National Views By San Diego philanthropist Audrey Geisel was so much more than Mrs. Seuss Commentary / The San Diego Union-Tribune | Saturday, December 22, 2018, 12:05 a.m. Share this story Audrey Geisel was as much a champion of imagination and the written word as her husband, the one, the only, Dr. Seuss, whom she met in San Diego. She moved to La Jolla in 1960, saw the ocean “and knew I’d stay here forever.” She died at home at age 97 on Wednesday. In between, she wove herself into the very fabric of the city by becoming one of its biggest philanthropists. She donated to the La Jolla Playhouse, the Old Globe Theatre and the San Diego Zoological Society. Her benevolence will be greatly missed. She understood the appeal and importance of Theodor Geisel’s rhymes — his books have sold more than 650 million copies worldwide — and advised him that he wasn’t just writing them for children, but for generations of adults. She … [Read more...] about National Commentary: Audrey Geisel was so much more than Mrs. Seuss
Your Voice By New York Daily News / Commentary | Friday, December 21, 2018, 12:05 a.m. Share this story Dear fellow citizens of Facebook: We’re so sorry we shared your private messages with Netflix and Amazon and others. ADVERTISING We know at this point you’re probably tired of what seems like the umpteenth example of an endless cycle: a revelation of a breach of trust on our part, followed by a spasm of self-flagellation, followed by news about another breach of trust. So consider this letter an attempt to rip off the Band-Aid once and for all. When we tracked your movements, we shouldn’t have measured the exact amount of time you spent in the bathroom, then signed you up for marketing lists for anti-constipation medication. We deeply regret using keylogging software to capture messages you considered sending but decided not to, then sold them to the intended almost-recipient. We wish we had never let Russian cyber-operatives pose as your … [Read more...] about National commentary: So so sorry: Facebook comes clean
Arlington National Commentary may no longer be an active burial site as officials say that it will run out of space in approximately 23 years. (Reuters, File) Arlington National Cemetery is reaching out to the public for suggestions after Congress asked to find the means necessary to keep the burial site open -- despite estimates it could run out of space in approximately 23 years. Army National Military Cemeteries Executive Director Karen Durham-Aguilera testified before a House panel on March 8 and warned about the grim future of capacity at Arlington based on current eligibility requirements, according to a press release. “Without changes to the current eligibility requirements and physical footprint, Arlington National Cemetery will not be a burial option for most who served in the Gulf War – or any conflict since – regardless of their contribution, achievements, or valor,” she said. MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT BURIED AT ARLINGTON … [Read more...] about Arlington National Cemetery, slowly running out of space, reaches out to public for help
It seems like every few months we're treated to the results of a new survey that has something dismaying to report about how young people approach free speech. Last fall, the Brookings Institute reported that college students have a number of misconceptions about how the First Amendment works — a significant percentage believes that it doesn't protect hate speech, and that it requires an offensive speaker at a public university be matched with another speaker with an opposing view. Last week, a survey conducted by Gallup and the Knight Foundation found that 37 percent of college students think that shouting down an offensive campus speaker is acceptable; even more troubling, another 10 percent said violence is an acceptable tactic for silencing an offensive speaker.Findings like these always lead to a lot of hand-wringing about the intolerance of today's youth, followed by a backlash of editorials pointing out that campus protests — especially at elite colleges — are … [Read more...] about GUEST COMMENTARY: Are high schools teaching students to devalue free speech?
Saturday’s student-led marches in Washington and around the country served notice to members of Congress that the days of unchallenged National Rifle Association control over their votes are over. The turnout by hundreds of thousands of marchers across the country was impressive by any measure, but no one should expect the NRA to cede an inch of political territory without a fight.The turnout does suggest the American public has reached a turning point. Members of Congress must now calculate whether this movement can translate into a serious voting bloc in November capable of unseating anyone who puts loyalty to the NRA above all else.So far, no matter how high the death toll — including the 17 deaths from a high school gun massacre last month in Parkland, Fla. — NRA-backed congressional conservatives have refused to entertain any piece of legislation that aims to reduce the number or lethality of military-style firearms.America must call out the NRA’s … [Read more...] about Editorial: Saturday’s march turnout suggests national mood is changing on gun rights