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In Fair Verona, a Fight for Family
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In Fair Verona, a Fight for Family

My husband and I touched down in Venice in late March, rented a Fiat 500, and drove through a rolling Italian countryside spotted with vineyards. Our destination was the medieval town of Verona.

Verona has become something of a political

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Persecuting Ann

Ann Coulter did not enjoy her stay in the land of Dudley Do-Right.  “Since arriving in Canada,” she wrote on her website on March 24, “I’ve been accused of thought crimes, threatened with criminal prosecution for speeches I hadn’t yet

Love Is a Decision
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Love Is a Decision

Small-town America is dying, but not without help.  According to Patrick Carr and Maria Kefalas, it takes effort to leave your home, and small towns are doing a fantastic job of encouraging their best and brightest to do just that.

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Mommy’s Eco-Scold

The scene opens with children at a playground, laughing and yelling as they swing and jump rope.  The camera zooms in on a dark-haired little girl, seven or eight years old, running her finger through a dirty puddle.  Suddenly, thunder

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Cash For Clunkers

When Alan Blinder first proposed the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS), commonly referred to as the Cash for Clunkers program, in a July 2008 New York Times op-ed, he foresaw benefits to the economy and the environment, and a “more

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Leaving the ECLA

The recent decision by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to ordain active homosexuals and adopt a more permissive attitude toward fornication has put many parish churches in the difficult position of choosing whether to remain in the ELCA. 

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Men in Power

In March, Steve Saltarelli, a junior Law, Letters, and Society major at the University of Chicago, wrote a satirical article for the student newspaper, the Chicago Maroon, entitled “Men in Power.”  The subtitle read, “True equality means groups that

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Campus Terror

At 3:00 p.m. on February 14, I was sitting in the political-science graduate assistants’ office in DuSable Hall at Northern Illinois University.  Ten of us were chatting, waiting for 3:30 classes.

At 3:10, my friend’s cell phone rang.  “Joe just

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Thoughts on Brown People

A nine-year-old boy in Phoenix earned a three-day suspension from the Abraham Lincoln Traditional School for committing a “hate crime,” reports the Arizona Republic.  The boy reportedly used the phrase “brown people” while arguing with another student.  He was

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Totally Awesome

A few nights ago, some friends and I were on our way to a small get-together.  As we ambled up the sidewalk, Rachel, whom I had met at the university I used to attend, commented that the neighborhood was rather

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You Can’t Always Get What You Want

My meeting with the college dean was a disillusioning experience.  I had figured that it would take about ten minutes to fill out the required paperwork to transfer from this private college to a state university, but, when I emerged