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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: The war that ended the peace Commentary: The war that ended the peace
30 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
In his poem, “Channel Firing,” written just months before the beginning of World War I, Thomas Hardy pictures the dead slumbering quietly in their graves in a peaceful British churchyard. Suddenly they’re awakened by the booming sound of naval gunfire out in the Channel. [Read More]
Commentary: Prudent professors in a well-armed classroom Commentary: Prudent professors in a well-armed classroom
32 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
In our national firearms debate, the side that favors less gun control, rather than more, seems to have developed momentum unimpeded by the barely noticed, day-to-day death toll from guns or by regular mass shootings. [Read More]
Commentary: Why are we so willing to tolerate school shootings? Commentary: Why are we so willing to tolerate school shootings?
33 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
At nearly the same moment as the mass shooting in Roseburg, Ore., an ominous, coincidental reverberation of that commonplace American theme — school shootings — broke across my own community college campus, here in south Texas. [Read More]
Commentary: It's still OK to read printed book Commentary: It's still OK to read printed book
35 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
I harbor a fond nostalgia for the technologies of my youth. [Read More]
Commentary: Crime and punishment, American style Commentary: Crime and punishment, American style
37 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Here’s a word that we don’t use much: “condign.” It’s means “fitting” or “appropriate,” but these days we nearly always attach it to the concept of punishment, that is, “Does the punishment fit the crime?” [Read More]
Commentary: Higher education critique overstated Commentary: Higher education critique overstated
40 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
At about the time you’re reading this column, I may be holding the first or second class meeting for the courses that I teach at my college. The fall semester is just beginning, providing an occasion to reflect for a moment on higher education in America. [Read More]
Commentary: Issue of torture back in spotlight Commentary: Issue of torture back in spotlight
40 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Two interesting stories appeared in the same edition of my local newspaper last week. The first involves an awkward problem that Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush faces: His brother, former president George W. Bush. [Read More]
Commentary: Football decision tough for parents Commentary: Football decision tough for parents
41 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
My nephew, a responsible, sweet-natured young father, reports that his son, 12, will be trying out for his school’s football team this fall. [Read More]
Commentary: Cecil the lion vs. Walter the dentist Commentary: Cecil the lion vs. Walter the dentist
42 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
The unseemly saga of Cecil the lion versus Walter Palmer, Minnesota dentist, reminds me of Ernest Hemingway’s masterpiece on big-game trophy hunting, “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.” It’s readily available online. [Read More]
Commentary: Nuke deal buys time for other options Commentary: Nuke deal buys time for other options
43 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Note how much the Middle East has changed in the last decade, and then consider the difficulty of predicting how it will look in 10 to 15 years, the rough time frame for the nuclear accord recently negotiated with Iran. [Read More]
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