'76 Blog

Gun control not the answer to shooting deaths

(By Jay Ambrose, ’76 Contributor) It loosened them up some last year, but Russia has had strict gun laws for decades and currently boasts as few as 13 million civilian-owned firearms. That compares to something […]

By |October 10th, 2015|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , , , , , |

Much atheistic ado about nothing

(By Jay Ambrose, ’76 Contributor) There’s a New Yorker article that has a provocative title — “All Scientists Should Be Militant Atheists” — but reading the piece makes you think something else, namely that all […]

By |October 10th, 2015|Categories: Ideas, Religion|Tags: , , , , , |

The Trojan sage grouse

(By Kelly Sloan, ’76 Contributor) Looking at the Department of the Interior’s decision not to list the greater sage grouse as endangered, one is initially tempted to celebrate, knowing the ruinous consequences that such listings […]

By |October 10th, 2015|Categories: Energy, Politics|Tags: , , , |

Another mass shooting raises tough questions

(By Kelly Sloan, ’76 Contributor) The tragedy of another mass murder is upon us — and with it the search for an answer to the motivations of the shooter.

Such events provoke tendentious reactions on both […]

By |October 10th, 2015|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The pope and Sanders: misguided economic missionaries

(By Melanie Sturm, ’76 Contributor) If only Pope Francis were in my Buenos Aires taxi last Christmas.

I could have used his moral authority (and Argentine-accented Spanish) in negotiating with a driver who’d forgotten the Golden […]

By |October 10th, 2015|Categories: Economics, Politics|Tags: , , , , , , |

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: , , , , , |