Ideas & Voices


Working from the ground up to get rid of ‘food deserts’

Q: What is the Gem City Market project all about? Klein: The Gem City Market will be a vibrant worker- and community-owned full-service grocery store on lower Salem Avenue, just across the river from downtown Dayton. The incubation of the market has been a community-driven effort aimed at addressing the needs of Daytonians who live in what the United States Department of Agriculture considers a food...

Readers weigh in on Confederate statues

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Writer got it wrong about Gen. Lee A recent guest column by David Madden carried the headline line, “Let’s be very clear about Robert E. Lee.” In his first sentence, he starts by stating that Robert E. Lee was a traitor. To my knowledge no court convicted Bobby Lee of treason, but this author has. Had this slanderous allegation been made during Lee’s lifetime...

‘Artists have a way of expressing the complexity of a situation’

A conversation with DVAC executive director Eva Buttacavoli about “Breathing Deeply, Pushing Back.” Q: Generally describe what people will experience when they visit the gallery. Buttacavoli: Well, the exhibition is in three parts, really. The first part was a series of hanging panels depicting graphic black-and-white silhouettes of what the STEM students learned from their studies of...

Liberals’ assault on Christian judges should anger many

Seems that for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, being a believing Catholic is enough to disqualify a candidate for a federal judgeship. Feinstein stated as such at confirmation hearings for Notre Dame law professor Amy Barrett, nominated by President Trump to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. “I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma,” explained the Senator. “And I...

Death of NFL inevitable as middle class abandons the game

To witness the death of the multibillion-dollar National Football League, you really don’t need to see sportswriters wringing their hands over the moral dilemma of covering America’s Roman circus of brain trauma. And you don’t need to watch multimillionaire football stars, pampered for most of their lives, ostentatiously disrespecting the American national anthem, kneeling, their...

Not much to admire in Equifax case

A lot of people suddenly feel pretty socially insecure. Forty-one days after it happened, Equifax, one of three major U.S. credit bureaus, disclosed to the public that on July 29 it fell victim to a massive cyber-security leak that could potentially impact 143 million U.S. consumers. The company said it believes consumers’ personally identifiable information was exposed — including Social...

Don’t make too much of Trump’s deal with the Democrats

Be wary of anyone who purports to understand the deep meaning of President Trump’s decision to side with the Democrats on short-term budget issues. Nobody knows what he’s up to, and this probably includes Trump himself. Nonetheless, his recent foray into bipartisanship provides the occasion to explore the path he chose not to take at the beginning of his administration. He had the opportunity...

There is no such thing as a ‘deserving Dreamer’

Over and over again, from the mouths of politicians in both parties, identity politics purveyors and cheap labor lobbyists, we hear the same refrains about President Obama’s 800,000 amnestied illegal alien youths: “They don’t deserve to be punished.” “They deserve protection.” “They deserve the American dream.” Deserve, deserve, deserve. Over and over...
Barrone: Can Trump and Democrats make a deal on immigration?

Barrone: Can Trump and Democrats make a deal on immigration?

Can President Donald Trump and the Republican-majority Congress make a deal? That’s a question raised by the announcement that the Trump administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in six months. DACA, put in place by the Obama administration, provided protection from deportation to immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children and who didn&rsquo...

Trump focuses on nonexistent problems, worsens actual problems

It’s easy to get caught up in the deeply flawed character of Donald Trump. We also need to recognize the policy catastrophe of his presidency. Compare the trumped-up problems he’s been focusing on with the real problems facing this country. Last week, for example, Trump ordered an end to the Obama-era executive action that shielded around 800,000 young undocumented immigrants — often...

Working to help students learn civics lessons

The responsibility to instill students with civic responsibility (usually called civics) should be a community endeavor that will help hard-pressed teachers do the job. And that is, in fact, the goal of an initiative to support Dayton Public School social studies teachers. A coalition of community leaders led by U.S. District Judge Walter Rice, the Exchange Club of Dayton, the Dayton Bar Association...
Sanchez: Can Sen. McCaskill stem the opioid epidemic? She’s trying

Sanchez: Can Sen. McCaskill stem the opioid epidemic? She’s trying

If you want to understand America’s opioid epidemic, start with an autopsy. Sarah Fuller died March 25, 2016. She was 32, suffering from chronic head and neck pain due to two car accidents. The cause of her death was allegedly an overdose of Subsys, a highly addictive spray medication developed to ease intense pain associated with cancer — debilitating pain that other drugs can’t...

Not much to admire in Equifax case

A lot of people suddenly feel pretty socially insecure. Forty-one days after it happened, Equifax, one of three major U.S. credit bureaus, disclosed to the public that on July 29 it fell victim to a massive cyber-security leak that could potentially impact 143 million U.S. consumers. The company said it believes consumers’ personally identifiable information was exposed — including Social...

Don’t make too much of Trump’s deal with the Democrats

Be wary of anyone who purports to understand the deep meaning of President Trump’s decision to side with the Democrats on short-term budget issues. Nobody knows what he’s up to, and this probably includes Trump himself. Nonetheless, his recent foray into bipartisanship provides the occasion to explore the path he chose not to take at the beginning of his administration. He had the opportunity...

There is no such thing as a ‘deserving Dreamer’

Over and over again, from the mouths of politicians in both parties, identity politics purveyors and cheap labor lobbyists, we hear the same refrains about President Obama’s 800,000 amnestied illegal alien youths: “They don’t deserve to be punished.” “They deserve protection.” “They deserve the American dream.” Deserve, deserve, deserve. Over and over...
Barrone: Can Trump and Democrats make a deal on immigration?

Barrone: Can Trump and Democrats make a deal on immigration?

Can President Donald Trump and the Republican-majority Congress make a deal? That’s a question raised by the announcement that the Trump administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in six months. DACA, put in place by the Obama administration, provided protection from deportation to immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children and who didn&rsquo...

Trump focuses on nonexistent problems, worsens actual problems

It’s easy to get caught up in the deeply flawed character of Donald Trump. We also need to recognize the policy catastrophe of his presidency. Compare the trumped-up problems he’s been focusing on with the real problems facing this country. Last week, for example, Trump ordered an end to the Obama-era executive action that shielded around 800,000 young undocumented immigrants — often...

Working to help students learn civics lessons

The responsibility to instill students with civic responsibility (usually called civics) should be a community endeavor that will help hard-pressed teachers do the job. And that is, in fact, the goal of an initiative to support Dayton Public School social studies teachers. A coalition of community leaders led by U.S. District Judge Walter Rice, the Exchange Club of Dayton, the Dayton Bar Association...
Sanchez: Can Sen. McCaskill stem the opioid epidemic? She’s trying

Sanchez: Can Sen. McCaskill stem the opioid epidemic? She’s trying

If you want to understand America’s opioid epidemic, start with an autopsy. Sarah Fuller died March 25, 2016. She was 32, suffering from chronic head and neck pain due to two car accidents. The cause of her death was allegedly an overdose of Subsys, a highly addictive spray medication developed to ease intense pain associated with cancer — debilitating pain that other drugs can’t...
Controversial student art and the discussion it started

Controversial student art and the discussion it started

We are more polarized than ever as a country. What are our options? How can we move forward? How do we push back? How do we respond? How do we build for a better world when there is so much disagreement on what that should look like? When Eva Buttacavoli, executive director of the Dayton Visual Arts Center, asked me to curate this exhibition, we both agreed the it was important to feature the work...

Thoughts on 9/11

Reader Brian Jarvis, a city council member from Beavercreek, shared his thoughts about 9/11. ” It is important for us to gather on this day each year, as individuals as well as a society, to reflect on those tragic events. We need to remember those whose lives were taken on that day as well as those who willingly gave their lives for others. “The Beavercreek 9/11 Memorial, with its twisted...

No, they aren’t terrorists, but stop appeasing antifa

The Obama Department of Homeland Security concluded that left-wing “antifa” forces were engaged in “domestic terrorist violence,” according to documents obtained by Politico. Who am I to argue with the fine men and women of former President Obama’s DHS? With this moral victory secured, let me now break with some of my friends on the right and say that I think it&rsquo...

Can Democrats broaden their appeal beyond race and identity?

Before he slithered out of the White House, President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon gave Democrats a piece of advice that Trump himself shows no desire to follow: Dump the “identity politics.” “The Democrats,” Bannon said in an interview with Robert Kuttner of the liberal American Prospect, “the longer they talk about identity politics, I got...
America's division: We united in the wake of 9/11, then partisanship re-emerged

America's division: We united in the wake of 9/11, then partisanship re-emerged

After terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001, Americans swiftly responded with fellowship and patriotism.  People of different races and religions consoled one another at candlelight vigils. Others tattooed stars and stripes on their bodies. American flags rose up in neighborhoods across the nation. On the evening of the attacks, roughly 150 members of Congress ...

Opinion: Google allies itself with sex traffickers like Backpage.com

Sex traffickers in America have the police and prosecutors pursuing them, but they do have one crucial (if secret) ally: Google. Google’s motto has long been “Don’t be evil,” and I admire lots about the company. But organizations it funds have for years been quietly helping Backpage.com, the odious website where most American victims of human trafficking are sold, to battle...

Basically, walls just never work

Congress is back in session, so our respite from them is over. Actually, you feel sorry for some of them, because even while they were back home fundraising, attending pig roasts, and fundraising, Donald Trump announced that he would shut the government down if they didn’t come up with money to pay for his Mexican Wall. I’m sure that left many Congress people as confused as I was. I seem...

Getting ahead at the polls with the latest tech

Indian politician Narendra Modi has been seen at two or more political rallies, in different parts of the country, all at the same time. The effect was so lifelike that locals waited around after the speech to make sure he was not really there at the event. How did he do it? His campaign to be India’s prime minister used hologram technology that allowed him to appear to be live at rallies in...

Opinion: Penn school of law professor pokes the beehive

Professor Amy Wax of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law has poked a stick into a beehive. Tenure is liberating that way. In an op-ed for Philly.com, she argued, with Larry Alexander, a law professor at the University of San Diego, that the decline of “bourgeois values” since the 1950s has contributed to a host of social ills. Male labor-force participation rates are down to Depression-era...

Opinion: Will Congress be stirred from its slumber?

WASHINGTON — Today, worse is better. The president’s manifest and manifold inadequacies might awaken a slumbering Congress to the existence of its Article I powers and responsibilities. As a candidate, Donald Trump vowed devotion to all 12 of the Constitution’s seven articles. As president, Barack Obama, discerning a defect in the work of the 1787 Constitutional Convention, supplied...

Opinion: America, a land of liberty and justice for some

Steve Loomis is angry. Loomis, the head of Cleveland’s police union, is using words like “hypocritical,” ”ignorant,” and “offensive,” and you might, for a wishful second, convince yourself he’s talking about that day in 2014 when two Cleveland police skidded to a stop in front of a 12-year-old black boy playing with a toy gun in a park and instantly...

Opinion: On the Dreamers, Trump believes nothing

One of the most cynical quotations in history is also one of the most widely attributed. Let’s ponder the version associated with Groucho Marx: “Sincerity is the key to success. Once you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” From the moment Donald Trump opened his quest for the presidency, this idea has defined him and served as an organizing principle of his politics. He presented...

Opinion: Should Japan and South Korea go nuclear?

By setting off a 100-kiloton bomb, after firing a missile over Japan, Kim Jong Un has gotten the world’s attention. What else does he want? Almost surely not war with America. For no matter what damage Kim could visit on U.S. troops and bases in South Korea, Okinawa and Guam, his country would be destroyed and the regime his grandfather built annihilated. “The supreme art of war is to...

Opinion: It’s not too late to learn from our mistakes

Imagine that after the 9/11 attacks, the conversation had been limited to the tragedy in Lower Manhattan, the heroism of rescuers and the high heels of the visiting first lady — without addressing the risks of future terrorism. That’s how we have viewed Hurricane Harvey in Houston, as a gripping human drama but without adequate discussion of how climate change increases risks of such cataclysms...

Roy Moore can help restore U.S.’s Christian foundation

The rising political star of Judge Roy Moore in Alabama is another surprise in a political season defined by the unexpected and the unconventional. On Aug. 15, Moore finished ahead of Senator Luther Strange in a primary election to pick the Republican candidate who will run in November’s general election to fill the seat of former Senator Jeff Sessions. Sessions vacated the seat to become the...

COMMENTARY: Where was Obama during Katrina? Trick question

Some questions are more satisfying than their answers — if, that is, you care about facts. One such question exploded across the internet into flight like a flock of angry birds in defense of President Donald Trump against back-seat critics of his response to Hurricane Harvey. Among the defensive tweets, a deluge of “What about …?” questions flooded the Twitter-sphere concerning...

OPINION: The statues debate continues

Seems the debate about the propriety, and the future, of Confederate monuments isn’t going to fade soon. This came in from reader Tom Billing. “I find Frank Abernathy’s comment appalling. He does not take into account that the war was fought over slavery. No one ever mentions that when a country is defeated in war, their statues often are torn down. Remember when the U.S. overthrew...

COMMENTARY: A low blow that really hurts feminism

The position of first lady is an utterly thankless one. If she wades into policy, she’ll be greeted with an angry backlash because she’s unelected. Much like what people expect of British royalty, we want first ladies to show up and look pretty. But these last few weeks prove that for the wife of the media’s Most Hated President, looking pretty in and of itself could be an inexcusable...

Opinion: Critics of Trump’s Arpaio pardon have short memories

President Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, has drawn predictable responses. The left, which long ago exceeded its sell-by date when it comes to ideas that work, denounced the decision as racist (that’s all they have) and a perversion of justice. Some moderates, like Sen. John McCain and Sen. Jeff Flake, both Arizona Republicans, Speaker Paul...

Opinion: Football’s enjoyment is on a fade pattern

WASHINGTON — Autumn, which is bearing down upon us like a menacing linebacker, is, as John Keats said, a season of mists and mellow fruitfulness and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Actually, Keats, a romantic, did not mention that last part. He died before the birth of the subject of a waning American romance, football. This sport will never die but it will never again be, as it was until...

New book asks: Where did things go wrong at WSU?

Did you know that the Wright State University administration once set up a bungee jump near the campus buildings, scrapping it when it didn’t make enough money (at $69 per jump)? Or that the administration once developed a plan to reconfigure the campus by demolishing and replacing a number of campus buildings, including the Creative Arts Center (also scrapped)? Those boondoggles represent mere...

Opinion: Can the GOP’s shotgun marriage be saved?

On Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, 2016, Republicans awoke to learn they had won the lottery. Donald Trump had won the presidency by carrying Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. All three states had gone Democratic in the last six presidential elections. The GOP had won both houses of Congress. Party control of governorships and state legislatures rivaled the halcyon years of the 1920s. But not everyone...

Opinion: There once was a great nation with an unstable leader

What happens when the people of a great nation gradually realize that their leader may not be, er, quite right in the head? When Caligula became Roman emperor in AD 37, the people rejoiced. “On all sides, you could see nothing but altars and sacrifices, men and women decked in their holiday best and smiling,” according to the first-century writer Philo. The Senate embraced him, and he...

Opinion: Left shouldn’t be only ones ID’ing hate groups

As if recent events don’t give us enough to worry about, now we have a new missive in The Atlantic from former Vice President Joe Biden concerning the incident in Charlottesville. Biden wants to declare America a hate-free zone. He says we should declare “no place for these hate groups in America. Hatred of blacks, Jews, immigrants — all who are seen as ‘the other’ &mdash...

Making America polluted again

Efforts to kill Obamacare have failed, at least for now. Tax “reform” — which really means big tax cuts for the rich — faces doubtful prospects. Indeed, these prospects may have become even more doubtful thanks to Louise Linton, wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin: Her now infamous Instagram rant may open at least a few voters’ eyes to the contempt “populist&rdquo...

U.S. is a nation divided by identity politics

Editor’s Note: Mona Charen is off. The following is a column by Suzanne Fields. Every generation has its own axe to grind, attitudes to assume and enemies to attack. It’s the way the young move into maturity, sometimes with smarts and sometimes without. Every generation wants to make the world over in its own image. Action and reaction can be creative as well as destructive, but the rhetoric...

Opinion: Trump’s trade outlook proves he’s a novice protectionist

WASHINGTON — Sooner or later, and the later the better, the president’s wandering attention will flit, however briefly, to the subject of trade. So, let us try to think about the problem as he seems to: Wily cosmopolitans beyond our borders are insinuating across our borders goods that Americans, perhaps misled by British economist David Ricardo, persist in purchasing. Exactly 200 years...

Opinion: America repudiates her president

A remarkable thing happened last week. You might have missed it, because while it happened in plain sight, it also happened in increments. You had to put the pieces together to appreciate the magnitude of it. Last week, you see, America repudiated its president. This, of course, was in response to that pathetic performance in the wake of the tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia, when he suggested...

Opinion: Is Trump’s agenda being eclipsed?

“I have not become the King’s First Minister in order to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire,” said Winston Churchill to cheers at the Lord Mayor’s luncheon in London in November 1942. True to his word, the great man did not begin the liquidation. When his countrymen threw him out in July 1945, that role fell to Clement Attlee, who began the liquidation. Churchill...

The most consequential question facing the world

What is the single most important issue before us? To ask the question is either to invite scoffing or to call forth a cacophony of replies. For starters: the North Korean confrontation, globalization, climate change, rising inequality, terrorism or the ongoing troubles in the Middle East. But at the risk of being accused of cultural imperialism, I’d argue that the challenge to liberal democracy...

Opinion: Watching the eclipse in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. — It was a lovely August morning here in Salem, with a warm sun blazing from a blue sky, when the world began to end. Or that’s what it felt like. Imperceptibly the sky darkened, and instead of growing hotter, the air grew cool. It was as if dusk began at 9:30 a.m. Then, abruptly, in just a few minutes, a bit after 10 a.m., night spread across Salem, where I was watching the...

Opinion: Trump should condemn racists and alt-left

Dear Mr. President, After your initial remarks addressing the tragedy that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, I wrote that you were correct. I agreed with you, and honest scrutiny of the facts of what occurred there that day bear out, that bigotry and violence were on display on “many sides.” But this effort to soothe and unify the nation unfortunately came up short. Many felt that...

Opinion: Is the party of Lincoln now the party of Lee?

This year will mark my 30th anniversary as a syndicated columnist. During these years, I have written more words than I would have preferred about race. But race is America’s great moral stain and unending challenge. I’ve tackled school choice, affirmative action, transracial adoption, crime, police conduct, family structure, poverty, free-enterprise zones and more. Some of those columns...

Opinion: Sadly, the United States is not ‘better than this’

It has become the go-to cliche for moments like this. We whisper it when someone breaks the mosque window or scrawls hatred on the synagogue wall. It is our assurance and our hope. “We are better than this,” we say. “This is not America.” So it is no surprise to be hearing that sentiment days after white supremacists descended, armored and armed, on a Virginia college town...

Opinion: Tragedy in Charlottesville should unite decent Americans

In the South during the Jim Crow era, the “one-drop rule,” codified into law, asserted that if a person had just one drop of African-American blood, they were considered “black.” I wonder what we’d learn if we gave former KKK leader David Duke and the “white nationalists” who caused havoc in Charlottesville last Saturday a DNA test to determine their racial...
Cass Sunstein: Trump actually did something good this week

Cass Sunstein: Trump actually did something good this week

Obscured by the tumult surrounding President Donald Trump’s horrendous response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, the White House managed to take a significant positive step this week: issuing an executive order designed to lower regulatory barriers to infrastructure projects, and to speed up and simplify the process for obtaining necessary permits and clearances. If the permitting...

Opinion: If we erase our history, who are we?

When the Dodge Charger of 20-year-old Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields Jr., plunged into that crowd of protesters Saturday, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, Fields put Charlottesville on the map of modernity alongside Ferguson. Before Fields ran down the protesters, and then backed up, running down more, what was happening seemed but a bloody brawl between extremists on both sides of the issue...
Gail Collins: How to handle Donald Trump

Gail Collins: How to handle Donald Trump

Donald Trump is still president. Hard to know what to do with this, people. In less than a week he’s managed to put on one of the most divisive, un-helpful, un-healing presidential performances in American history. It’s been a great stretch for fans of Richard Nixon and James Buchanan. On Wednesday, Trump had to dissolve his business advisory councils because the CEOs were fleeing like...

Opinion: Heaven comes with blisters, poison ivy and mosquitos

ON THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL, Calif. — This will make me sound grouchy and misanthropic, but I sometimes wonder if what makes America great isn’t so much its people as its trees and mountains. In contrast to many advanced countries, we have a vast and spectacular publicly owned wilderness, mostly free and available to all. The affluent have gated neighborhoods, private schools, backup generators...

Trump is right: bigotry, violence ‘on many sides’

British writer and theologian G.K. Chesterton observed, “It is hatred that unites people — while love is always individual.” The use of hatred to mobilize has a long and bloody history. We should understand why it works so well. It taps into human weakness. It exploits the unwillingness of individuals to take responsibility for their own lives, to courageously confront life&rsquo...

COMMENTARY: Where does climate change denial come from?

“It’s Not Your Imagination: Summers Are Getting Hotter.” So read a recent headline in The Times, highlighting a decade-by-decade statistical analysis by climate expert James Hansen. “Most summers,” the analysis concluded, “are now either hot or extremely hot compared with the mid-20th century.” So what else is new? At this point the evidence for human-caused...

Opinion: Jeff Flake’s ‘Conservative Conscience’

The book pulls no punches. It sharply condemns conservatism for its role in a “culture of vicious dehumanization,” not to mention its sins of incoherence, rejection of empirical fact and plain hypocrisy. Writing of the rush by the conservative party, i.e., the GOP, to embrace the regrettable Donald Trump during the last election, the author is blunt and unsparing. “Never has a party...

Opinion: Why can’t we have rational conversation about immigration?

WASHINGTON — What better way to usher in the hissingly hot dog days of summer, otherwise known as August, than with a high-wire verbal duel between CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta and White House sniper Stephen Miller. The sniping began during a news conference Wednesday, the same day President Trump endorsed Senate Republicans’ plan to reform legal immigration from family-based...
Trudy Rubin: How Trump’s loose lips can sink us all

Trudy Rubin: How Trump’s loose lips can sink us all

Here’s the good news about the crisis over North Korea. We are not going to war. Donald Trump is not going to nuke Pyongyang. Nor is North Korea’s Kim Jong Un going to nuke Guam. Yes, I know the president just threatened to meet any more North Korean threats to the United States “with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” This is the kind of extreme military rhetoric...
Ed Rogers: At a time like this, Trump’s team sure seems heaven-sent

Ed Rogers: At a time like this, Trump’s team sure seems heaven-sent

War clouds are gathering over the Korean Peninsula, and we are reminded of what former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld (almost) famously said: “You go to war with the president you have, not the president you might want or wish to have at a later time.” President Donald Trump probably possesses the raw will to launch an attack that will leave North Korea smoldering. The U.S. military...

Opinion: After the coup by the press, what then?

That the Trump presidency is bedeviled is undeniable. As President Donald Trump flew off for August at his Jersey club, there came word that Special Counsel Robert Mueller III had impaneled a grand jury and subpoenas were going out to the Trump family and campaign associates. The jurors will be drawn from a pool of citizens in a city Hillary Clinton swept with 91 percent of the vote. Trump got 4 percent...

Opinion: Motherhood is deadlier in United States

HOUSTON — We love mothers, or at least we say we do, and we claim that motherhood is as American as apple pie. We’re lying. In fact, we’ve structured health care so that motherhood is far more deadly in the United States than in other advanced countries. An American woman is about five times as likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth as a British woman — partly because Britain...

Ending anti-conservative bias on campuses is real affirmative action

Affirmative action is once again in the news. This time because of a leaked Justice Department memo indicating possible action regarding complaints from Asian-American groups that Harvard University is discriminating against Asian-Americans in its admissions policies. As this story was breaking, Harvard said that, for the first time in history, the majority of its incoming freshman class will not...

Opinion: Columbia University’s Mattress Girl discredited

If you haven’t heard of the “mattress girl,” it’s not for lack of trying among liberal opinion-shapers. Emma Sulkowicz, who dragged a blue mattress around Columbia University’s campus in 2014 to dramatize her plight as a rape victim, was profiled sympathetically in New York magazine, The New York Times and other publications. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, invited her...
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