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Friday, October 31, 2014

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Slices of Life: In Search of fitness

Slices of Life: In Search of fitness

    By: Jill Pertler     I’m seeking fitness. Again. You haven’t seen him, have you? It’s a recurring theme in my life. I seek fitness. I find fitness (sort of). Time passes. Fitness, fickle friend that he is, hides from me, and the game begins anew. Olly olly oxen free! When things first begin to slide, I attempt to ignore the circumstances by pretending fitness is still in the room right by my side. Then I opt for the position that fitness is ... Full Story

A Technology World

  By Daris Howard   I had been grading papers all day, and I was exhausted. As the work day ended and I left my office, it felt good to step out into the fresh air. I decided to take a longer route to the parking lot to see if I could clear the cobwebs from my head. As I turned the last corner, about 100 yards from where I was parked, I joined a couple of young men who were coming from the lower part of campus. Their clothes were rough and their appearance unkempt. They ... Full Story

Slices of Life: There’s an app for that

Slices of Life: There’s an app for that

    By: Jill Pertler   I come from a generation where an application was something you filled out when you wanted a job. TV (all five channels of it) was in 2D. Phones were unitaskers and could hardly be described as smart. Times have changed. At least they are changing at my house. This week, we got our first smartphone – which, by logical inference, makes us a “smartfamily.” Or, since the phone belongs to my husband, maybe he’s the smart one. ... Full Story

Troy Davis Should Not Be Put to Death

Troy Davis Should Not Be Put to Death

          By John W. Whitehead September 14, 2011 "Troy Davis has three major strikes against him. First, he is an African-American man. Second, he was charged with killing a white police officer. And third, he is in Georgia."—Author and journalist Amy Goodman There is nothing moral or just about the death penalty—certainly not the way it is implemented in America, and anyone who says otherwise is either deluding themselves or trying to ... Full Story

VICTORY: Affirming Free Speech,

VICTORY: Affirming Free Speech,

  Circuit Court Judge Dismisses Case Against Iraq War Veteran Charged with Disorderly Conduct  RICHMOND, Va. — In a victory for free speech, Judge Stoudt of the Circuit Court for the City of Richmond has dismissed the Commonwealth of Virginia's case against Nathan Cox, an Iraq War veteran and civil activist, who was issued a citation for disorderly conduct after he used a bullhorn to call out to a police officer who appeared to be conducting a traffic stop, remarking, "Stop harassing ... Full Story

Slices of life: When is 9/11?

Slices of life: When is 9/11?

By: Jill Pertler   “When is 9/11?” The question comes from my youngest son. I tell him the day is next Sunday. The answer isn’t what he’s looking for. “When was the first one?” he asks. I know what he’s getting at: When did the date September 11 become the number 9/11 – with connotations more far-reaching than any of us could fathom? “It was before you were born,” I say, remembering my protruding belly that morning as I watched the early news and ... Full Story

Ten Years After 9/11

Ten Years After 9/11

 Have We Become the Enemy of Freedom? By John W. Whitehead September 6, 2011 When the World Trade Center crumbled to the ground on September 11, 2001, it took with it any illusions Americans might have harbored about the nation's invincibility, leaving many feeling vulnerable, scared and angry. Yet in that moment of weakness, while most of us were still reeling from the terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of some 3,000 Americans, we managed to draw strength from and comfort each ... Full Story

Where have all the heroes gone?

Rev. James L. Snyder In celebrating the 10th anniversary of one of the most horrific events in the history of the United States one cannot help but reflect back on the past decade. We have come a long way, but I am wondering if we have gone the right way. My wife and I were thinking about this the other night and she startled me with a question. Most of the time she just startles me, but this time she had substance in the form of a question. "I wonder," she said rather thoughtfully, ... Full Story

Media choice: Economics or Bachmann’s outfit?

Media choice: Economics or Bachmann’s outfit?

  The election game is back as the media turns away from political economics and towards the banality of politicians.   "]And so it came to pass, as predicted, projected, and warned about, that the economy is about to tank again. No less an authority than Nouriel Roubini, once dismissed as "Dr Doom" for his predictions - entirely accurate - of the 2008 financial crisis, is shaking his head and pointing his finger again. In intellectual circles, there is more and more talk ... Full Story

The Military Industrial Complex: The Enemy from Within

The Military Industrial Complex: The Enemy from Within

      By John W. Whitehead July 11, 2011     “Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes … known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.… No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”—James Madison   “When a nation becomes ... Full Story

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