Paul Haeder: You don’t end up rape-plowed and drug-induced and violence-taught and then seek some monk’s or nun’s sense of the world, justice, and reclamation.
Mark Naison: People are afraid to go to and from work, to go to the corner store, to send their kids to school.
Tom Hall: As we move toward laws allowing an even greater suffusion of firearms throughout every level of society, we should be horrified at the thought of angry young men being taught that violence is a proper way to oppose speech.
Jack Payden-Travers: Our nation has the distinction of being the only country in the Western Hemisphere still carrying out executions.
Skip Hickambottom and Dale Gronemeier: The uninitiated might believe it preposterous that a Cat on an Abstract could cause mighty men to tremble.
Rachel Halfrida Cunliffe: In due course, under the right conditions Roof might be brought to a fuller acknowledgement of the harm he has done and then could participate in restorative justice and reparative initiatives.
Laura Finley: No, you should not be allowed to work with communities you describe with disdain, disrespect, or prejudice, let alone work there with the authority of the state to carry and use a lethal weapon.
Walter Brasch: This year, the religious right focused their anger at coffee, protesting the decision by Starbucks to place its green and white logo on red coffee cups instead of cups that featured traditional symbols.
Mark Bowen: Funny, isn’t it, how we didn’t hear anybody on the right saying that a governor shouldn’t be allowed to make any major changes to his state in the last year of his term…?
Jasmyne Cannick: Dylann Roof chose his victims based off of their race, which is similar to gang members who oftentimes choose their prey by race and gang affiliation.
Walter Brasch: Trump’s knowledge of the Constitution isn’t as important as his attorney general’s enforcement of Trump’s political beliefs. Most attorney generals have been apolitical; Trump’s nomination may not be.
Judith Lewis Mernit: Even in states where marijuana has been legal several years running, the marijuana economy still occupies a shadowy place in the law enforcement landscape.
Ernest Canning: Prohibition, whether applied to alcohol or to other “narcotics” has, at best, repeatedly proven to be an inordinately expensive abject failure that is destructive of the lives of those who partake of the forbidden fruit.