Commentaries

 

Monday, October 17, 2011

At a time when some of us may feel discouraged by political gridlock, ongoing economic hardship, and a range of social problems that can seem so much larger than any one of us, I was reminded this week of the potential for individuals to positively impact their communities. Spending a week engaged with individuals and organizations partnering on The Trust Factor has expanded my hope for positive change, even in a town best known for its cynicism and stagnation.

Monday, September 19, 2011
Lester A. Myers

Since at least the 1960s, public trust has declined in government, business, religion, and other institutions. The parade of lamentable behavior from these institutions has contributed to pervasive skepticism about the authenticity of their missions and the integrity of their leaders.

Sunday, September 18, 2011
Chris Breitenberg

Memories shape our worldview – and the way we remember shapes our future. This past Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 bombings of the World Trade Center and Pentagon in New York City and Washington, DC, respectively.

Thursday, July 14, 2011
 

Structural poverty is now a greater barrier than race in the USA, which has the greatest income disparity of any developed nation. Yet race and poverty are closely intertwined and we cannot deal with poverty unless we deal with race, says Rob Corcoran.

Friday, June 24, 2011
Trishna Banerjee Nair

Applying to study economics in the USA, Trishna Banerjee Nair was asked to write on a number of topics, including 'Is constant honesty necessary for society?' This was her unexpected answer...

Friday, May 27, 2011

President Obama's speech on the Middle East has plenty of empathy for both Israel and Palestine, but something more is needed to engage both sides, writes Zeke Reich from New York.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Mike Brown

Osama bin Laden is dead; but terrorism isn’t. The evil of prophets of hatred who justify the killing of thousands of innocents must be confronted - but also cured, writes Mike Brown.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
Dushaw Hocket

Recently, I attended a memorial service in the 4000 block of South Capitol Street in Southeast Washington, DC. There, roughly one year ago, bullets were fired from a moving vehicle into a crowd of young people. Nine were hit. Four died. They had gathered after attending the funeral of Jordon Howe. Jordan was struck and killed by a bullet fired from an AK 47 assault rifle only a few days earlier (by the same assailants). The victims were all black. The suspects: black. The community – Southeast DC – predominantly black.

Thursday, February 24, 2011
Day Ely Ravenscroft

I was born, brought up, and most often voted Republican. Recently in Arizona, our Republicans have become very unlike the ones I remember, such as my father, Senator Wadsworth, Senator Saltonstall, Senator Dirksen, Senator Goldwater, and President Reagan.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Dr. Syngman Rhee

When I left my home in the North I was full of hostility and enmity; I saw myself as one of the oppressed. I learned that the oppressed have the choice of revenge or forgiving and working for a new beginning for everyone. This has led me to make more than thirty visits to North Korea since 1978 in efforts to bring about reconciliation.

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