues. These 235 years of liberty come at a cost, paid in blood and tears by our soldiers and their families. … Continue reading

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