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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: Obama's cautious strategy on ISIS may not work Commentary: Obama's cautious strategy on ISIS may not work
52 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
The Republican presidential candidates’ responses to President Barack Obama’s Dec. 6 speech on his strategy to defeat the Islamic State were uniformly negative. [Read More]
Commentary: Crime prevention in a free society Commentary: Crime prevention in a free society
53 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
The 2002 film “Minority Report” postulates a future in which a special police unit can detect crimes before they occur and thereby both prevent the crime and punish its perpetrator. [Read More]
Commentary: Another good reason to accept refugees Commentary: Another good reason to accept refugees
54 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Last week’s vote by the House of Representatives to impose additional restrictions on the admission of Syrian refugees into the United States was a bad idea. [Read More]
Commentary: Devices distract nearly all of us Commentary: Devices distract nearly all of us
55 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Here’s a question that I pose occasionally to the college freshmen in my writing classes: Which is more interesting, television or conversation with other human beings? [Read More]
Commentary: The war that ended the peace Commentary: The war that ended the peace
58 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
60 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?
61 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
63 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
65 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
68 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]
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