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Robin Williams and depression: We all wear a mask

Smart, successful, funny and handsome. Robin Williams seemed to have it all. And yet, today he is dead. Apparently, by his own choice.

Political will is obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace

One of the cardinal lessons of international conflict resolution is that two fighting is worth more than negotiating.

Why government fails, and what we should do about it

As election season approaches, I’ve been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society.

LETTER: Israelis and Palestinians must share the land

I watched with horror as news footage of a battery of Israeli self propelled (SP) heavy artillery guns firing on Palestinian homes, schools and hospitals. I thought it uncivilized that such firepower could be unleashed on defenseless civilians including women ...

Cyber Child Abuse

Don't let technology take precedence over your children.

The high cost of injustice

What if we didn’t incarcerate people who commit non-violent crimes?

Pull up those saggy pants

A Florida town has banned people -- let's face it, young people -- from wearing saggy pants.

Are we doomed to polarization?

We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don’t much like the way it’s performing.

Common Core is killing american education

Recently, as I waited in line at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, my eyes drifted to a sample license plate on the wall that said "Education Begins At Home."

Straight-up talk about testosterone

It’s almost impossible to turn on the TV or open a newspaper (or website) without hearing about testosterone deficiency in men.

Losing Lebron: Reflections for peacemakers and educators

As a huge fan of the Miami Heat, my heart was broken twice this summer: First, when the team was overwhelmed by the San Antonio Spurs to lose the 2014 NBA finals, and again when Lebron James announced he is ...

LETTER: Impact of WWI on the Middle East

July 28, 2014, marks the one hundred year anniversary of the official start of WWI.

Urban poverty, in black and white

Say "urban poor," and the image that most likely comes to mind is one of young black men caught up in a swirl of drugs and violence and irresponsible single women having babies. But this pervasive stereotype overlooks a surprising ...

The Congressional Black Caucus has no conscience

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) describes itself as “the conscience of the U.S. Congress.” According to the dictionary, conscience is the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct or motives. Notice that the root of the ...

Debt settlement programs are misleading

You’ve probably heard the advertisements on urban radio urging consumers with at least $10,000 in debt to call a number right away for a financial rescue. Promising to end debt troubles by getting creditors to somehow accept less money than ...