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The daily life in a group home

February 14, 2015 When I tell people that I work in a community based residential treatment home for children they usually ask “What is that?” Then when I say a “group home” for children I get asked a myriad of... more »»

Back to the Nineteenth Century

February 14, 2015 My recent column about the growth of on-demand jobs like Uber making life less predictable and secure for workers unleashed a small barrage of criticism from some who contend that workers get what... more »»

Spontaneous order

February 14, 2015 Most of life happens without a central planner. Yet people think we need on. more »»

Obama’s quest for a grand bargain with Iran seems unwise

February 14, 2015 “We will extend a hand if you are unwilling to unclench your fist,” President Obama proclaimed in his inaugural address in January 2009. more »»

Why did Brian Williams do it?

February 13, 2015 These are tough times for NBC’s Brian Williams — and tougher times for journalism. more »»

A mixed Papel blessing

February 13, 2015 When the Gallup poll last asked, Pope Francis was rated favorably by 76 percent of Americans (including 78 percent of Protestants and 73 percent of those with no religious affiliation) and... more »»

Measles, vaccines and autism

February 12, 2015 The current controversy over whether parents should be forced to have their children vaccinated for measles is one of the painful signs of our times. more »»

Brian Williams and the loss of credibility

February 11, 2015 There’s this speech I give my students. Distilled, it goes like this. more »»

Mommy truce

February 10, 2015 In the early ’90s, I used to perm my hair into spring coils and wore padded shoulders that gave me the wingspan of a whooper swan, but I thought my biggest problem was my 5-year-old daughter’s... more »»


February 10, 2015 As if we aren’t already divided enough by race, class, gender, political party, economic status and sexual orientation, the federal government is reportedly thinking about creating a new category of... more »»

Alabama issuing marriage licenses

February 10, 2015 MONTGOMERY, Ala. more »»

Death toll from General Motors ignition switches rises to 52

February 10, 2015 DETROIT (AP) — The families of 52 people killed in crashes caused by faulty General Motors small-car ignition switches will receive millions in compensation from a company fund. more »»

$355M returned to Madoff investors

February 10, 2015 NEW YORK (AP) — About $355 million distributed last week to investors cheated in Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme means over half of allowable claims have been paid in full, the trustee recovering mone... more »»

Emirates launches airstrikes on IS

February 10, 2015 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates launched airstrikes today against the Islamic State group from an air base in Jordan, marking its return to combat operations against the... more »»

Car bomb explodes in Niger

February 10, 2015 NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — The Nigeria-based Islamic extremist group Boko Haram escalated its attacks in neighboring countries Monday, as a car bomb exploded in one Niger town repeatedly targeted by the... more »»

Netanyahu says he will go ahead with speech to Congress

February 10, 2015 JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will travel to Washington to speak before the U.S. Congress next month despite calls to cancel his speech. more »»

Obama’s comparison defies logic

February 9, 2015 On Tuesday, the so-called Islamic State released a slickly produced video showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a steel cage. more »»

Borrowed valor

February 9, 2015 Let me see if I understand this: Chris Kyle was not a hero, but Brian Williams was? What do we make of Williams’ attempt to snatch some vicarious honor? The response to “American Sniper” should not... more »»

A life well lived

February 7, 2015 This weekend is not only MTU’s Winter Carnival, but is an important event — my birthday. I am one of those people that loves to celebrate a birthday. more »»


February 7, 2015 Politicians and lawyers pretend that they are important people doing important work. But often they're important because they are parasites. more »»



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