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  • 'Peace Cross' dispute turns on misreading of Constitution [Letter]

    'Peace Cross' dispute turns on misreading of Constitution [Letter]
    The atheists and humanists are at it again. Now, they want a federal judge to order the dismantling of the "Peace Cross," a memorial to Prince George's County's World War I war dead which has stood on public land since 1925 ("Md. cross in church-state fight," May 26). The plaintiffs assert "that displaying the structure on public land 'amounts to the endorsement and advancement of religion (and specifically, an endorsement of and affiliation with Christianity),' in violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution."
  • Turning back the clock?

    Turning back the clock?
    The best that can be said for the Supreme Court's ruling on affirmative action in college admissions is that it did not immediately and totally ban the practice. But the decision to send a University of Texas at Austin case back to the appeals court...

    Affirmative action still needed

    Affirmative action still needed
    Affirmative action in higher education raises difficult questions of access and fairness. Opponents argue that it discriminates against whites and certain other groups, while proponents emphasize that it increases opportunities for underrepresented...

    Women of the court

    Women of the court
    After her appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor observed that the significance of that decision was not that she "will decide cases as a woman, but that I am a woman who will get to decide cases." And so it is for Mary Ellen Barbera,...

    The most famous umbrella since Neville Chamberlain went to Munich

    The public appetite for trivial distraction has always extended to our chief executives. I remember the minor uproar when Lyndon Johnson lifted a beagle by the ears. There was extensive commentary on Richard Nixon's taste for cottage cheese and ketchup....