Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King National Holiday It’s almost 47 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King on April 4, 1968. At the time of his death, Dr. King was 39. For his funeral, Coretta King, who had heard her husband foretell his death, arranged to have a recording played of Martin Luther’s “Drum...

Do Your Duty

I have been called to jury duty this week. It’s the second time in five years, which seems like an adequate waiting time between duties, but my last stint went on for 4 weeks, which definitely cramped my work/lifestyle. Though the call leads to initial feelings of being “too busy” to do this, seeing...

Trying Times

It can seem that the Middle East’s top two exports are archaeology and terrorism, so it’s nice to hear that it’s the antiquities that are booming in the headlines. A planned expansion to a museum has unearthed what may be the remains of Herod the Great’s palace. This could mean that...

Can You Legislate Immorality?

The city of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (the “Venice of America”), has made headlines over its arrest of 90-year-old Arnold Abbott, a chef whose crime is feeding the hungry. Mayor Jack Seiler has defended the city’s policy, saying, “It’s a public safety issue. It’s a public health...

Pope Vetoes Vito

In what was a move that perhaps ought not to have been shocking, Pope Francis made headlines last week by excommunicating the Mafia. The move came after an especially shocking drug-war-related hit that took the life of a 3-year-old boy and his grandfather in January. While it might seem naive to think that...

Charity

Charity is a word that, to some extent, has taken on negative connotation lately. To some, a charity is an organization whose mission is making money. A “charity case” is some poor soul we stoop down to assist—perhaps with a sense of superiority or pity. Then again, we might be on the receiving...

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