The earliest settlers came to North America to escape government persecution from the Christian religion. A century later, they formed a republic government with limited powers, with the states retaining freedom of religious beliefs. Thomas Jefferson is credited with use of phrase “separation of church and state.” Then in 1878, in Reynolds v. United States, the Supreme Court first interpreted The Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
A United Nations Global Trends survey released Monday reported that the world reached in 2015 an all-new high in refugees and internally displaced persons, a total of 65 million, with another 19 million forced to move by natural disasters.
My fellow Georgians who are members of the other party, I am writing to try to convince you to vote Democratic for president in the November election — for the good of the nation, the world, and even the Republican Party. If you had chosen anyone other than Donald Trump, I would not be making this case.
I don’t have to tell you that, as human beings, we make a lot of distinctions regarding one another. We’re constantly categorizing and grouping people in all sorts of ways, using various criteria to make our distinctions: rich, poor, old, young, male, female, white collar, blue collar, etc.
Europe’s travails run wide and deep. The European Union has careened from one financial crisis to the next. The exodus of migrant refugees from the Middle East and North Africa has overwhelmed EU nations and stoked caustic nationalism across the continent. Terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels have further eroded what once was Europe’s rock-solid sense of security.
On a Montana morning the scape unfolds like an impressionistic painting, with more shades and hues than a giant box of Crayola. The sun rises gauzy over the horizon. Here under the Big Sky, uncounted sunsets have flamed and died.
In the last year, the Chinese authorities have cracked down on Hong Kong’s once-raucous publishing industry. At least five prominent booksellers have disappeared — one from a busy Hong Kong street, another from a border area and one at a seaside apartment in Thailand. Others were picked up after crossing into China for personal or professional business.
Help wanted: Seasoned Republican politician with Washington experience. Must have high energy, conservative credentials and a strong stomach. Job requires working for mercurial boss who provokes needless crises without warning. On paper, you’ll be his deputy, but this chief executive prides himself on ignoring others’ advice. The successful candidate will roll with the punches and subordinate his/her public image to the boss’s whims. Four-year, no-exit contract; once you’re in, you’re in.
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which carry the Zika virus, are kind of like dogs. OK, the analogy isn’t perfect. Dogs don’t fly, and they don’t suck blood, and they don’t lay eggs. But like our canine pals, Aedes aegypti started out wild and got domesticated.
Given the need for extraordinary coverage of the massive tragedy that unfolded in Orlando, it’s little wonder if you missed the details out of the United State of Women summit that First Lady Michelle Obama put on in Washington last week.
I have friends in Dallas and Houston, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Minneapolis, as well as Hazlehurst and Folkston, Georgia, and I would be embarrassed for any of them to see the front page headline in my hometown newspaper:
I just finished reading a column by Charles Krauthammer on how the voters get what they vote for. I came away with (the idea) that he can’t bring himself, because of conscience, to vote for Trump. It’s assumed that Krauthammer is a Republican, but his core is offended by Donald Trump’s life’s work to date.
A new flag of the United States of America in its grand beauty is flying high on top of Jackson Hill. This flag represents the veterans and citizens of our great nation who worked and fought for our freedom.
“Not one gun owner I’ve ever known, when asked if they would give a weapon to a known violent person has ever said yes … not one. But, they expect and demand that a stranger with known violent tendencies have unfettered rights to lethal weapons.”
Hillary Clinton is safely on her way to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia as the party’s presumptive nominee for president, but that doesn’t mean she’s clinched the deal with skeptical voters.
Working in concert, science and government can save lives. A classic case: Federally funded research has shaped policies that have slashed the number of auto fatalities, even as more Americans are driving more miles every year.
Granted, Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois is in a very tight re-election race against Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth. Unlike many of his Capitol Hill colleagues, Kirk must be extra careful not to alienate swing voters. So perhaps Kirk didn’t have to muster much intestinal fortitude to declare that he “cannot and will not support” presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Even as Hillary Clinton’s clinching of the Democratic presidential nomination heralded a historic opening of the nation’s highest office to half the population, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump was sounding a dramatic retreat from our halting, hard-won progress toward truly representative government.
“Freedom of speech is in retreat,” the cover story for The Economist proclaimed last week. While the article acknowledged that technology has greatly empowered people to express themselves as never before, and that the world as a whole is freer than it was during the depths of the Cold War, it also revealed the disturbing trend of increased censorship and other restrictions on freedom of speech and freedom of the press in recent years.