Civil discourse crucial to democracy

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If you don’t believe in civil discourse, you don’t believe in democracy. Several weeks ago, I attended the 2017 Eugene J. McCarthy lecture featuring former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at St. John’s University. The theme for the evening’s conversation was “Conscience and Courage in Public Life,” rare qualities in today’s political culture. While Bush spoke on many topics, including Donald

Please, let’s learn about net neutrality

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As I have mentioned in many columns, the Internet and related technologies have massively changed how we live our lives. Shopping no longer requires us to be physically at a store, and a wealth of information is now available for all. However, this state of affairs may be about to change. Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission started to

College time brings excitement, stress

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The season has come again for talk of college and applications – millions of students writing applications and hopefully waiting for replies back from their favorite schools. It’s truly an exciting time, with a lot of work in picking schools, writing essays and filling in forms. The difference, though, is this year I am one of those students. It’s an

Chilling similarities to massacres

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Maybe too many people are too young to remember. Maybe too many older people are suffering from amnesia. But I, for one, remember Aug. 1, 1966 all too well. I remember it screaming from a huge headline in the Minneapolis Star and Tribune. It’s the day a deranged sniper shot to death 16 people and wounded 31 others from his

Should voting be required?

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In my social studies class this last week, I was reminded of an issue that comes up after every election here in the United States. Our country has one of the lowest voter turnouts in the developed world, as Canada and most European countries get well over 60 percent. The United States, by contrast, rarely gets over 50 percent except