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Protests: Voice ideas, not idiocy

On April 15, Americans in cities across the country took to the streets. Revolution was in the air, and people were mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. Some were decked out in Revolutionary War uniforms, others screamed about fascism; these rabble-rousers were anything but former President Richard Nixon’s self-proclaimed “Silent Majority.” They were the tea-baggers – thousands of Americans who (here’s a shocker) don’t like taxes and more than likely didn’t come out on the winning side of the last presidential election. Read more

Commencement ceremonies: Without a prayer

On June 24, 1992, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Lee v. Weisman, a case regarding a school principal who had invited a rabbi to deliver a prayer at the 1989 graduation ceremony of Nathan Bishop Middle School. The court’s 5-4 decision ruled that prayer had no place in public school graduation ceremonies, and such actions constituted indirect coercion of students. Read more

Drug war: Just be thankful it’s almost over

In the summer of 1971, former President Richard Nixon launched the war on drugs, declaring drug abuse “public enemy No. 1.” Nearly four decades later, the war wages on in communities across the United States and guzzles up nearly $200 billion annually. Despite Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign and attempts to combat drug producers outside the U.S., the results have been futile. But the strategies used by law enforcement may soon change with President Barack Obama’s nomination of Gil Kerlikowske as drug czar. Read more