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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 right to be offended Commentary: The right to be offended
17 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
As the American Civil War recedes steadily into the past, disputes over the display of the symbols of the Confederacy, especially on public property, persist. Such a battle is currently developing in Texas. [Read More]
Commentary: Who were we kidding anyway? Commentary: Who were we kidding anyway?
18 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
After many years of teaching in college, I’ve concluded that few demographic groups are more pitiless, hardhearted and coldblooded than a class full of college freshmen. [Read More]
Commentary: Has football left reason far behind? Commentary: Has football left reason far behind?
19 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Sometimes the poignancy and irony of adjacent newspaper stories seem, to me at least, more obvious in print than on the Web. Here’s an example: [Read More]
Commentary: Pipeline battle more symbol than science Commentary: Pipeline battle more symbol than science
20 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
The battle over the Keystone XL pipeline is more symbolic than substantial. [Read More]
Commentary: Brother, can you spare a dime? Commentary: Brother, can you spare a dime?
22 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
My neighborhood is natural habitat for beggars and panhandlers. The freeway is only a few blocks away, and its overpasses often harbor bedraggled men with cardboard signs asking for a handout. [Read More]
Commentary: Resisting the urge to avert our eyes Commentary: Resisting the urge to avert our eyes
23 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Nik Wallenda, renowned daredevil, defied death again on Nov. 2 by successfully crossing a high wire strung among skyscrapers in Chicago. [Read More]
Commentary: Community colleges' role key Commentary: Community colleges' role key
26 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Consider these two current national trends: the exploding cost of going to college and the widening American wealth and income gap. [Read More]
Commentary: An inevitability in Middle East Commentary: An inevitability in Middle East
27 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
At the end of September, two adjacent columns on the New York Times website pointed toward an inescapable conclusion, expressed in the last two sentences of the second column, which we will get to in a moment. [Read More]
Commentary: Give Obama a break on latte salute Commentary: Give Obama a break on latte salute
28 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Some issues that take on life briefly in the media these days are so trivial that one hesitates to resurrect them once they’ve reached the end of their natural life span, which is ordinarily about the same as a mayfly’s. [Read More]
COMMENTARY: The complacent vs. the apocalyptic
30 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Apart from outright denial, our options for thinking about climate change are limited, ranging from resignation and complacency at one end to the robustly apocalyptic at the other. [Read More]
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