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VIEWPOINT: Democracy Prevails in Diversity

Now that the final results from the 2018 midterm elections have — mostly — been tabulated, it is a good time to reflect on the fundamental health of our democratic republic. Most analysts and pundits have focused on individual races and their impact on the balance of power in Washington,[Read More…]

DILLON: Why Soldiers Fight

DILLON: Why Soldiers Fight

On Sept. 1, 2016, then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the singing of the national anthem at a football game in protest of police brutality against black Americans. In the two years since, other players have joined the protests, even as Kaepernick has been effectively shut out from[Read More…]

by October 5, 2018 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top
DILLON: How ‘Vote’ Became a 4-Letter Word

DILLON: How ‘Vote’ Became a 4-Letter Word

I am struck by the fact that as recently as 47 years ago — within my lifetime — the franchise was restricted to those 21 years of age and older. On July 1, 1971, the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution extended the right to vote to those 18 years and[Read More…]

by September 7, 2018 1 comment Opinion, Opinion - Top
DILLON: A Right to Be Heard

DILLON: A Right to Be Heard

I am both proud and ashamed of this country’s mixed reaction to recent incidents of gun violence, particularly the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., during which 17 students were killed. I am proud that the U.S. education system can produce young men and[Read More…]

by April 26, 2018 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top
DILLON: American Dreamin’

DILLON: American Dreamin’

Earlier this week, I awoke from a vivid nightmare. I dreamt that my daughter had been forcibly taken by the police and incarcerated. Her crime was her failure to produce adequate documentation of her legal presence in this country; like most Americans, she doesn’t regularly carry her proof of citizenship.[Read More…]

by February 13, 2018 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top
DILLON: ‘A Hoya Looks at 40’

DILLON: ‘A Hoya Looks at 40’

When I look at the Class of 1977’s official commencement photograph, I can see a much younger and thinner version of myself in the front row. In addition to a full head of hair, I am wearing the confident smile of a callow youth, blithely unaware of what lie ahead[Read More…]

by January 31, 2018 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top
DILLON: Musings on Reconciliation

DILLON: Musings on Reconciliation

Rereading the news headline, “Georgetown Apologizes, Renames Halls After Slaves,” I must admit that my brain felt bruised with numb surprise. The story that followed those six words shredded my view of the university with which I have had an active relationship for nearly five decades and effectively deconstructed my[Read More…]

by January 24, 2018 2 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top