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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: Crime and punishment, American style Commentary: Crime and punishment, American style
46 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
48 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
49 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
50 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
51 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
52 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]
Commentary: Pride or shame in Confederacy? Commentary: Pride or shame in Confederacy?
55 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Should we feel proud of our rebellious Confederate ancestors? Or should we be embarrassed by them? [Read More]
Commentary: Remove battle flag, but then what? Commentary: Remove battle flag, but then what?
56 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Let’s start at a place where consensus is easy: No one that I know of is arguing that anyone should be prohibited from displaying the South’s most familiar icon — the Confederate battle flag — on his person or his private property. [Read More]
Commentary: A right to depict Muhammad? Commentary: A right to depict Muhammad?
63 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
I’m thinking of inviting Pam Geller over to my house on July 4th to burn an American flag in the backyard. [Read More]
Commentary: Mom's intentions good, actions not Commentary: Mom's intentions good, actions not
64 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Credit Toya Graham with good intentions in the face of a tough parenting challenge. She’s the Baltimore single mom who snatched her 16-year-old son, Michael, by his hoodie out of a crowd of rioters last week. [Read More]
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