Op-Ed

How John Steinbeck’s In Dubious Battle Helps Us Navigate Social Discord

By Stephen Cooper Rarely since the Great Depression has our country been as polarized and angry as it is today. On television, in newspapers, on social media, around ...

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A life without parole sentence – not the death penalty – for Hitler

By Stephen Cooper In a blood-thirsty column clamoring for faster executions in the United States, John Steele Gordon, a writer specializing in financial and business history, asserts: “Had ...

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Op-Ed: Nothing is fair about Alabama’s “Fair Justice Act”

By Stephen Cooper Tied for seventh among states with the most exonerated defendants according to a February report by the National Registry of Exonerations, Alabama’s unsatisfied; it’d like ...

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Ghoulishness Envelops Arkansas’ Mass Execution Schedule

By Stephen Cooper Ghoulishness envelops Arkansas’ decision to pump deadly drugs into eight men over the next fortnight. Although two of the eight scheduled executions have definitively been ...

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John Steinbeck’s To a God Unknown: How to Be a Writer In the Age of Donald Trump

By Stephen Cooper It’s easy to read John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, winner of the 1940 Pulitzer Prize, and as Stephen King describes in his best-selling book On Writing, ...

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Women Surviving the Streets

By Arnold Burgos On February 17, 2017, an unnamed homeless woman was found lifeless in the doorway of a Mission Life Church in Fresno California. Her lifeless body ...

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John Steinbeck’s Road Map For Resisting Donald Trump

By Stephen Cooper A recent blog post of the National Book Critics Circle asked members “at this time of cultural shift” in the dawning era of Donald Trump ...

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Gun Rights Under a Trump Presidency

By Michael Schwartz Second Amendment supporters in San Diego County are looking forward to a Trump administration. Although the most problematic gun laws restricting our Second Amendment rights ...

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Three Charitable Giving Tips for Tax Season

By Glen Newhart, MBA, CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) It’s tax season, and while you’re thinking of it, it’s the perfect time to create an action plan for charitable ...

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The Winter of Our Discontent Deepens as Trumpettes Party

By William Ray It’s doubtful Donald Trump ever read The Winter of Our Discontent, John Steinbeck’s 1961 novel about greed, xenophobia, and corruption in Eisenhower-era America. But for fans of ...

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Is Reading Steinbeck an Antidote to Donald Trump?

By Stephen Cooper A rotten egg incubated by reality television and hatched by retrograde thinking about women and the world, the presidency of Donald Trump is creating anxiety, ...

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Truth or Twitter? Why Donald Trump Is No John Steinbeck

By Stephen Cooper Donald Trump bragged, via tweet, that he’s the Ernest Hemingway of Twitter. Unfortunately for us, the new president possesses neither the courage nor the self-control ...

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Benny King and the Criminalization of Addiction in America

By Stephen Cooper Benny King is a gregarious, good-hearted, God-fearing 53-year-old black man from Alabama who shouldn’t be in prison. But he is. Mr. King is serving 14-months ...

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Off Limits: Of Mice and Men and the Death Penalty Today

By Stephen Cooper Seventy years after its publication John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men continues to stimulate debate, pro and con, about the death penalty. But justifying capital ...

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The Joy of Public Defense

By Stephen Cooper When a zealous public defender acting as the effective lawyer guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment was handcuffed in a Las Vegas courtroom in May for ...

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