Recommended Readings (March 2014)

Every once in a while, I try to acknowledge some of the most interesting articles that I’ve read recently. (Feel free to check out my lists of recommendations from February 17thJune 20thJuly 28th and August 8th.) I’ve tried to recommend readings that are relatively timeless, with some from this month and some from sources from the past. I tried to include articles that are interesting or funny or thought-provoking or insightful or all of the above, but there’s no real methodology. Below, in no particular order, I’ve provided the links and some of my favorite quotes from the readings.

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One Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s letter to the editor about the actions of another laureate

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A Lone Star Solution: School Safety

In the wake of an unacceptable number of school shootings, the country is in agreement that something must be done.  As far as what should be done, well, we seem to be even more divided than we are on most other political issues – and in America that’s saying something.

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Who’s screwing whom?

Priorities, America.  When will we learn priorities?

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Who will win the election? Not the American people.

Regardless of whether President Obama or Governor Romney wins on Tuesday (and I think Obama will), we can count on four more years of war, declining civil liberties, and an increasing deficit.  Neither candidate will close Guantanamo Bay, end the Patriot Act and the NDAA, or cut military spending.

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Keep Justice Alive: Kill the Death Penalty

“The death penalty demands discussion”

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The United States shares something in common with China, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. We, like them, use the death penalty. According to the Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights group Amnesty International, the United States ranks fifth in executions among every country in the world.

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Why not Gary Johnson?

It’s campaign season.  Attack ads, debates, phone calls, stump speeches, fundraisers, and some more attack ads.  For many, November 6th means another year of voting for the lesser of two evils.  Voting for the lesser of two evils, unfortunately, is still voting for evil – especially when there’s a third option.

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