Confederate flag a source of pride? For what?
The recent racist-inspired slaughter in a church in South Carolina reminds us that racism remains in this country, despite the progress that has been made. It should be a source of pride that we have a black president, but for too many still, that legacy of racism cannot be vanquished. The photos of the shooter with the Confederate flag should give us pause. More than 50 years ago, in 1962 when
By Mary McKay on Jun 23, 2015
The Cost of Teacher Turnover
The weaknesses in the United States education system have been criticized for decades, yet no quick-fix thrown at the problem has been totally successful. In this interview with Dr. Ingersoll ( http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2015/03/30/395322012/the-hidden-costs-of-teacher-turnover) , we see that teacher turnover has a monetary cost, and perhaps that will get the attention of those who continue to co
By Mary McKay on Apr 06, 2015
'Drifting' into teen pregnancy? Hard to believe
I admire Nicholas Kristof for his efforts to raise awareness of issues that most Americans don’t think about, or perhaps just prefer not to think about. He has courageously done it again in The New York Times in a recent column that should be required reading for parents and politicians alike, “Politicians, Teens and Birth Control.” A third of American teen girls become pregnant, he says. We shoul
By Mary McKay on Nov 20, 2014
Loving and Hating "The Goldfinch"
I thought I was alone when I first thought of Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch as “Dickensian.” Now that I have finished this 700+ page novel and have looked back at what has been said about this book, I see that many have called it so. Why is it Dickensian? We have the saga of a sad, orphaned boy who drifts from adventure to adventure as he grows up, who encounters an assortment of vivid characters al
By Mary McKay on Nov 10, 2014
End of Gridlock?
“Gridlock and dysfunction must end.” (Mitch McConnell, November 5, 2014). The joke is on the Republicans after this mid-term election of 2014. It’s hilarious. Even if they truly wanted to, they can’t allow their strategy of gridlock and dysfunction to end. Their entire strategy is based on it. Right wing Republicans, fired up by the likes of extremist and paranoid radio talk show hosts, have state
By Mary McKay on Nov 06, 2014
Teach for America to revamp its training program
Teach for America is an admired institution with admirable intentions. But teaching isn't just any job; author and educator Parker Palmer refers to teaching as a calling. Teach for America has its merits, but only 30 percent remain in the classroom after their two-year commitment is over. No matter how altruistic these college grads may start out, when they emerge from a brief summer training peri
By Mary McKay on Mar 21, 2014
Being right (and correct) on abortion
Give credit to the Republicans who have had the courage to embarrass their party and lose recent elections by sticking to the true pro-life position. Losing candidates like Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock and others have made clear that it is not OK to terminate pregnancies, even in the cases of rape or incest. Their position is based on the belief that life begins with a fertilized egg that must be
By Mary McKay on Dec 03, 2012
Part II: Undecided voter in a swing state - Shhh!
The election is over, thank the gods (except for the pundits who are already jonesing for 2016 - what's up with that?). As a recovering voter who agonized over the election (see Allvoices, "I'm an Undecided Voter in a Swing State - Shhh!") it can now be reported that a voter can be undecided even walking into the voting booth. By the time Election Day finally arrived I was so weary of the polls an
By Mary McKay on Nov 21, 2012
Hey Mitt, here's what you'll do about the VP slot
This election year is reminiscent in many ways of 1980, when Ronald Reagan won the presidency. The polls indicated a close election between him and President Jimmy Carter for most of the year, followed by a landslide that few saw coming. Reagan, who had failed to obtain the nomination in the previous election years 1968 and 1976, beat several other GOP candidates in the primaries to get the nomina
By Mary McKay on Jul 26, 2012