The lone wolf is the new national nightmare, dramatized and amplified this week by the hostage-taking attack in Sydney, Australia. But there are two kinds of lone wolves — the crazy and the evil — and the distinction is important.
Face it. Vandalism is a crime beyond explanation. Ordinary people with ordinary motives and emotion have difficulty understanding destruction for destruction’s sake. It is much easier to fathom theft, fraud, selling contraband or other forbidden means of personal enrichment. Crimes of addiction, anger or passion at least have some plausible motive. Smashing windows in a high school? Why?
I would like to clarify a few misconceptions that seem to be out in the community regarding the Make Your Day behavior program and school staff. First and foremost, the teachers and school staff I have had the immense pleasure of working with have huge hearts for kids. They work tirelessly to give students the best education possible — academically and socially. That means no matter what is happening in their lives outside of school, staff come in each morning and greet children with a smile, prepared to give the ...
The Battle of Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas, on May 13, 1865, is called the last battle of the Civil War, but the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) might consider that judgment premature, given its conflict with the state’s Department of Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles. This skirmish is of national interest because it implicates a burgeoning new entitlement — the right to pass through life without encountering any disagreeable thought.
In ethics and philosophy courses they call it the ticking time bomb scenario, a classic hypothetical dilemma. Say you are a leader attempting to protect your people from a violent despotic enemy. Your enemy is demonstrably inhuman — torture, mass murder, it knows no ethical bounds, and for that you fear them all the more.
We live in a remarkable part of the country with unparalleled natural beauty. The access we have to the wild lands of the North Cascades is highly valued by the people who live in North Central Washington, regardless of their political persuasion.