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One Shining Moment

Last week, while listening to “All Things Considered” on NPR, I heard a member of the Colorado Legislature, his voice choked with emotion, relate how a longtime political rival approached him and gave him a hug. (That, of course, occurred before social distancing practices took effect.) Two days earlier, while watching the proceedings of…

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The ‘Ins’ and ‘Outs’ of Private School Lobbying

February has come to be my least favorite month of the year. This disposition has nothing to do with the weather, the end of the professional football season, the prevalence of colds and flu – the odds of contracting influenza during the month of February are at least twice that of any other month…

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Here’s an IDEA: Follow the Law!

In the state of Massachusetts a coalition of Catholic, Jewish, and Christian private school leaders had long suspected numerous public school districts of falling short on their obligation to identify, evaluate, and help parentally-placed private students with disabilities. Calling their initiative Project Access, the group submitted a complaint to the state’s Department of Elementary…

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Bending Blaine

The horrific shootings took place on a Saturday – the Jewish sabbath, or Shabbat.  April 27, 2019 also happened to be the eighth-and-final-day of Passover, which meant that the Chabad of Poway synagogue was filled with worshipers when the 19-year-old assailant entered the premises and began firing.  Minutes later, one congregant lay dead, and…

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No Poison on Thanksgiving, Please!

It was the Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Victor Frankl who famously maintained that there are but two meaningful categories of persons: the decent and the indecent. While Frankl’s insight is no less true today than when he wrote of it in his 1946 work, Man’s Search for Meaning, contemporary sensibilities are cheapening…

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