September 5, 2011 Sept. 5 is Labor Day in name only, E.J. Dionne argues in The Washington Post. It's just a matter of time, he says, before Labor Day falls off the calendar. But, while it remains "it should shame us about our cool indifference to the heroism of those who go to work every day."
August 2, 2010 Professor Andrew Hacker says that higher education in the U.S. is broken. He argues that too many undergraduate courses are taught by graduate assistants or professors who have no interest in teaching. Hacker proposes numerous changes, including an end to the tenure system, in his book, Higher Education?
July 12, 2010 NBA superstar LeBron James has been ridiculed for the unprecedented hour-long ESPN special he orchestrated, in which he revealed he's leaving Cleveland for the Miami Heat. Deron Snyder, contributor to TheRoot.com, says leave LeBron alone — he's not a narcissist, he's an enterprising innovator.
June 16, 2010 For writer Cord Jefferson, the World Cup is another reminder that slavery has stripped him of his true ancestral identity.
June 14, 2010 Mac McClelland, human rights reporter for Mother Jones, traveled to Elmer's Island off the coast of Louisiana in May to cover the damage. But she was "stymied at every turn by Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies brought in to supplement the local police," and ignored by cleanup crews.
May 31, 2010 For retired Col. Andrew Bacevich, the meaning of Memorial Day has changed from casual to tragic. His son was killed three years ago while serving in Iraq. Bacevich takes to task Americans who see Memorial Day simply as a harbinger of summer, rather than a time to contemplate the reality of war.
May 24, 2010 Many liberals complain that Sarah Palin's political views are incompatible with feminism. Meghan Daum calls that hypocritical. She writes in a recent column,"if she has the guts to call herself a feminist, then she's entitled to be accepted as one."
May 3, 2010 As oil continues to leak into Gulf Coast waters, policymakers in Washington are calling for a reassessment of offshore oil exploration. But Lisa Margonelli, executive director of the New America Foundation's energy initiative, warns that "every gallon of gas is a gallon of risks."