Commentary

Still think everything is awful? Here are three reasons for hope | John L. Micek

BY: - October 4, 2022

Step away from Twitter. Stop doom-scrolling. Yes, I know, American democracy is under assault. Russian President Vladimir Putin is muttering dark warnings about nuclear weapons in the face of heroic and historic resistance by Ukraine. Dozens of people are dead and large swaths of Florida have been devastated by Hurricane Ian. And Kanye West did […]

In states where abortion is banned, children and families already face an uphill battle

BY: - September 19, 2022

Some proponents of abortion bans and restrictions say they are concerned about “supporting not just life,” but what they call “quality of life worth living,” saying they want to promote laws and policies that help families. Three authors from Brigham Young University, for instance, have noted that the overturning of Roe v. Wade provides a […]

A tale of two missing Memphis women

BY: - September 13, 2022

I took last week off as a vacation with the intent of clearing my mind. I largely stayed off social media and limited my exposure to news, for even those of us in the news business need a ‘‘timeline cleanser,’’ to use a popular phrase. But no vacation caused me to miss the tragic events […]

Americans think they know a lot about politics; too often they’re wrong

BY: - September 6, 2022

Ian Anson, University of Maryland, Baltimore County As statewide primaries continue through the summer, many Americans are beginning to think about which candidates they will support in the 2022 general election. This decision-making process is fraught with difficulties, especially for inexperienced voters. Voters must navigate angry, emotion-laden conversations about politics when trying to sort out […]

America is in the middle of a labor mobilization moment

BY: - September 5, 2022

By John Logan, San Francisco State University Labor Day 2022 comes smack bang in the middle of what is increasingly looking like a pivotal year in the history of American unions. The summer has seen a steady stream of workforce mobilizations. Employees at Trader Joe’s locations in Massachusetts and Minneapolis both voted to unionize. Meanwhile, […]

Biden’s Philly speech was a challenge to all of us. We have to step up

BY: - September 2, 2022

Returning to the state where he launched his candidacy — and the one that handed him the White House in 2020 — President Joe Biden on Thursday called on Americans to join him in a fight to preserve democracy and to beat back the forces of extremism. The 30-minute address was equal parts tribute to […]

For Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the border is everywhere

BY: - August 30, 2022

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is almost certainly going to be the next governor of Arkansas. Yet her bid for office has been marked almost entirely by appeals to issues of primarily national concern.  Arkansas is often difficult to locate among her talking points. Immigration and national identity, on the other hand, turn up in nearly every […]

The dwindling local news environment makes us all less informed

BY: - August 23, 2022

(This commentary has been updated to reflect new information. See editor’s note at end.) People have a right to know what their government is doing in their name. As the editor of a small weekly newspaper in Louisiana in the late 1970s, I helped uncover insider dealing by a city commissioner and regularly covered a […]

Home ownership and the “American Dream” are crushed by Real Estate Investment Trusts

BY: - August 22, 2022

A big economic division between renters and homeowners is apparent when looking at net worth: For homeowners, the median net worth of $231,400 is about 44 times the median net worth of renters, which is $5,200. Dr. Ken Chilton of Tennessee State University has studied the impact of Real Estate Investment Trusts on the housing […]

Merger of Sanderson Farms and Cargill is a bad deal for farmers and consumers

BY: - August 19, 2022

Why conspire with your competitors when you can just merge? Over the last two years, giant corporate meat companies have been settling lawsuits to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars that allege they conspired with each other to fix prices, lower workers’ and farmers’ pay and raise the price of meat for both […]

Pandering to potential treason

BY: - August 18, 2022

One week ago, the FBI carried out what we have since learned was a quiet, well-planned and professionally-executed search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida home. The public likely would not even have known about the search had not Trump, an inveterate blabbermouth who finds it impossible to not call attention to himself, did what […]

New Mexico reporter undaunted after being denied entry to campaign event

BY: - August 17, 2022

Source NM’s senior reporter pulled a piece of posterboard out of the trash outside a campaign event Sunday and hastily sharpied a sign that read: Hello! My name is Shaun. I AM A JOURNALIST Why are you here? What can the news do better? Shaun Griswold’s inspired outreach is exactly what I meant when I […]