Citizens Must Demand Responsibility

A paradoxical relationship exists between American cultural life and our economic well being. On one hand, anecdotal evidence abounds testifying to America’s cultural decline at the end of the millennium. On the other hand, the Dow Jones average, one of many economic indicators, is at historically high levels. Since 1960, our gross domestic product . . . → Read More: Citizens Must Demand Responsibility

Chain Gangs Newest Wedge Issue

Today, Alabama confines 19,838 prisoners. We house these inmates in 18 major inmate facilities, 2 work camps, and 11 work release centers. According to Department of Corrections Researcher, Thomas Gilkerson, the racial makeup of Alabama’s inmate population is 60/40 black to white for the male population and about the same ratio for the 1,100 female inmates. When asked if the Department of Corrections had an explanation for a 60 percent non-white incarceration rate given that population of the state is only 25 percent non-white, Mr. Gilkerson said that the department didn’t have any specific information based on research by their department. He felt that the disproportionally high rate of non-whites in Alabama prisons reflects the high rate of black on black crime in the state. . . . → Read More: Chain Gangs Newest Wedge Issue

Gingrich May Be Perfect for the Task

Much has been written about the scrappy legislator from Georgia, Newt Gingrich, who as the next speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives intends to ‘change welfare as we know it.’ To that end, the incoming Republican majority in the new congress has drafted legislation, “The Personal Responsibility Act.” Mr. Gingrich has pledged to . . . → Read More: Gingrich May Be Perfect for the Task

Remember Father’s Day

Father’s Day is a day society sets aside to celebrate the concept of Fatherhood. On Father’s Day, we recognize those men who chose to be fathers. Yes, Fatherhood is a deliberate choice made by a man, who may or may not be a biological parent. Each of us has a male biological contribution to . . . → Read More: Remember Father’s Day

A Birthday Tribute to Virginia Foster Durr

Virginia Durr at her birthday party in 1993

Studs Terkel characterized Virginia Foster Durr in the introduction to her autobiography, Outside The Magic Circle, as a “well brought-up Southern white woman” who stepped outside the magic circle, abandoned privilege, and challenged the traditional Southern way of life. Were it not for Virginia’s work . . . → Read More: A Birthday Tribute to Virginia Foster Durr

Did Casey Cheat Death or The System?

Cosmas and Damian miraculously transplant the black leg of the Ethiopian onto the white body of the patient.

Most people don’t think much about organ transplantation¼ heart and liver transplants in particular. Yet, if you were Robert P. Casey, the 61 year old two-term governor of Pennsylvania, you would have had two years . . . → Read More: Did Casey Cheat Death or The System?

Wrong Criterion, Judge on Performance, Not Sexual Preference

By Major W. Cox

In an attempt to better understand the current emotional debate over homosexuals in the military, let’s take a moment to examine our ideological roots. The formative influences of Western civilization in the areas of morality and behavior stem from the Ancient Greeks and Jews. The Greeks gave us . . . → Read More: Wrong Criterion, Judge on Performance, Not Sexual Preference

Protect, Support Fatherhood

Father’s Day is a day society sets aside to celebrate the concept of Fatherhood. On Father’s Day, we recognize those men who chose to be fathers. Yes, Fatherhood is a deliberate choice made by a man, who may or may not be a biological parent. Each of us has a male biological . . . → Read More: Protect, Support Fatherhood