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Not all landmark Supreme Court decisions are admirable. Some are frankly infamous, including Plessy v. Ferguson. In 1896, in Plessy, the Court constitutionalized racial segregation in the South. The Court’s opinion plundered Black Americans’ newly confirmed rights “guaranteed” by the 13th and 14th...
Did you know that rhubarb is a vegetable? A tart vegetable, rhubarb, is often paired with sweet fruits making for a pleasing dessert. This means a heavenly dessert made with rhubarb and strawberries is a blend of fruit and vegetable. Since rhubarb takes on the flavor of the fruit or vegetable it is...
For the past week, we Americans have struggled with how to relate to one another. On June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. In the Dobbs case, the Supreme Court overturned its prior ruling that the U.S. Constitution’s implied right to...
The Steel Seizure Case (1952) raised the critical issue of the constitutional prescription for confronting emergencies. President Harry Truman, facing a nationwide steel strike, which he believed would undermine America’s participation in the Korean War and the rebuilding of Europe, boldly asserted...
F rom a teenager’s perspective, summer is supposed to be the time when everyone has limited responsibilities and focuses on relaxing before the grind starts in the fall. High-schoolers of all ages use summer to go to the lake, catch up with friends and family and even go on a couple of vacations if...
W e have all heard the expression that our summer season is actually nicknamed “construction,” but what is happening in Yellowstone right now is going to be incredible. Some estimates said repairs from flooding in the first national park will cost in the billions. But right out of the box, numbers...
A nother year has come and gone, and already the 2021-22 high school sports seasons are in the books. It seems like forever when volleyball, football, girls’ swimming and cross country stretch their legs to kick things off in August, until soccer and track cross the finish line in May, but year...
H oly cow, where do I start? I have been writing these “advice to graduate” columns for almost four decades and each year some of the main points remain constant.  For example, go find some mentors.  Also, if you fail, move on.  You are young – that can be your advantage. And so on. But this year?...
What inspires us? What is it that gets us to put forth our very best effort and be the best selves we can possibly be?  Being involved in sports through the past several decades, I’ve watched teams that win, I’ve watched teams that almost win, I’ve watched teams that are on the brink of winning and...
T he U.S. Supreme Court’s first major ruling on the meaning of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause was in Everson v. Board of Education, in 1947, when it upheld a state law that provided busing of students to parochial schools. The Court’s entry into this constitutional maze foreshadowed the...

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