What is America? What does it mean to be American?

America IS protest.  To be American is to make your views known.  To be patriotic is to stand up for what you believe. The Boston Tea Party was not “civil” or “polite” – and it galvanized a movement that became a nation. In August of 2017, we issued a statement entitled “There is no room... Continue Reading →

What is “political” and “nonpolitical” in today’s society?

As a blogger writing on behalf of a nonprofit, I am always mindful of the need to remain “nonpolitical” in these posts.  Today, however, I find myself a bit confused by the underlying issue and I must ask this question: In today’s climate, what is a “political” issue and what is a “non-political” issue? An... Continue Reading →

We are New Zealand…

Statement in support of New Zealand: We at Cultural Crossroads are shocked and horrified at the terrorist attack on the mosques in Christchurch.  Hatred and violence have no place in a civilized society.  We stand with the victims and with all peoples of the world against all such acts and the fear and hatred that... Continue Reading →

THIS YEAR, WE RESOLVE…

As these words are written, it is now 11:45 pm on Dec 31, 2018, a time of year when the average person thinks about “New Year’s Resolutions”  -- those sometimes fanciful, sometimes heartfelt desires to be stronger, healthier, better than before.    At this crucial time in the country and the world, we need societal resolutions,. ... Continue Reading →

Why should I care?

-- i.e., why should I care: About schools, if I don’t have children? About women’s health issues, if I’m a man? About roads, if I don’t drive a car? About minimum wage, if I have a salaried position? About health care, if I’m young and healthy? Caring about others and providing a social system constitutes... Continue Reading →

E pluribus unum*

With so much discussion and rhetoric revolving around immigration and the foreign-born these days, it is instructive to look at more than just the emotional aspects of the topic.   If we view the societal and economic effects of immigration on the United States over the years, it becomes apparent that innovation and imagination (long considered... Continue Reading →

Family crisis at the border

The crisis is not “just” a family crisis and the tragic results do not affect only the families who have endured forced separation.   This is a national crisis and its results will reverberate and affect the United States forever. The new Executive Order, which purports to end that forced separation, does not change what has... Continue Reading →

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