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Thursday, February 08, 2018

DR. GARY S. SMITH: FAITH AND THE NFL

After the Philadelphia Eagles’ thrilling victory over the New England Patriots in the 2018 Super Bowl, faith was front and center. In response to being awarded the Lombardi Trophy at…...

Monday, January 29, 2018

DR. JAMES THRASHER: COLLEGE IS ABOUT MORE THAN SIMPLY GETTING A JOB

I recently spoke with a college-bound student and his mother in my career services office. These types of meetings have significantly increased in the last few years as families want…...

Thursday, January 25, 2018

DR. MARK HENDRICK: TRUMPS FIRST-YEAR ECONOMIC RECORD

In an article written 10 days after President Donald Trump’s election victory, I commented on the drop in the price of gold, which was mirrored by a spike in the…...

Monday, January 22, 2018

DR. EARL TILFORD: NORTH KOREA - AVOID A NEEDLESS WAR

“To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.” —Sun Tzu The recent bogus Hawaiian nuclear alert puts the smoldering crisis with North Korea in perspective. Although most…...

Friday, January 19, 2018

DR. PAUL KENGOR: WINSTON CHURCHILL’S DARKEST HOUR

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator. Last Saturday I dropped off my two oldest sons and their friend at the theatre. I…...

Friday, January 05, 2018

DR. GARY WELTON: THE POLITICAL INTRIGUE OF 1968 - FIFTY YEARS AND COUNTING

My political interests were sparked at age 11, half a century ago, during one of the most interesting campaign seasons in recent American history. In my home we had neither…...

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

DR. BRIAN DELLINGER: NO NEUTRAL GROUND - THE PROBLEM OF NET NEUTRALITY

On November 21, the Federal Communications Commission announced plans to revisit its Obama-era internet regulations. It seems likely that the resulting vote will repeal the policies often referred to as…...

Thursday, December 21, 2017

DR. JOHN SPARKS: FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND FORCED UNION PAYMENTS: JANUS V. AFSCME

Unions have been on the decline since 1954—which was their high point in membership as a percentage of the workforce. Today, unions represent a paltry 6.4 % of private sector…...

Monday, December 18, 2017

RICHARD D. KOCUR: JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED

While the Republican Congress remains paralyzed over how to repeal and replace Obamacare, recent activity among two of the healthcare industry’s largest players could signal a new approach to delivering…...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

DR. PAUL KENGOR: REMEMBERING FIDEL CASTRO’S DEATH

Editor’s note: A shorter version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. This past week marked the anniversary of the death of Fidel Castro, our hemisphere’s worst dictator…...

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

DR. GARY S. SMITH: CELEBRATING UNIVERSAL CHILDREN’S DAY

The celebration of United Nations’ Universal Children’s Day on November 20 should prompt us to consider the plight of the world’s children and commit ourselves to working to give them…...

Friday, November 03, 2017

RICHARD D. KOCUR: DO NO HARM - WHAT WOULD HIPPOCRATES THINK?

A core tenant of the pledge taken by all physicians is their promise first and foremost to do no harm. A physician’s vow to care for patients in a manner…...

Friday, October 27, 2017

DR. JOHN SPARKS: COLORADO’S “HALF-BAKED” DECISION

Who would have guessed that the religious liberty and free-speech rights of Americans would be tested in a dispute over the baking of a wedding cake? A case will be…...

Monday, October 16, 2017

DR. GEORGE VAN PELT CAMPBELL: THE NASHVILLE STATEMENT: WHY I SIGNED

The Nashville Statement is a recent document addressing contemporary issues of sexuality and affirming traditional Christian views. It has been signed by a significant number of Christian leaders. Unfortunately, as…...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

NEW YORK TIMES: COMMUNISM “MADE LIFE BETTER” FOR CHINESE WOMEN

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator. I recently wrote about a shocking piece in the New York Times peddling a line we literally…...

Monday, September 25, 2017

MARLON “BIG DOG” BROWN: A STORY OF HOPE AND REDEMPTION

I recently had the privilege of sharing two meals with Marlon “Big Dog” Brown and hearing him tell his life story and describe his work in Memphis, Tennessee. At 6…...

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

DR. PAUL KENGOR: FORGOTTEN CONSERVATIVE: REMEMBERING GEORGE SCHUYLER

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator. It was 40 years ago, August 31, 1977, that George Schuyler died. He has been largely forgotten,…...

Thursday, August 24, 2017

RICHARD KUCOR: AMERICA’S CHARLIE GARD? THINK AGAIN…THE VALUE OF FREE-MARKET HEALTHCARE

In late July, Charlie Gard, the baby stricken with the rare and typically fatal genetic disorder known as Mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome, died. Charlie was at the center of a…...

Monday, August 14, 2017

DR. DAVID HOGSETTE: RELEVANCE OF THE 2009 MANHATTAN DECLARATION

The public square is a hostile environment of competing identity politics. However, not all identities are treated equally. Those adhering to Christian orthodoxy do not enjoy the same respect, dignity,…...

Thursday, August 10, 2017

DR. MARK HENDRICK: THE “SUMMER OF LOVE” - A HALF-CENTURY LATER

For the baby-boomer generation (or at least the counterculture segment within it) the summer of 1967 became known as The Summer of Love. Actually, most of us boomers never experienced…...

Monday, August 07, 2017

DR. PAUL KENGOR: RONALD REAGAN AND KAROL WOJTYLA - FREEDOM FIGHTERS 1976

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Stream.org. Cardinal Karol Wojtyła arrived in the United States for a six-week visit in the summer of 1976. The Polish cardinal came to…...

Thursday, August 03, 2017

DR. CALEB FULLER: PRUVACY AT WHAT PRICE?

In a tale of questionable historical validity, the British colonial government in early 20th century India found itself confronting a fearsome pest: cobras. Though natives had long since adjusted to…...

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

DR. JOSEPH HORTON: STATE’S GAMBLING GAMBIT - CREATING LOSERS

While Illinois, Connecticut, and New Jersey have been making national headlines for their respective budget fiascos, Pennsylvania has been under the radar with its own problems. The legislature has passed…...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

RICHARD KOCUR: THE LIFE OF CHARLIE GARD: WHOSE DECISION IS IT ANYWAY?

It’s every parent’s nightmare. Your child is suffering and you are powerless to do anything about it. In most cases you would exhaust all treatment options, consult leading specialists, and…...

Monday, July 24, 2017

DR. GARY WELTON: MY HUMAN IDENTITY TRANSCENDS GENDER

Adolescence was tough on me. I was a total geek, in an era before that was cool. I was a social misfit, totally uncomfortable in my high school setting. I…...

Saturday, July 22, 2017

DR. LISA L. HOSAK: BUILDING RESILIENT YOUNG PEOPLE

Many years ago, I overheard a coworker reflecting on parenting. She had 13 children—an astonishing 10 of them adopted. She said that the parent-child relationship was “everything.” She said that…...

Monday, July 17, 2017

DR. PAUL KENGOR: TRUMP’S EXCELLENT SPEEDH IN POLAND, ON POLAND

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator. Before I write this defense of Donald Trump in Poland, let me remind readers—from the right and…...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

DR. JOSEPH HORTON: LIFE IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR

The story of Charlie Gard is sparking outrage throughout the world. As the Wall Street Journal put it, the doctors who are caring for 11-month-old Charlie Gard “have won judges’…...

Monday, July 10, 2017

DR. JOHN SPARKS: THE PLAYGROUND FIGHT OVER RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

Trinity Lutheran Church is a church in Columbia, Missouri that operates a Christian preschool and daycare center offering students a playground for recess and exercise during the school day. It…...

Monday, July 03, 2017

DR. GARY S. SMITH: THE FOUNDERS AND THE PRESIDENTS - A JULY 4 REFLECTION

It’s time to watch fireworks displays, sing patriotic songs, and ruminate about our country’s rich heritage and history. It’s time to celebrate America’s national birthday. As we do so, we…...

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