Commentary

Alvarez: Corona Crisis in prisons

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If you’ve ever had a parent or loved one incarcerated, you know how scary it can be. There’s so much that can go wrong in prison, and neither you nor your loved one have much control over it.

Hamilton: Nation needs a change of direction

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We’ve seen plenty of evidence lately of the deep polarization in this country. Even as ordinary Americans, for the most part, have been remarkably united and many governors and mayors have worked hard and effectively to deal with the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the national politicians, political parties and their partisan adherents have found plenty to fight about. In national politics, sad to say, it’s business as usual.

Cole: Police reform must be Bipartisan

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Following the reprehensible treatment and tragic death of George Floyd, there has rightly been a national outcry against what took place both under the watch of and at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis – a clear and despicable violation of the solemn oath police officers take to serve and protect their fellow citizens. While the overwhelming majority of officers faithfully and bravely discharge their responsibilities each and every day, the death of George Floyd is a sobering reminder that abuses of power clearly exist and must be addressed.

Alvarez: Land of the Unfree

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When I was a child, I learned to believe that Americans valued freedom and equality more than any other place on the planet. I learned that, in our criminal justice system, we were innocent until proven guilty.

Knapp: Freedom to do stupid things, not that we have to

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NBC News reports that US president Donald Trump is “furious” over “underwhelming” attendance at his June 20 campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Only 6,200 of 19,000 seats ended up cradling Trump supporters’ butts. An optimistically pre-arranged overflow area went unused.

Knapp: Afghanistan; pot meet kettle

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“American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan,” claims the New York Times.

Burk: Child care in the time of Corona

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Child care in the time of coronavirus is one of the most challenging financial and logistical hurdles facing families. But while it’s certainly much more difficult now with many child care facilities closed, it’s far from a new problem.