Separating Feelings from Facts is Hard to Do–Just Ask Terry Hartle

Terry W. Hartle, senior vice president at the American Council on Education, has an interesting essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Hartle, who at one time worked for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Cape Pogue), is a policy wonk—and I mean that in the nicest possible way. There is no one whose take […]

Not My Choice: Massachusetts’ Failed Health Insurance Fiasco

The sooner the evil Republicans kill Obamacare, the better. And by “kill” I mean obliterate, smash to smithereens, crush the life out of, grind into dust. Do I make my self clear? I’m one of those poor unfortunates who fall into the category the likes of Jonathan Gruber and various “lawmakers” call “there’s not enough […]

Where Credit Is Due: Middlebury Alumni Stand Up for Free Speech

One of my go-to websites is RealClearPolitics; every day its compilation of editorials, op-eds and longer polemics contains a raft of worthy articles. If you’re not checking it out, you should be. Case in point. On May 30 RCP published Richard Cohen’s meditation on the punishments Middlebury meted out to the anti-free speech bullies it […]

Ask a Stupid Question…

For scholars in the fields of race and ethnic studies—including those who work outside the ivory tower—dealing with snide questions, nasty comments, and occasional name-calling is just part of the job description. Over the years, these academics have repeatedly told me that their work is uniquely misunderstood and dismissed by students, fellow faculty, and the […]

A Brief Meditation on Why It’s So Difficult to Respect Professors

Miss is looking anxiously to the skies, waiting for darkness to come at an earlier hour than 8PM, for the dusky firmament will signal a return to the classroom and the wayward ways of the academy. Until then, she’s had to satisfy her urge to erupt in sputtering indignation by reading op-eds from the stray […]

Thinking about a Degree in Journalism from Marshall University? Don’t Be Swindell-ed!

I get it that most college faculty pretty much follow the herd when it comes to forming their political views. Possessing conventional views is essential not simply for tenure, but for securing an academic appointment in the first place. Don’t expect to be part of a group if you don’t sign on for its group-think.  […]

The War On Women Has Just Begun: Ladies, Hide Your Purses

I’m a woman and I’m from Massachusetts. I voted for Romney and Brown. Both lost and supposedly their attitudes towards women had something to do with it. Let me tell you why this woman disagrees: 1) As a woman I take sole, personal responsibility for my body. I do not have sex without birth control. […]

Catch of the Day: Elizabeth Warren Reels in Support from a Bottom Feeder

Today Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown happily added endorsements from the State Police Association of Massachusetts, Maine Senator Susan Collins, and former Massachusetts Governor Paul Celluci to his already robust list of supporters from both sides of the aisle. His opponent in the upcoming election, Elizabeth Warren, who has an impressive list of endorsements of her […]

The End of the (Land) Line: Another Call from Elizabeth Warren

One of the great benefits of working away from home is that you’re not there when the phone rings. I suppose there might be a few obsessives who use call forwarding so as not to miss a single exciting call. My philosophy is: if you don’t know me well enough to know when I am […]