The fire next door

   FORT COLLINS, Colo. — We watched the fireworks. Then we watched the fire. It continues to singe our eyelashes.    Last Wednesday, the pyro bombs weren't gunpowder-made but thunderheads popping off in the night. We watched them in our driveways, wondering which would bring rain.    Instead … .   Though the stormfront flung hail…

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Equal rights are family values

   Discrimination is a losing proposition. It may win in the short term, yes. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, however, “The arc of history is long but it bends toward justice.”    King’s words are most pertinent because of the scintillating statement made by the NAACP recently in supporting gay marriage, a few days after…

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Vocational education? Bring that on

Time magazine recently had a jointly inspiring and confused commentary on what’s wrong with education. The thing on which we’ll focus here is what’s inspiring. In the meantime, we need to dispel some confusion.  Time’s Joe Klein makes an impassioned statement on behalf of  vocational education, which scandalously has shrunk from the scene in public schools in…

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