Commentary

Decades after special education law and key ruling, updates still languish – commentary

BY: - June 13, 2022

It has been 40 years since the U.S. Supreme Court first took up a case about special education in public schools, Board of Education of the Hendrick Hudson Central School District v. Rowley. In that case, the court ruled that a deaf student didn’t qualify for a sign-language interpreter because the student was doing well […]

Bill Clinton stands with a man holding an assault weapon

Did the assault weapons ban of 1994 bring down mass shootings? – commentary

BY: - June 10, 2022

A spate of high-profile mass shootings in the U.S. has sparked calls for Congress to look at imposing a ban on so-called assault weapons – covering the types of guns used in both the recent Buffalo grocery attack and that on an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Such a prohibition has been in place before. […]

School mental health resources critical to ensuring safe school environments – commentary

BY: and - June 9, 2022

Whenever a mass shooting takes place in schools, public discussion often focuses on laws or policies that might have prevented the tragedy. But averting school violence needs more than gun policy. It requires both prevention and crisis response that take students’ emotional well-being – not just their physical safety – into account. School violence prevention […]

Editor’s Notebook: The good old (sick) days

BY: - June 8, 2022

I remember being sick a lot as a kid. High fevers, ear infections, strep throat, tonsillitis, bronchitis – an all-star cast of illnesses that would interrupt the routine of childhood for a week or two from time to time. There were many missed school days, marked by sleeves of saltine crackers and glasses of ginger […]

A young man looks a guns

Reasons why the legal age for purchasing assault weapons does not make sense – commentary

BY: - June 7, 2022

The Uvalde and Buffalo mass shootings in May had at least two things in common: The shooters were 18 years old, and they had both legally purchased their own assault rifles. The shooters’ young age was not an aberration. The average age of school shooters is 18, when tracking incidents since 1966. The relatively young […]

Courts aren’t ready to confront the legal quagmire of DNA theft – commentary

BY: and - June 6, 2022

Every so often stories of genetic theft, or extreme precautions taken to avoid it, make headline news. So it was with a picture of French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin sitting at opposite ends of a very long table after Macron declined to take a Russian PCR COVID-19 test. Many speculated that […]

3-Minute Civics: Was the ‘Great Compromise’ great?

BY: - June 3, 2022

When the Constitution was being created, there were several major disputes that needed to be worked out. One of them was about how people and states would be represented in the new government. Under the existing government at that time, the Articles of Confederation, each state had equal voting power: one state, one vote. James […]

Firearm stocks spike as investors dismiss chance of tightening gun laws – commentary

BY: - June 2, 2022

The day after an armed 18-year-old entered the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and shot dead 19 children and two teachers, the share prices of gun and weapons manufacturers jumped. A week on, and the market rally of gun stocks following the latest mass shooting hasn’t subsided. As of the close of trading on […]

Supreme Court

Most people support abortion staying legal, but that may not matter in making law – commentary

BY: - June 1, 2022

The Supreme Court is set to soon rule on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health case, nearly one month after a leaked draft majority opinion showed the court might uphold a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Ruling to uphold this ban could undo women’s constitutional right to abortion, guaranteed by […]

How NRA evolved from backing 1934 ban on machine guns to where it is now – commentary

BY: - May 31, 2022

The mass shootings at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket and an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, just 10 days apart, are stirring the now-familiar national debate over guns seen after the tragic 2012 and 2018 school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and Parkland, Florida. Inevitably, if also understandably, many Americans are blaming the National Rifle Association […]

Windmills next to a highway

Why the cost of climate change can’t be boiled down to one right number – commentary

BY: - May 30, 2022

A group of economists has issued a new estimate of the future cost of climate change that is grabbing headlines. The consultancy Deloitte estimates that unchecked climate change could cost the global economy $178 trillion over the next 50 years. While climate change does harm economies, there are a lot of problems with long-term estimates […]

It’s the guns – commentary

BY: - May 27, 2022

Of course it’s the guns.  At this point, no honest person with functioning eyes or ears can even make a respectable argument that the primary factor in the United States’ horrific gun violence problem is anything other than guns. Look at all – and I mean all –of our peer countries. As so many people […]