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If not now, when? America’s endless gun control debate

Since America’s latest school carnage the debate on gun control has flared anew, as every time a mass shooting rocks the nation. The arguments are well-rehearsed, the rival positions seemingly irreconcilable.

On one side of the debate are gun rights activists who invoke the Second Amendment to the US Constitution to oppose any attempt to restrict access to guns or to control where they can be taken. » More …

History reveals the long view of marriage, professor says

Linda Heidenreich
Linda Heidenreich

By Linda Heidenreich, associate professor, Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies

In June, upon returning from some much-needed time with family, I caught up with my email only to find a letter from our parish priest denouncing the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision that made same-sex marriage legal. He made two troubling claims: that the Obergefell decision overturned a “millennia of human wisdom” regarding marriage, and that church teaching is “unchanging.” » More …

Oct. 6: Environmental writers to read, discuss work

Terry Tempest Williams, left, and Brooke Williams

Environmental writers Terry Tempest Williams and Brooke Williams will read from and discuss their work at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the WSU Compton Union Building Auditorium as part of the free, public Department of English Visiting Writer Series.

Their latest joint project, The Story of My Heart: As Rediscovered by Brooke Williams and Terry Tempest Williams, couples the autobiography of 19th-century British nature writer Richard Jefferies with their personal essays about nature. » More …