Security is Safety?

Security is Safety?

  The volume of time and effort presidential candidates in both parties devote to pitching schemes to keep us safe is alarming. “National security” has been a catchphrase in every debate thus far.  Equally alarming is that most of us eat it up. So many of us get...
Get Smart: Recommendations

Get Smart: Recommendations

“Like all Americans, I like big things: big prairies, big forests and mountains, big wheat fields, railroads—and herds of cattle too—big factories and steamboats and everything else. But we must keep steadily in mind that no people were ever yet benefited by...
Why Can’t We Be Friends? Censorship is Tolerance

Why Can’t We Be Friends? Censorship is Tolerance

It is the epitome of hypocrisy to demand to be heard, yet refuse to listen. The fulcrum of a democratic society is having a well-informed population and an open forum to express ideas. Unfortunately, nowadays it is virtually impossible to see either of these critical...
Fear Not for Paris: A Soldier’s Perspective

Fear Not for Paris: A Soldier’s Perspective

In times of crisis, when the injured are still being treated and the survivors are attempting to make sense of what happened, it helps to reflect on who you are before you decide how to act. I am an American, a veteran of the post-9/11 world and an enemy to those who...
I Got a Free Cup of Coffee Today

I Got a Free Cup of Coffee Today

After my only class today, and after a small event on campus for our student veterans, I stood in line at Starbucks to receive my free tall coffee. This prompted me to begin thinking. Thinking about how it feels to be in the service yet again after experiencing eleven...