Oklahoma!

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Oklahoma City Bombing — In carefully planned rows facing the pool, sit 168 empty chairs with the names of everyone killed that day.

Thanksgiving in the Kitchen

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Steve Hochstadt: Cooking and talking, bumping into one another constantly, checking each other’s dishes, cleaning up and making a mess again – it brings us all together with a common purpose and a shared understanding of who our family is, what we believe in, and what we want to eat.

The Website That Didn’t Work

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Steve Hochstadt: The Obama administration failed to deliver what it promised. Republican obstructionism contributed to the failure. But now more people who are eligible are enrolling for Medicaid. People who have signed up are already saving money on insurance.

The Beauty of the Liberal Arts

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Steve Hochstadt: So why does the right wing hate institutions of higher education? One reason is that many courses deal with subjects that make extreme conservatives uncomfortable. Biologists teach evolution, not creationism. Scientists believe that global warming is caused by human action. Men and women are treated equally in the content of our courses.

Is the Crisis Really Over?

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Steve Hochstadt: Despite the billions in damage to our economy that the shutdown caused and the unanimous warnings from economists across the world that a government default would create much worse damage, Republican politicians did not budge.

Aaron Schock, You’re Costing Us Money!

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Steve Hochstadt: Republicans have been saying that are saving money by shutting the government down, they all voted to give all furloughed government workers back pay when the shutdown is over, negating all of those savings.

Trickle Down Poverty

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Steve Hochstadt: Republicans are trying to slash the programs which have allowed most people who fell into poverty during the recession to get out of it.

Dreaming of Moral Leadership

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Steve Hochstadt: As Americans recognized the hatefulness of discrimination and the ethical superiority of the movement for civil rights, King’s dreams have become plausible goals.

Between Treason and Privacy

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Steve Hochstadt: Has he weakened America? Is our society weaker now that we know more about what our government has been doing for years, still is doing, and wants to keep doing?

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.

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

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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.

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.

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?

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