Columns

My Turn: A story worth repeating time and time again

July 31, 2020

Virtually everyone has read or heard a Horatio Alger story from that 19th century spinner of tales. The stories are invariably heart-warming tales of triumph starring a young boy who travels the road of rags-to-riches by advancing from poverty to wealth and ...

MY TURN: Dementia is a downhill course with no safety net

July 31, 2020

My father, who would have been 101 this year, never claimed to be photogenic. Of the photos of him that dot family albums, it appears mostly that he would much rather have been anywhere but within the reach of a camera lens. So, when he passed away 10 years ...

My Turn: The lighter side of going to court

July 31, 2020

There is a book, labeled “Disorder in the American Courts,” that has been making the editorial rounds, undoubtedly to offer a few laughs for those weighed down by all the bad news produced by the pandemic. To pique your interest, here are a few ...

Commentary: Disbanding the police isn't an option

July 31, 2020

“Dismantle our nation’s police departments.” That is the current chant of many of the protestors on the streets across America. Others are insisting law enforcement agencies have their budgets dramatically cut. Most recently, a majority ...

During the COVID-19 pandemic, is prison 'a death sentence' for correctional staff and our communities?

July 31, 2020

What happens in prison does not stay in prison. The cell blocks and bars give us a false sense of containment. Nothing could be further from the truth. According to the Justice Department, "The average time served by state prisoners released in 2016, ...

My Turn: July 4th holiday offered a special meaning in 2020

July 31, 2020

This year’s July 4th celebration – with a few inglorious exceptions – was muted by a virus that seems to have caught its second wind. Our nation’s 244th birthday would have coincided with the 98th for a man who embodied the ideals ...