Culture

Why Most of Us Think It’s Silly to Remove Wilder’s Name from A Children’s Literature Award

Recently, the Association for Library Service to Children renamed the award it gives authors or illustrators whose books “have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.” This award used to be called the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, but the association’s board decided …

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Try As We Might, It Won’t Be Easy to Abandon Our Religious Identity

The number of self-proclaimed Christians is shrinking in America. I’ve been collecting data on this trend for over ten years, and the surveys reveal an important truth: Fewer people claim a Christian affiliation than ever before, and those who claim no religious affiliation are the fastest growing group in America. …

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Why Suicide Rates May Rise as Christianity Wanes

The recent suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have renewed a national conversation about suicide and it’s causes. As a homicide detective, I saw an increase in our local suicide rate first-hand over a fifteen year period, and a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

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I Know What Motivated the Last School Shooter… and What Will Motivate the Next One

In the days following a recent school shooting (this one in Santa Fe, Texas), family members, friends and investigators found themselves searching for illusive answers. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott summarized the effort: “Unlike Parkland, unlike Sutherland Springs, there were not those types of warning signs. The red-flag warnings were either nonexistent …

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Why Winning the Lottery Is Dangerous

Not long ago, a single ticketholder won the Pennsylvania Powerball jackpot valued at 456.7 million dollars, becoming an instant millionaire like few others in the history of state lotteries. Are you feeling a bit envious? Don’t be. Winning the lottery can be bad for your health, in more ways than …

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You Can Ban All the Symbols, But Without God, There Wouldn’t Be a Classroom

Across the country, school districts are removing symbols of religious belief. In Kenosha Wisconsin, for example, school authorities recently told a fourth-grade teacher to remove any “Christian symbolism” from her classroom, including a picture of the American flag that displayed the words “God Bless America.” In Glendale Arizona, school officials …

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The Shifts Behind the Shootings

During briefings as a patrol officer, I scanned the crime reports from the prior week, looking for patterns, trends and changes. If, for example, I discovered an increase in car burglaries on the west side of town, I would ask the simple question: What shifted in the past few weeks …

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Why We Find Police Cowardice So Offensive

Much has been written about the police officer who allegedly hid behind a concrete column rather than engage the killer at the recent Parkland, Florida school shooting. Further allegations have been levelled against additional officers who failed to enter the school. The first officer in question has been widely criticized …

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Why No One Should Be Surprised That A Killer Is Living Under Their Roof

In a recent interview with the South Florida Sun Sentinel, James and Kimberly Snead, the couple who took in the Florida school shooter after his own parents had died, said they were baffled and surprised that the high school student who had been living with them for nearly three months …

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