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JOHN CRISP

John M. Crisp teaches English at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. His column is distributed by Scripps Howard News Service.

Articles by JOHN CRISP

Commentary: NIMBY in my backyard
1 day ago - - JOHN CRISP
Here’s a local story with national implications: With an average wind speed of around 12 mph, the city where I live isn’t the windiest place in the country. [Read More]
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Commentary: The pope hoes long, uphill row Commentary: The pope hoes long, uphill row
2 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
I like Pope Francis, too, though I won’t be thoroughly smitten by him until he changes his mind on celibacy, contraception and equality for women in the church. [Read More]
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Commentary: Millennials open to high-speed rail? Commentary: Millennials open to high-speed rail?
3 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Two questions: Why doesn’t our nation have more passenger trains? And does the younger generation’s declining interest in driving imply an opening for the expansion of public high-speed rail? [Read More]
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Commentary: The desirable nation we think we can't afford Commentary: The desirable nation we think we can't afford
4 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
At a time when many students still see college as their best hope for a rewarding career, higher education has become more expensive, far outpacing the steady increase in the cost of living. [Read More]
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Commentary: Should parents protect their sons from football? Commentary: Should parents protect their sons from football?
7 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Disclosure: I am not a parent. But it’s easy to understand and sympathize with the dilemma faced by mothers and fathers of strapping boys who are avid to play football on their junior high, high school or college teams. [Read More]
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Commentary: Is Woody Allen a child molester? Commentary: Is Woody Allen a child molester?
9 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Filmmaker Woody Allen’s integrity — really, his decency and humanity — was called into question on Feb. 1 when Nicholas Kristof, a prominent columnist for The New York Times, published on his blog an open letter from Dylan Farrow, Allen’s 28-year-old adoptive daughter ... [Read More]
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Commentary: A good day to remember a bad time Commentary: A good day to remember a bad time
13 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Martin Luther King Jr. Day always coincides with the beginning of the spring semester at my college. So, over the weekend that includes the holiday, I usually ask my students to read King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” [Read More]
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Commentary: No bullies in the bully pulpit, please Commentary: No bullies in the bully pulpit, please
13 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Maybe there’s a way to give New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie a pass on what some are calling “Bridgegate,” but it won’t be easy. [Read More]
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Commentary: Pot legalization creates challenge Commentary: Pot legalization creates challenge
15 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Colorado took an extraordinary step last week when, on Jan. 1, it implemented a law that legalizes the sale of marijuana for recreational use. The state of Washington isn’t far behind Colorado, and it’s likely that if their experiments play out reasonably well, other states will legalize pot ... [Read More]
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Commentary: An ambitious, but worthy wish for 2014 Commentary: An ambitious, but worthy wish for 2014
16 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
I’ve never been a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. They often have the feel of death-bed conversions, of passionate commitments to do the right thing after most of the pleasures and benefits of doing the wrong thing have run their course. [Read More]
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