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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: Earth's soil takes care of life Commentary: Earth's soil takes care of life
1 week ago - - JOHN CRISP
Scientists and philosophers occasionally contemplate the tiny tolerances that make life on earth possible. Sometimes they refer to our globe’s orbit as the “Goldilocks Zone.” [Read More]
Commentary: More honest approach on executions Commentary: More honest approach on executions
2 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Capital punishment in America resembles a mild chronic disease that we’ve learned to live with. Most of the time it resides quietly in semi-remission, though occasionally it flares up enough for us to notice it, but not enough to make us take the cure. [Read More]
Commentary: Dubious distinction for whale calf Commentary: Dubious distinction for whale calf
4 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Last month, SeaWorld’s chief zoological officer, Chris Dold, said that the impending birth of a killer whale calf at the franchise’s San Antonio marine mammal park would probably be “bittersweet.” [Read More]
Commentary: On children and war Commentary: On children and war
5 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Morality and war have always been uncomfortable bedfellows. Maybe things were simpler in the past. [Read More]
Commentary: A drastic solution to a serious problem Commentary: A drastic solution to a serious problem
7 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Two contiguous stories in my local newspaper last week describe the same growing national problem, one in analytical statistical terms, the other as horrifying human tragedy. [Read More]
Commentary: What do we do now about health care? Commentary: What do we do now about health care?
8 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
In an ideal world, politics is the means by which we resolve competing interests without losing sight of the principle that every politician’s first responsibility should always be serving the well-being of the body politic. [Read More]
Commentary: A mosque burns in Victoria, Texas Commentary: A mosque burns in Victoria, Texas
15 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Victoria, Texas, isn’t mentioned in The New York Times very often, but most Victorians probably didn’t welcome several references last week to an incident that occurred there in the early morning hours of Jan. 28. [Read More]
Commentary: Good relations start with Mexico Commentary: Good relations start with Mexico
16 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
After only a week, it’s difficult to determine whether President Trump’s domestic policies or his international policies represent a greater threat to the United States. I’m guessing international. [Read More]
Commentary: A different kind of president Commentary: A different kind of president
18 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
On Friday, we will inaugurate Donald Trump as our 45th president. Please note that I’m using the pronoun “our.” [Read More]
Commentary: Dylann Roof and death penalty Commentary: Dylann Roof and death penalty
19 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
It’s not difficult to develop a list of reasonable objections to capital punishment. We’ve never been very good at applying the ultimate penalty evenhandedly across categories of race, gender and, certainly, economic class. [Read More]
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