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SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2018

Kathleen Parker: To mock or mentor, that is the question at Marquette University

There are few sympathetic characters in the landmark lawsuit between Marquette University and a suspended professor that’s heading later this month to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The professor, John McAdams, is suing the university for indefinitely suspending him without pay, allegedly in violation of a contractually binding guarantee of free speech and academic liberty. McAdams, 72, was first suspended after he posted on his blog a graduate student-teacher’s name and contact information, along with a mocking critique of her having allegedly stifled a class discussion of same-sex marriage.

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Look to the Swiss

Gun violence is an American leading cause of death. So why not institute policies of gun-friendly countries such as Switzerland?

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NRA transformations

The NRA's response to the "March for our lives" movement, speaking out to diminish the students' experience, and saying the survivors are strictly pawns in anti-gun propaganda machine, is bullying the victim.

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Passions clouding gun policy

There are times when being too close to an issue can cause contextual blindness. Despite the best of intentions, caring too much about something can often leave someone vulnerable to rash decisions with unintended consequences. It is for this reason that physicians cannot treat their immediate family members.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2018


Marc A. Thiessen: Trump is threatening to repeat Obama’s mistakes

During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump excoriated President Barack Obama for “the way he got out of Iraq,” which Trump said “was the founding of” the Islamic State. As president, Trump reiterated during a meeting with Iraq’s prime minister that “we should never ever have left. A vacuum was created.” Trump was right. Obama’s withdrawal did create a vacuum the Islamic State quickly filled. So why is Trump now threatening to repeat Obama’s mistakes by withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria?

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Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan: Red for Ed: The teachers’ red state revolt rolls on

If you drive the southern route between Frankfort, the capital of Kentucky, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, your halfway point will be Memphis, Tennessee. The route forms an arc, a shape on the minds of many on this 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Paraphrasing the abolitionist Theodore Parker, Dr. King famously said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” King was gunned down on April 4, 1968, while supporting striking sanitation workers in Memphis. Half a century later, thousands of teachers are on strike from Kentucky to Oklahoma. The night before he was killed, Dr. King gave one of his best-known, most prophetic speeches. He declared, “I have been to the mountaintop,” but earlier in the speech, King, an ardent union activist, spoke to the striking sanitation workers he was in Memphis to support: “Whenever you are engaged in work that serves humanity and is for the building of humanity, it has dignity, and it has worth. You are reminding not only Memphis, but you are reminding the nation, that it is a crime for people to live in this rich nation and receive starvation wages.”

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Brown and public access

Having recently attended forums for both Rep Cathy McMorris Rodgers and candidate Lisa Brown, I am struck by the marked contrast between how each approaches their constituents.

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Chief of police overtime

Why does the chief of police get paid for overtime ("$12M was paid in 2017 for city overtime. Why?," March 24, 2018)? Isn't he on a fixed yearly salary, and if he has to spend a few more hours a week working, doesn't it come with the job title? I'd love to work eight hours a day in management, then watch the clock tick away after those eight hours at time and a half! Who authorizes the overtime?

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CMR still accepting NRA funds

Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers recently refused to stop accepting contributions from the National Rifle Association, stating that "what the NRA does is protect the rights of law-abiding citizens to own guns." No, congresswoman, what the NRA does is to act as a de facto trade association for the firearms industry, opposing even common-sense provisions like universal background checks that are supported by 75 percent of NRA members, so that gun manufacturers can sell more guns.

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HydroOne concerns

HydroOne - the quasi-private/public utility company that is 47 percent owned by the province of Ontario - is very close to becoming the new owner of Avista.

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Blogs


Keeping an eye on it…

This is my last post here, but starting Monday, I’ll be blogging at idahopress.com/eyeonboise in my new position as Boise bureau chief and state capital reporter for the Idaho Press-Tribune ...


What would you have said to Nixon?

If you had bumped into President Richard Nixon when he was in Spokane to open Expo '74 on May 4 of that year, what would you have said to him?