'76 Blog

Reloading, not retiring: What I told ‘Veritas’

Could I do it? Sum up twenty-five hundred days of the best job I ever had, in a few hundred words on the screen?  Stephanie Tatham, a junior communications major, varsity softball player, and reporter for CCU’s student newspaper, Veritas, learning of my upcoming departure from the Centennial Institute director’s chair, posed several questions […]

Could superheroes teach us to fix a broken world?


(By Ellen Densmore, CCU Student) Our world is broken. America is broken. We all recognize that, but we may not have our minds around a strategy for conquering the conundrums and build a better world.  Many optimistic patriots seek to rebuild, but we often don’t know where to start and, more importantly, we can’t really put a finger on what exactly we’re striving for.  But there are two men who had a grasp […]

By |September 29th, 2015|Categories: America, Politics, Pop Culture|Tags: , , |

The next genocide?

(By Phil Mitchell, ’76 Contributor) Professor Timothy Snyder of Yale University adds new apocalypticism to the old in his op-ed in the New York Times.

Today we think of the holocaust as “some dark apex of […]

By |September 29th, 2015|Categories: Ideas|Tags: , , , , |

The sad state of freedom in America

(By Mark Hillman, <em>’76</em> Contributor) Some 30 years ago, a common retort by my classmates when told that we could not do something was, “It’s a free country, isn’t it?

I don’t hear that rhetorical question […]

Think Again: The Real Debate: Are Americans Getting Trumped?

(By Melanie Sturm, ’76 Contributor) “There’s no trick to being a humorist when you have the entire government working for you,” Will Rogers quipped, capturing his era’s zeitgeist and explaining the popularity of our moment’s […]

By |September 26th, 2015|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , , , , |

Disastrous replay of history in Europe?

(By Branden Yeates, CCU Student) On September 30, 1938, the leaders of free Europe set the world on fire. Clinging to the hope that the purchase of security at the cost of liberty would secure to them the blessings of peace, Neville Chamberlain and Édouard Daladier signed their names on the Munich Agreement, right next to the signatures of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. […]

By |September 25th, 2015|Categories: Europe, Western Civilization, World|Tags: , , , , , |

In God we still trust, right?

(By Ellen Densmore, CCU Student) Christians are increasingly frustrated by recent Supreme Court opinions and infringements on religious liberty in this country. What are we doing to alter the downward trend? A good way to start is by rededicating ourselves to America’s national motto.


By |September 23rd, 2015|Categories: America, Christianity, Politics, Religion, Values, Youth|Tags: , , |

ESA experts see poison pills in grouse non-listing

(By John Andrews, ’76 Editor) Yup, just as we feared. The US Fish and Wildlife Service decision not to slap an Endangered Species Act listing on the greater sage grouse (which I gave at least two cheers in my post yesterday) is fraught with hidden dangers for prosperity and private property in the Western states, now and into the future. […]

By |September 23rd, 2015|Categories: Environment|Tags: , , , , |

Constitutional anniversary resonates for 2016 race

(By Sosamma Samuel-Burnett, Centennial Fellow) When the U. S. Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787, by 39 of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia , those delegates could not have imagined […]

By |September 22nd, 2015|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , , , |

Mourning the Army I knew

(By Donald Devine, <em>’76</em> Contributor) It was long ago, but the scene is burned in my memory. My Army drill sergeant informed us how lucky we were that a previous recruit had died on the […]

By |September 22nd, 2015|Categories: National Security|Tags: , , , , |