Surely we can figure out the refugee crisis

I know it’s more complicated than this, but in 1883, Emma Lazarus wrote: Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. …

McKinney, Texas = Progress?

Is this progress? A white cop pulls a gun on some black youth, and nobody gets killed and the cop is placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. And then he resigns. McKinney, y’all. “Sir, we just came for a birthday party. Please.” Listen to the kid who shot the video. And thanks, Leftover, for …

In which Jesus is crucified

Yesterday, listeners to WNPR’s “Where We Live” heard Sara Salomons, Journey Home development consultant and a great friend of mine, talk about recent efforts in Connecticut to end chronic homelessness. They also heard about Sal Pinna, a man I met in a class I taught someĀ  years back. He’s been homeless for 20 years, since …