Category Archives: Commentary

We oppose using Vouchers and Tax Credits to Fund Private Schools

Sooner or later bad ideas arrive on our doorstops. Recently, we have had policies such as guns in bars and gun sanctuaries—something not permitted in some of the lawless places in the old west. Now it’s vouchers and tuition tax credits. Led by the Montgomery County Dialogue on Race five organizations sent the following statement to the County Board of Supervisors. Continue reading We oppose using Vouchers and Tax Credits to Fund Private Schools

For Your Consideration

by Traci Blackmon
Associate General Minister

For the last two weeks, the National Mall in Washington, D.C., hosted the largest participatory art project in a quarter century. The project, conceived by Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, is a memorial to U.S. citizens who’ve lost their lives to Covid-19. It opened with an installation of 690,000 small white flags, which took a team of 150 landscapers three days to complete. As people continued to die, more flags were added, and by the time it closed this past weekend, more than 790,000 flags filled the lawn. Many of the flags were personalized by friends and families of loved ones. Many more were unmarked, reminding us of the added cruelty of this pandemic that forced so many people to die alone. Continue reading For Your Consideration

Still Reconstructing

In a recent conversation with Ford Foundation president Darren Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner spoke about his book The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution. As Foner discussed the historic ways the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments shaped our nation, he noted how many of the pressing issues in America today are still fundamentally Reconstruction issues. Who is a citizen? Who has the right to vote? How should our nation deal with domestic terrorism? What does being a free American mean? Continue reading Still Reconstructing

Behold your signs of Guidance. . .

At no stage of the lifetime of man (or mankind) is he left without guidance. The infant is guided progressively from cradle to grave according to need and ability to understand–again like mankind.

One would never think of going on a trip without some sort of guidance, whether to daily familiar places or to more distant destinations where highway and street signs along with other landmarks keep us on the right path. How unfortunate it is as we mature, as men and nations, that we feel capable of charting our own course along this world’s most important journey–the journey of Life, especially as it relates to others as most actions do in this new age of perceived freedoms. Continue reading Behold your signs of Guidance. . .

“College Football Players are Employees”

“College football players are employees,” said the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week. That declaration brings the world of big-time college football (and basketball) another step closer to sanity.

Top college football programs are worth billions of dollars. Football and basketball players generate billions of dollars for the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and their universities. Everybody involved gets paid—and the coaches outrageously so—but not the players. Continue reading “College Football Players are Employees”