We need reconciliation — but that requires honesty, courage and penitence

There are two columns I wanted to write after last week's attempted coup. In the wake of all the idiocy, treason and cowardice displayed Wednesday, and in the four years leading up to Wednesday, I wanted to write a column that captures my anger. I wanted to bottle up and pour out in ink my … Continue reading We need reconciliation — but that requires honesty, courage and penitence

It’s time for Republicans to relearn a fundamental truth

The last couple weeks of election fracas have recalled to mind a prayer, from the evening of Nov. 4, 1992, less than 24 hours after William Jefferson Clinton defeated George H. W. Bush. Jon O’Brien, then headmaster at St. Andrew’s School, stood before the students in the dining hall, preparing to say grace before our … Continue reading It’s time for Republicans to relearn a fundamental truth

To achieve equality, we must step forward — not just to the side

The conflict over basic questions of equality and human rights was stoked a bit hotter last week with Pope Francis’ seemingly radical statement that LGBTQ people have a right to be in a family. Pope Francis’ statement came out in the documentary “Francesco,” released on Wednesday. “Homosexual people have a right to be in a … Continue reading To achieve equality, we must step forward — not just to the side

We need America’s women to dominate the polls, and save our future

Tuesday was the centennial of women’s suffrage, and there has been no year in which it’s more important for women to exercise that right than 2020. The bloody fight it took women to get to the 19th Amendment, and the continuing fight for equality, should be commemorated. Today, 57 years after the Equal Pay Act, … Continue reading We need America’s women to dominate the polls, and save our future

We should honor courage, dump cowardice, regardless of party

There is no greater measure of character than how someone acts when conscience points against the winds of popularity, and all they have to gain is harsh criticism and personal loss. Sen. Mitt Romney faced that challenge this week, and proved himself uniquely up to the test. The backlash against Romney, including jabs from the … Continue reading We should honor courage, dump cowardice, regardless of party