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Posted Apr 24, 2015 at 11:01 PM

My last two columns were inquiries into what happens when we address social issues from two alternative perspectives, that of the individual and that of the collective. Using two issues — right to work vs. union shop and childhood immunization — I discussed how differently the analysis plays out if we privilege individuals’ freedom to act on their own perceived self-interests or emphasize their obligations to enhance the collective good.In this column I’ll...

Posted Apr 23, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Every year more than 1 billion people take part in Earth Day. The celebration honors the achievements of the environmental movement and raises awareness of the need to protect Earth’s natural resources for future generations. Across the...

Posted Apr 23, 2015 at 11:01 PM

On April 4, Walter Scott, a black man, was shot to death by Michael Slager, a white police officer, in South Carolina. Scott was shot in the back five times, apparently because Slager "felt threatened" (and despite the fact that Scott was...

Posted Apr 22, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Did you notice Saturday was the funniest day last week? Tidings readers did. Friday, though, was not funny at all; the comics were missing, as I found out when an unhappy Tidings’ reader turned into a Tidings’ caller before 7...

Posted Apr 20, 2015 at 11:01 PM

I spent most of my professional career as a school psychologist, developing children’s programs that fostered self-esteem, social connections and healthy living. After moving to Ashland and serving on the Ashland Park Commission,...

Posted Apr 19, 2015 at 11:01 PM

The book “Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine” was recently reviewed in the New York Times. Part of the review comprised harrowing examples of convictions trumping science, the most wrenching anecdotes about...

Posted Apr 17, 2015 at 11:01 PM

I am writing about the article in the Ashland Daily Tidings on April 15 about Dr. Allen Thomashefsky. I am outraged by the biased and slanderous insinuations first reported in Santa Barbara, Calif., and repeated in the Daily Tidings. I have...

Posted Apr 17, 2015 at 11:01 PM

My starting point last week was the difference between English law, with its focus on the individual, and Roman law, with its emphasis on community cohesion and cooperation among individuals. I then showed how this difference plays out in the...

Updated Apr 17, 2015 at 7:36 AM

This week, Grammy Award winner John Legend announced an initiative, Free America, a movement to bring attention to the ills of mass incarceration. He has scheduled a series of performances at correctional facilities in various states,...

Posted Apr 16, 2015 at 11:01 PM

As Hillary Clinton heads off toward 2016 in her humble black van, in a naked attempt at suggesting that she somehow has middle-class values at heart, I'm left wondering just how stupid the American public has to be...

Updated Apr 16, 2015 at 7:29 AM

“You know, next time you’re going to have to do better, Mr. President.”That was former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, talking with successor John F. Kennedy about the devastating failed invasion of Cuba at the...

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