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Immigrant meatpacking workers: essential or disposable?

Meatpacking plants, particularly the big national and international companies, have instituted a veil of secrecy. They failed in the early days of COVID-19 to tell their employees of its dangers, and more importantly, failed to institute distancing and sanitizing processes that might have ...

My mother, the essential worker

On the eve of my junior year in high school, my mother returned to the job she’d held before she became pregnant with me, at age 19, and married my father, who was also 19. At age 36, Janey Schultz was once again a nurse’s aide at the public hospital in our small town of Ashtabula, Ohio. ...

The new religion of woke anti-racism

It’s all about religion, isn’t it? “(W)e have the cult of social justice on the left,” Andrew Sullivan wrote in New York Magazine, “a religion whose followers show the same zeal as any born-again Evangelical.” Linguist John McWhorter elaborated on that theme in The Atlantic. ...

No one is listening to the American people

Iam watching the various classes of America’s “elites” drive this country deeper into conflict for the sake of their own personal aggrandizement and profit, and it is disgusting. If you’re on Twitter, Facebook or anywhere else, you can read, watch or hear Americans speak for ...

Defund the police, invest in communities

F ive years ago, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division released a damning report on the Ferguson, Missouri police department. “Ferguson’s law enforcement practices are shaped by the city’s focus on revenue rather than by public safety needs,” the report summary ...

A return to normal?

For the last three months, we have been focused almost entirely on our return to “normal.” How can we bring students and faculty back and help them learn safely? As planning teams have gotten together, we’ve devised elaborate cleaning procedures, guidance for wearing face masks and ...