Brief Reflections on 9/11

A few weeks ago, on a road trip out to the Midwest, I went to see the Flight 93 memorial for the first time in Shanksville, PA. Being away from the booming Metropolises of New York and Washington DC, the monument to the survivors could occupy substantial real estate on the Pennsylvania landscape. Like most …

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It’s Not All About Russia, Russia, Russia: The Mueller Investigation

On Tuesday, two influential people close to the President were found guilty. After a very public two week trial, Paul Manafort, the President’s former campaign manager was convicted by a jury verdict on 8 counts of tax and bank fraud. Meanwhile, Michael Cohen, the President’s former lawyer, plead guilty in charges related to paying off …

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Why We Need Civility: An Unpopular Opinion

During my time in Somerset Hall at the University of Maryland the word “civility” and the phrase “be civil” probably came up dozens of times. Being in a dorm with a group of students with different beliefs, we engaged in many discussions and debates about issues political and otherwise. Because we saw each other every …

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Why Immigrants Matter and Immigration is Controversial

I’ll be honest: I struggle to comprehend what it is like to be an immigrant. I have lived in the United States my whole life as a citizen. My primary language is English and I have rarely been put in a situation where nobody could understand me. I don’t wake up every day wondering if …

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Kneeling, National Anthem, NFL: Unpopular Opinion

In January I attended a movie showing and panel discussion around the film “Walking While Black L.O.V.E. is the Answer” at Temple Law School. After showing the movie, the panel talked about issues surrounding the relationship between communities and police. It was a very informative discussion which spent a lot of time fleshing out the …

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Stop Making Mass Murderers Famous

After another shooting at a school that took the lives of two teachers and eight students, we are once again searching for simple solutions to a complicated problem while we grieve the lives lost. The problem of gun violence in this country is not going to be fixed with simple or easy solutions because all …

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The REAL Reason Why the Boy Scouts is Now Scout BSA: In My Opinion

Disclaimer: The views presented here are my own and in no way reflect any official stance of the Boy Scouts of America.   You may have noticed that the Boy Scouts of America has undergone a lot of high-profile changes recently. I want to address some of the concerns I have seen being thrown around …

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