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Food stamps feeds one in five US children


Food stamps feed one in five children in the United States, and the Republicans, led by Catholic Republican Congressman and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, his former presidential running mate, Mitt Romney, and Catholic Republican House Speaker John Boehner want to decimate the food stamps program with immoral and inhumane budget cuts. Time will tell if Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Rick Santorum and Marco Rubio support such hard-hearted class warfare policies. reports:

'Witnessing Whiteness': How do we witness?


Part 3 of Shelly Tochluk's book Witnessing Whiteness is "The Work of Witnessing Whiteness." In it, she asks, "How do we witness?" She offers an action plan to guide our development because she says "if we are going to take a stand, we need to feel prepared to deal with our own sense of discomfort and potential resistance or rejection from others" (page 199).

If you think kids are safe playing football, consider this


Earlier, I wrote about a survey that shows that three-quarters of Americans approve their kids playing football, though nearly as many think its dangerous. Passion for pleasure and the tyranny of money drive this apparent irrationality. Responses included the suggestion that prepubescent boys can play with no serious risk.

I have just now come across a fresh New York Times article that debunks that notion.

'Witnessing Whiteness': Using our life experiences of race


The subtitle to Shelly Tochluk's Witnessing Whiteness is "The Need to Talk about Race and How to Do It." One of the choices Tochluk makes is to describe freely her own life experiences that have given her a sense of urgency about race. She also reports on several interviews she's conducted with others about how they learned about race and what changed their attitudes and understandings.

The state of our union


I was thrilled at President Barack Obama's State of the Union address last week. It has to be one of the greatest State of the Union addresses in history.

What distinguished it for me was the passion in which the president delivered it. It was filled with various proposals, but these were put forth with a great deal of idealism and emotion.


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