Nathan Bruschi


The Way It Was

Of the recent celebrity death parade that has streamed across newspaper headlines and the bottom of CNN, none of the late American icons has had such a profound effect on the course of American history and thought as broadcasting legend Walter Cronkite.

Right to Religion?

Jason Paul Indreland, a Satanist inmate in the Montana State Prison system, is suing Yellowstone County for $10 million on the grounds that his religious freedom was infringed on by his guards, who refused his requests for satanic medallions and reading materials. Traditionally, a prisoner's First Amendment right of religious freedom is subject to limitations when a "valid, rational connection" is established between prison regulations and legitimate government interests.

Best Man for the Job

To quote Jon Stewart's impersonation of President Barack Obama, "Who's got two thumbs and can't vet for sh*t?

Atheist Shout-out

I was sort of stunned when he said it. No, I'm not talking about Dr. Joseph Lowery's humorous end to his profound benediction, or Chief Justice John Roberts's flubbing of the oath of office, or Obama's miscounting when he said, "44 Americans have now taken the presidential oath" (43 have). Nor am I talking about Obama's bluntness when speaking about our nation's dire situation or our role in its fixing.

Lessons From The Lamppost

Leaning against a lamppost in the middle of a busy Barcelona street last term, I watched a lady get mugged.

Cause For Caution

We waited with the rest of the world, glued to a muted television in one of Barcelona's English pubs, growing hoarse from yelling at Wolf Blitzer.

The Demise of a True Believer

I was one of those "true believer" freshmen: excited, idealistic and eager as ever to do whatever work was thrown at me.

Good Faith, Bad Faith

The laughably absurd incident during the July 7 Dallas City Hall meeting of commissioners illustrates a lot of what is wrong with discourse today.

Summer School

Well, here we are. From the time that we first ventured on campus as wide-eyed prospective students, eager to swap SAT scores and meet every professor we could find, sophomore summer has dangled in front of us like keys in front of an infant.

The Rudder and The Rock

David Shipler's letter to the editor demonstrates a lot of what is wrong with the expansion plan for the Board of Trustees ("The Conservative Campaign," May 5). He postulates that the motive behind the AoA lawsuit -- designed to maintain parity between elected and appointed members on the Board -- is "to allow inroads by a highly publicized and pervasively ideological brand of conservatism." This encapsulates the perverse logic of those in opposition to the lawsuit -- the assumption that we only support democracy insomuch as we agree with those who get elected. I confess that I once supported the anti-lawsuit position.

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