Evidence is in: Gay marriage doesn’t hurt children

Published: Grand Forks Herald (June 23, 2014)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — When I read Ronald Fischer’s recent column opposing gay marriage, I couldn’t help but think of a line in the Sherlock Holmes story, “A Scandal in Bohemia”:

“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”

It is clear that Fischer started out with the theory that homosexuals should not be allowed to marry, then developed his case to match that opinion (“Focus ‘marriage debates’ on best interests of children,” Page A4, June 19). read more

Observations from the primary campaign trail

Published: The Morning Call (June 16, 2014)

After more than two years as a political columnist for PolicyMic and other publications, I made the decision last month to undertake a career hiatus and work as the Northampton County field organizer for Tom Wolf’s gubernatorial campaign.

Although I knew this would probably be a temporary position, I embraced it not only to help the Democrats nominate the strongest possible candidate for governor but also to learn more about what it’s like to work at politics at the ground level — locally, where our elected leaders have the most immediate and direct impact on our lives. read more

Anti Big Pharma But Pro Vax

Published: GirlieGirlArmy.com (June 12, 2014)

co-author: Liskula Cohen

Vaccines are a touchy subject. While the trend is turning towards being passionately against them,  others still teeter between comfort in the decision to ultimately have their children vaccinated, feeling the pros outweigh the cons. While we respect our anti-vax readers opinions, here is another perspective from a Mom you’d least expect it from. Liskula Cohen is a progressive activist, attachment parent, and vocally anti gmo/ pro plant-based eating, so when she made the decision to vaccinate her child, it wasn’t an easy one. Here’s her story; read more

The Crazy Things David Brat Believe Will Make You Wonder How He Earned His Ph.D.

Published: mic (June 12, 2014)

The man who beat Eric Cantor may have a Ph.D., but he sure doesn’t act like it.

I’m not saying this because I disagree with his political views. There are plenty of conservatives and libertarians in academia (hoary claims of ivory tower “liberal bias” notwithstanding), and while I don’t share their opinions on a multitude of subjects, we have always stressed rational debate and fact-based inquiry.

The problem with Brat is that, like so many Tea Partiers, he rejects objective realities when they clash with his partisan agenda. For instance: read more

Write What You Know

Published: CadyMcClain.com (June 8, 2014)

This literary aphorism may have been penned by Mark Twain, but it could have very easily been said by Cady McClain, the daytime television star (All My Children, As The World Turns, The Young and the Restless) whose memoirs, Murdering My Youth, were released on Amazon in April. Unlike many similar books published by public figures, Cady does not use this as an opportunity to indulge in celebrity gossip or promote future projects in her career. Instead she confronts a number of themes that forever simmer beneath the surface of her story – child abuse, the entertainment industry’s exploitation of young stars, female objectification – that, when they do bubble up, scald everything they touch. read more