France’s Cartoonists and Murder

Hebdo Cartoonists Murdered

-+*Daryl Cagle: Today we are are grieving, but as we move forward, I hope that our cartoons won’t be chilled by these murders and that the cartooning community will step up to this challenge with even more brilliant and insightful work

Time to Revive the Police Athletic League?

Police Athletic League

-+*Mark Naison: One great way to have police be more responsive and caring and knowledgeable in communities they patrol is to have them involved with neighborhood youth off the job.

10 Questions for Conservatives

Questions for Conservatives

-+*Lawrence Wittner: Now that the Republican Party―the conservative voice in mainstream U.S. electoral politics―has attained the most thoroughgoing control of Congress that it has enjoyed since 1928, it’s an appropriate time to take a good look at modern conservatism.

Make Commitments, Not Resolutions

Commitments Not Resolutions

-+*Laura Finley: We set ourselves up to fail, and when we do, our self-esteem tanks, making us even less motivated than we were before making the resolution.

Remembering Mario Cuomo

Remembering Mario Cuomo

-+*Larry Wines: In the midst of the Reagan rhetoric about America as “a shining city on a hill,” Mario Cuomo reminded us of the truth, that America was much more “A tale of two cities.”

The New Year: Corruption of the Norm?

Building a Communal Identity

-+*Rudy Acuña: History tells us that as the norms shift right belief systems change and corruption is more acceptable, e.g., the Gilded Age, the 1920s, 1950s and the worst of times — today.

Not Ready for Rudy

Foolish Rudy Giuliani

-+*Lance Simmens: We need a presidential commission on race akin to the Kerner Commission that attempted to dig deeply into the structural and systematic racism that helped prompt urban unrest in the 1960s.

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa

Is Santa Real

-+*Steve Hochstadt: Most Christmas movies, especially the older ones I love, like “Miracle on 34th Street”, not only assume that Santa is real, but that all good people will eventually come to believe that.

News of Republican Party’s Demise Greatly Exaggerated

Republican Demise Greatly Exaggerated

-+*Joseph Palermo: Washington Republicans have shown a willingness to damage the country so long as they see it as politically advantageous to their party. The belief that changing demographics are going to thrust the Democrats into a dominant position in national elections might be wishful thinking.

Who Cares About Corruption?

Widespread Political Corruption

-+*Steve Hochstadt: Because the ability of the wealthy to buy American elections through campaign contributions is legal, it does not count in international comparisons of corruption.