The U.S. Supreme Court's decision allowing same-sex marriage in all 50 states has caused plenty of consternation among many officials in several states who have been reluctant - or are simply refusing - to comply with that change in the legal landscape.
US racial tension is sad to witness
It is extremely sad to observe all of the racial tensions occurring in our nation.
The Supreme Court has spoken - gay marriage is now the law of the land and short of a Constitutional Amendment there is little that can be done to reverse the decision.
Power generation has been an environmental balancing act throughout history.
Fire brought warmth and light, but as people began to live closer together, the ground-level smoke became a nuisance, leading to the development of chimneys in the 12th Century.
Voice of the people
A primary tenet that makes this nation a desirable destination for citizens of other countries is our right to free speech.
I started reading about the drug war 17 years ago, and I quickly realized that literally every single in-depth study by credible authors (professors, journalists, police, judges) concluded that the Drug War was a failure. What's more, most advocated for the complete legalization or decriminalization of all or some drugs. This kind of uniformity of conclusions is rare, and it's coming from a variety of perspectives, which almost never happens.
In St. Francis' prayer we ask God to grant "that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love." St. Francis' prayer would serve us at any time, but perhaps never more than now. It calls us, always just in time, to kindness, charity and, most of all, wisdom.
Second Amendment must be upheld without restrictions
It was inevitable that the massacre of nine people at a church prayer meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, would produce a knee-jerk reaction from advocates of stricter gun controls. While the nation was expressing sympathy for the victims' families, President Obama and presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton were using the occasion as an opportunity to urge passage of more gun control legislation.
While the Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our country with family and friends, it's also a day to honor the heroes who have defended our freedom by serving in our military.