Articles written by: Anthony Barr

Anthony Barr

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Adoption Tax Credit Under Fire

      Adoption is costly. According to American Adoptions – one of the largest domestic adoption agencies in the US – the average domestic adoption costs over $30,000. This is an average, and many adoptions are significantly less costly, especially if the adoptive family is adopting out of the […]

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Thanksgiving Under the Shadow of Imperialism

In Defense of Thanksgiving Written by Jesse Whiteman        For most American families, including my own, thoughts of American imperialism are not a regular occurrence around the Thanksgiving table. Indeed, Thanksgiving in my family is a time of remembrance and connection. We remember where we have come from, […]

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Speaking of Evil After a Tragedy

      The subtitle for a recent article in The Atlantic entitled “How ‘Evil’ Became a Conservative Buzzword” states that “the left and right rely on different moral languages in the wake of tragedies like the Las Vegas shooting.” The article’s author, Emma Green, writes that, in the wake […]

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Celebrating 500 Years of Reformation

Martin Luther: From Pastoral Concern to Church Scandal Written by Zachary Nelson       On Oct. 31, 1517, a pious Augustinian monk sent a letter to the Archbishop of Mainz, Albert of Brandenburg, informing him of the mass sale of indulgences near Wittenberg, Germany. This letter contained 95 theses concerning […]

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The Relationship between Ideas and Power

      Why did protesters threaten such violence that armed law enforcement with riot gear were needed as protection detail for conservative Ben Shapiro when he spoke at UC Berkeley on Sept. 25? Why did students at Middlebury College assault a speaker and a professor, sending the latter to […]

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Patience in the Pursuit of Justice

      In a recent episode of Game Of Thrones, viewers watch Samwell Tarly scrub toilets, read books, scrub more toilets, read more books in a scene that lasts far longer than is comfortable. Of course we know that Samwell is going to discover something crucial that will have […]

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Title IX, Legal Rights, and Language

       On Sept. 7, Education Secretary Betsy Devos gave a speech at George Mason University on Title IX, a portion of the Education Amendments passed into law in 1972 that prohibits sex-based discrimination in higher education. The element of Title IX that Devos addressed in her speech was […]

Reginald Brown is Eastern’s new theater director.
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On Theater and The Return Home: An Interview with Eastern’s New Theater Director Reginald Brown

      “Theater itself is a reflection of who we are as human beings,” Reginald Brown tells me as we chat in his office. “That was true during the Golden Age of Greece, it was true during the Elizabethan era, it was true during the Harlem Renaissance.” He adds […]

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Joe Arpaio Pardon

      I thought about beginning this article by recounting the horrific abuses perpetrated under Sheriff Joe Arpaio, such as the time a woman arrested for an outstanding fine was forced to give birth in shackles and was denied the opportunity to hold her newborn girl, or the conditions of […]

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Earning Trust In An Age of Fake News

If I were to ask you, “what makes for a good newspaper,” most of you would probably respond with words like “fair,” “balanced,” “truthful,” “and “unbiased” as part of your description of a paper that addresses relevant issues and provides timely information. I think such a description can be summed […]