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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: Moral outrage over torture Commentary: Moral outrage over torture
1 week ago - - JOHN CRISP
Assume there are two types of countries in the world: those that torture and those that don’t. Americans who believe that our nation is among non-torturers may have been disappointed recently when President Barack Obama announced, somewhat inelegantly, that “we tortured some folks.” [Read More]
Commentary: The other domestic violence Commentary: The other domestic violence
2 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Some problems just never go away. Israel and Hamas. Climate change. Men hitting women. [Read More]
Commentary: A local climate-change laboratory Commentary: A local climate-change laboratory
4 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
If you were looking for a place to contemplate global climate change in a microcosm — climate change writ small — you could do worse than to consider my humble corner of the world. [Read More]
Commentary: Family activities for Fourth of July Commentary: Family activities for Fourth of July
7 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Happy Fourth of July! The Fourth is always a grand day to consider what a remarkable nation we live in. I’m not fond of the language of “American Exceptionalism,” the idea that our nation is a “shining city on a hill,” chosen by God for some profound spiritual purpose. [Read More]
Commentary: Iraq exit may lead through Iran Commentary: Iraq exit may lead through Iran
8 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
I’m skeptical about the capacity of the force of arms to provide solutions that endure very far into the future. [Read More]
Commentary: 'Crazy' matters in Vegas killings Commentary: 'Crazy' matters in Vegas killings
9 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Please indulge my colloquial use of the term "crazy" for the purposes of this column. I mean no disrespect to people who suffer from mental disorders. [Read More]
Commentary: A difficult but correct decision Commentary: A difficult but correct decision
10 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
The commentary evoked by the recent prisoner swap — five terrorists in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl — calls for context. The trade was an unsavory arrangement, but President Obama — and Bergdahl — was out of options and tim [Read More]
Commentary: Hash-oil brownies loaded with irony Commentary: Hash-oil brownies loaded with irony
12 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
This would be easy to overstate, but in comparison with much of the world, our country does a decent job of administering justice in a measured, equitable manner. [Read More]
Commentary: What do rest of us do during prayer? Commentary: What do rest of us do during prayer?
14 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
In a recent column, I suggested that our nation might be better off if we didn’t spend so much time reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, a ritual that originated from a combination of xenophobia and a desire to sell flags and flagpoles to every school. [Read More]
Commentary: What if there is no post-racial? Commentary: What if there is no post-racial?
15 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
It usually makes me uncomfortable when people suffer bad consequences for actions or statements, no matter how repugnant, that they have every right to assume are private. [Read More]
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