Duty requires courage, not skulking in the darkness of anonymity

Democracy dies in darkness. The New York Times should have read that bit of wisdom on the masthead of its rival, The Washington Post, before publishing Wednesday an anonymous op-ed from a senior White House official “working diligently from within to frustrate parts of (President Trump’s) agenda and his worst inclinations.” The unnamed official claimed to be protecting America from … Continue reading Duty requires courage, not skulking in the darkness of anonymity

‘A generational fight’ — Protest organizer recalls desegregating Enid restaurants

This post originally ran as an article in the Sept. 4, 2018 edition of the Enid News & Eagle. It is the third article in a three-part series on sit-in protests and restaurant desegregation in Enid, Oklahoma. ENID, Okla. — On Sept. 4, 1958, 60 years ago today, Enid restaurant owners concluded a meeting with … Continue reading ‘A generational fight’ — Protest organizer recalls desegregating Enid restaurants

Farewell, Maverick: Our loss and our greater call to serve

  Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 -- A lion of American public service lies in state in the U.S. Capitol today, at peace after more than six decades of service to our republic. By any measure John McCain was a successful man. But, I don’t believe the outpouring of grief at his death can be attributed entirely, … Continue reading Farewell, Maverick: Our loss and our greater call to serve

Lunch counter sit-ins: 60 years later, organizers recall desegregating restaurants

This package of two articles originally was published in the Enid News & Eagle, Enid, Okla., on Aug. 26, 2018, on the eve of the 60th anniversary of lunch counter protests that ended segregation in the city's restaurants and helped shape later civil rights protests throughout the South. ENID, Okla., Aug. 27, 2018 — Sixty years … Continue reading Lunch counter sit-ins: 60 years later, organizers recall desegregating restaurants

Words are good, but action is required to save the church

As Western church attendance wanes among both Catholics and Protestants, the pope’s visit to Ireland this weekend urgently calls for a revival of Christian spirituality and service. But, instead of an impassioned call for revival, the pope’s and the world’s attention will — and should — be focused on clergy sexual abuse, and the church’s … Continue reading Words are good, but action is required to save the church