More Drug Testing Needed

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Steve Hochstadt: Research not only made no difference to the proponents of banning marijuana, they actively prevented any research from happening, just as the NRA has prevented research into the effects of guns on our society.

Weiner, McDonnell: Shut Up and Go Away!

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Steve Hochstadt: They want to be the center of attention, even if that attention focuses on their egotistical creepiness, their greed, and their colossally bad judgment.

Alzheimer’s: The Long Decline

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Steve Hochstadt: I hear myself and my middle-aged peers say that we do not want to continue living if we can no longer remember our names or recognize our children. But how is that to be accomplished?

Cutting Food Stamps

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Steve Hochstadt: Congressional Republicans say that reducing the national debt will save future generations from financial disaster. To do that, they are taking food off the table for today’s children. What kind of morality is that?

Hooray for Nature

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Steve Hochstadt: The last Congress was the first since 1966 not to protect a single additional acre of wilderness. Even after the sequester cut the budget of the National Park Service by 5%, Congress cut another $30 million in March.

All We Need Is Love

kamala harris gay marriage

Steve Hochstadt: I don’t feel homosexual love, but I love some homosexuals, in my family, among my colleagues and friends. Now the law can support that love, instead of condemning it. Love is the law.

Watch Your Mouth!

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Steve Hochstadt: Jim Allen has resigned his Republican Party office and Paula Deen’s show is being cancelled by the Food Network. The difference is that racist talk is no longer tolerated.

Fathers Are Forever

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Steve Hochstadt: The women’s liberation movement of the 1960s and 1970s finally made an issue of fathering. If women were going to get out of the house and into the workplace, men had to change their roles, too.

Public Fascination with Creeps: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!

anthony weiner

Steve Hochstadt: Abuse of public office, cheating on one’s wife, stealing people’s words and ideas and money are indicative of more serious moral failings. But these big liars have been successful in repackaging their immorality as simple errors.

Why Is America’s Relationship with Israel So Special?

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Steve Hochstadt: Does the economic development of Israel into one of the world’s richest nations suggest a shift in the nature of the relationship between the U.S. and Israel? Should wealthy Israelis shoulder more of the burden of supporting their own nation?

What’s Going On at UAardvark?

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Steve Hochstadt: Administrative malfeasance, corporate greed, and faculty passivity spin out of control at UAardvark, when a burnt-out, hard-drinking, lone wolf, formerly radical English professor, Jake Holland, decides to take on the military-industrial-academic complex that is ruining American education.

The Right to Privacy in the Age of Facebook

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Steve Hochstadt: Now the internet has once again burst the accepted bounds of community by allowing and encouraging interactions between people who have never met.

Pray Like I Do

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Steve Hochstadt: Americans typically know little about the nature of the Israeli state that we support so generously. Would Americans so willingly support a state that discriminates against women? Or that makes rules about how one must pray?

Play Ball, Jackie

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Steve Hochstadt: I don’t know how my parents’ political views, our family’s history during the Holocaust, rooting for the Brooklyn Dodgers, and Jackie’s own nobility and fearless civil rights activism mixed together to make me hate racism.

Terrorizing an American City

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Steve Hochstadt: If Adam Lanza had managed to leave Sandy Hook Elementary School and drive towards New York, an hour away, would that city have been shut down? Under what circumstances should our government close down a city? If the perpetrators were not born in the US? If they hate America, not just their neighbors? If they have bombs?

How Small Town Elections Keep Imbalance in Place

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Steve Hochstadt: The raw materials for a first-class educational system in Jacksonville are still here. A School Board which ignores half the city won’t be able to take advantage of them.

Creating Community, One Vote at a Time

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Steve Hochstadt: Democracy only happens when the voting system is open and free, when everybody has an equal vote, when the balloting is secret, when the counting of votes is honest.

Tipping Points

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Steve Hochstadt: TThe shifts away from conservative positions on gay and interracial marriage and immigration signal the decline in the attractiveness of major elements in traditional Republican ideology.

Saving Schools: Research Backs Ward-Based Idea

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Steve Hochstadt: The message from the proponents of at-large voting, at all the forums I have attended, is that the School Board has failed, but let’s do nothing. Let’s not change the voting system. And let’s not talk about anything else.

Why I Need Police Protection

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Steve Hochstadt: Extreme conservatives talk a lot about liberty. But their definition of liberty doesn’t always include my liberty. I want my police force to protect me from all kinds of threat, including those of the far right.

Do Clothes Demean the Woman?

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Steve Hochstadt: I have to admit that I’m still surprised to see bare breasts on a daily basis. Women’s chests are more on display than any time I can remember. I can’t think of any reason to prefer tight, low cut tops for indoor wear other than for display.

Is Health Care Too Expensive?

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Steve Hochstadt: If the public had perfect understanding of the elements that we examined, the proportion of Americans who favor “Obamacare” might increase from the current level of 32% to 70%.

Seeking True Representation

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Steve Hochstadt: Ward-based elections for School Board members would insure that each part of the city is represented. Campaigns in single wards are much cheaper to run, and elections would be determined by candidates who know each ward.

The Boy Scout Policy on Gays: Looking for Reason in the Middle

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Steve Hochstadt: Just because there is a long tradition of considering females and gays to be inferior and sinful, just because some of those traditions are religious, does not make that discrimination reasonable.

Women in Movies and Life

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Steve Hochstadt: Alison Bechdel published a comic strip entitled, “The Rule” in 1985 that sets a standard to determine if a movie is worth watching. The Bechdel test is just a reality check for whether a film portrays life as we know it.

What Ails American Higher Education?

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Steve Hockstadt: In recent decades, three major problems have developed in American universities which threaten the whole system: exorbitant funding of athletics, replacement of full-time faculty with temporary part-time staff, and the growth of for-profit institutions.

America’s Growing National Debt

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Steve Hochstadt: The total debt that American consumers have signed up for was about $11.3 trillion at end of 2012. About three-quarters of that comes from mortgages, with the rest on credit cards, from student loans, or as home equity loans.

Why Some Americans Want Big Guns

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Steve Hochstadt: Imaginary patriotism of right-wing extremists has been translated into a surge in demand for assault weapons, not for hunting or for protection against criminals, but to make war against our government.

Ghost of Christmas Presents

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Steve Hochstadt: Our family likes to eat, make and give good food. Homemade jams, granola and pickles were exchanged; during frequent breaks in present-opening, we ate freshly baked coffee cakes, thanks to my nieces.

All I Want for Christmas — Is a Gun

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Steve Hochstadt: Seeing men all around me carrying guns, or knowing that men at McDonalds, at the library, or at my school are carrying concealed weapons doesn’t make me feel safer.

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