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“Straight Up,” MSU’s President Made Her PR Situation Worse

After months of news coverage about a doctor on her school’s payroll who has been convicted as a serial molester, receiving national attention, Michigan State University’s President, Lou Anna Simon finally answered questions from reporters yesterday. It happened during day two of a sentencing hearing for Dr. Larry Nassar. After day one, Simon was criticized … Continued

Sheltered From Reality: We Need Real Dialogue About The North Korean Threat

Yesterday morning in Hawaii, the unthinkable seemed to be happening: A ballistic missile was incoming, the text and highway civil defense systems were warning; with fifteen minutes until impact the citizenry was implored to take cover. Many fled to interior rooms, underground parking garages and even bathtubs to await the worst. Thirty-eight agonizing minutes later, … Continued

Time is Right for Women, Society Seeking Change, Vindication

It’s spreading like wildfire with more women rightly fanning the flames with increasing allegations of sexual harassment and assault. The industries may vary – entertainment, news media, politics – but the playbook is the same: Women allegedly violated by men in a position of power over them, happening in a past climate of threatened careers … Continued

Anti-Gun Lobby Needs More Powder

The more things change the more they stay the same. Whether in a church outside San Antonio where the silence of prayer was suddenly broken by heartache this week or at a concert in Las Vegas where thousands danced before ducking for cover and their lives. Violence and death. Rhetoric and inaction. And guns. Those … Continued

New “Fake News” Denials Ripped From Old Playbook

When the President of the United States dismisses serious stories by established media organizations as “Fake News” (a term originally coined to describe something far different), his supporters cheer, others cringe, some roll their eyes and many don’t know what to think. But I stumbled across something in recent days that shows how this phenomenon, … Continued