'76 Blog

Reflections on wealth, sea power and national destiny

(Centennial Fellow Bill Moloney writes from Venice)  In 1890 an obscure Naval War College Professor -Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840-1914)- published The Influence of Sea Power Upon History.  An instant classic the book had an electrifying […]

When it comes to public education, what’s normal is criminal

(By Helen Raleigh, Centennial Fellow) While most of the country is paying attention to the 2016 presidential election, some local communities will have to make a few consequential decisions this coming November. One such community is […]

By |October 18th, 2015|Categories: Education|Tags: , , , , |

A woman in the White House

(By Ellen Densmore, CCU Student) The fact that America elected a black president less than 150 years after slavery was abolished, and less than 50 years since Martin Luther King, Jr. fought to end racial segregation, is truly remarkable. It should be a reason for celebration. But if we objectively consider what this particular president stands for


By |October 18th, 2015|Categories: Politics, women|Tags: , , , , |

The Democrats’ Pope Problem

(By Donald Devine, ’76 Contributor) Sure, the mainstream media has spent its time highlighting Francis’ Republican snares — on immigration, the environment, the death penalty, and market economics. But Republicans were at least consoled by […]

By |October 15th, 2015|Categories: Economics, Politics|Tags: , , , , , |

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 […]