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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: 'Crazy' matters in Vegas killings Commentary: 'Crazy' matters in Vegas killings
18 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
19 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
21 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?
23 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?
24 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]
Commentary: NIMBY in my backyard
26 weeks 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]
Commentary: The pope hoes long, uphill row Commentary: The pope hoes long, uphill row
28 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]
Commentary: Millennials open to high-speed rail? Commentary: Millennials open to high-speed rail?
29 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]
Commentary: The desirable nation we think we can't afford Commentary: The desirable nation we think we can't afford
30 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]
Commentary: Should parents protect their sons from football? Commentary: Should parents protect their sons from football?
33 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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