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Perspectives

Perspectives

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Did you miss an essay from your favorite "Perspectives" writer? Want to hear it again?If you would like to submit your own Perspective for consideration, compose a piece that will run about 90 seconds when read — that's about 230 to 250 words, as counted by Microsoft Word — and email it to NPR@niu.edu. Be sure to put "Perspectives" in the subject line.

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Perspective: Why I Pledge Allegiance

It's Flag Day. As a child, I learned (along with my classmates) the words to the Pledge of Allegiance. Ironically, I would learn them at a time when "liberty and justice for all" clearly did not exist for many Americans. Later, as a Scoutmaster and public - school teacher, I would lead the recitation of the familiar words many times. Unfortunately, on one or two occasions I would encounter a school administrator who seemed to believe that students can be required to participate. They can't. The

Perspective: Take Pride In Alan Turing

Last week, we celebrated the seventy-fifth anniversary of the D-Day invasion. But June is also the month of another anniversary — one for an individual who was just as important to the Allied victory in Europe. One of the things that made the German Wehrmacht so successful in the early stages of the Second World War was Enigma — a cryptographic device that generated secret code that was said to be unbreakable. And one of the important turning points in war was when a group of British and

Perspective: In It For The Fish

Some people when you ask them why they fish will tell you it's not about the fish at all. They like to be outdoors in the fresh air and the scenery. I don't know any of those people. I'm in it for the fish. When me and my good friend Mike Mason haul his red Lund to the Chippewa Flowage like we do every May, we do so because we hope the crappies will be in shallow and in the mood to gulp our jigs. On this trip, spring was way behind. The hardwood leaves had barely unfurled. When you looked out

Perspective: The Messes You Leave

I wrote this perspective on the morning June 6th, the 75th anniversary of Operation Overlord that began the liberation of Western Europe. I also just recently completed my 30th year working with high school and middle school kids. Those two events, one monumental and one definitely not , have got me pondering the messes that one generation leaves for another. The Normandy Invasion was necessary because of the mess created in the 1920's and 1930's by the ruling powers in both Europe and the

Perspective: Waking Up With The Birds

Some people like to start their day with a TV news show or something similar, but I start my day listening to the birds in my neighborhood. I hear cardinals, robins, hawks, a woodpecker, a blue jay, and a pair of mourning doves. The blue jay was absent last year, so it's nice hear its call again this spring. The mourning doves are my favorite and have been for many years. I enjoy their cooing and they always remind of summer mornings in my childhood, when I developed the habit of starting my day

Perspective: Making Decisions Like A Border Collie

A few years ago, a friend and her son, Ben, visited our sheep farm. My husband did a sheepherding demonstration with our border collie Abbie. Ben watched from our second-floor deck, cell phone in hand, describing to a young woman he was dating how Abbie was separating a couple sheep from the flock, a difficult "shedding" skill. Listening, Ben's girlfriend visualized the action of our confident herding dog. It sparked her decision to "shed off" another relationship in order to be with Ben.

Perspective: Our Climate Crisis

Earth Day and Earth Month have come and gone; however, climate change — our climate crisis — is here to stay. As a mom of three, one documentary caught my attention a few years ago titled, Normal is Over . Renee Scheltema — a mom and renowned journalist filmmaker — begins by sharing why she embarked on a yearlong trip around the world to examine the state of our planet. She journeys to meet individuals in India, Australia, Africa, the Netherlands, Canada, the United States and more — all

Perspective: An Argument Against Impeachment

In first year criminal law classes we learn there are two kinds of crimes: malum in se and malum prohibitum : bad in itself and bad because prohibited. Malum in se crimes are inherently immoral. Murder, arson, rape are examples. They all envision direct action by a person harming a person. The vast amount of malum prohibitum crimes are crimes merely because they are prohibited by statute. The act itself is rarely immoral. These are what I call paperwork crimes: e.g. not filing a tax return, not

Perspective: I'm 'Pro-Freedom'

A week ago today, this nation stopped to honor and remember fallen members of the Armed Forces. Those who made the ultimate sacrifice for citizens of this country to live free. The day is commemorated in many different ways. For example, there were parades, wreaths lain at gravesites, and some service persons were honored with medals or citations. In DeKalb the downtown area raised banners honoring those from this community who served in the military. While I didn't attend any events Monday, I

Perspective: Conservation Begins At Home

Over Christmas, I traveled to Botswana to visit family. Botswana, located in southern Africa, is a beautiful and diverse country with landscapes ranging from the Kalahari Desert to the lush Okavango Delta. Outside the bustling cities, you can find natural game preserves, perfect for a safari. If you're lucky, you can see giraffe, elephants, wildebeest, wild dogs, hippos, leopards, and lions, all from a safe distance of course. Botswana recently legalized elephant hunting. At first, I was shocked

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