Saturday, August 4, 2012

Articles of the Week - August 4

I found lots of good opinion pieces in the Chicago Tribune this week: "How to Avoid Vacation Starvation," "When In Doubt, Make a List" (a new procrastination tool, if you want one!), Mary Schmich's "Take the Summer Quiz," Nina Hamza's "America the Beautiful: Life in the 24/7 Lane," Robert Weissbourd's "Chicago: Governane for the 21st Century Economy," "The Dog Ate My Homework" (on the pension problem), and "Milton Friedman's Century."

Speaking of Milton Friedman, the twentieth-century economist who would have turned 100 this past week, Lindsey Burke and Amy Payne reflected The Foundry on his school choice legacy. Also in The Foundry, Amy Payne continues tracking the fight against the contraception mandate in the name of religious freedom, and Sarah Torre documents new actions in that fight as the mandate took effect on Wednesday. Amy Payne was at it again with a piece describing a conservative approach to environmentalism, and Luciana Milano outlines recent and imminent legal and electoral action on the same-sex marriage debate.

In Christianity Today this week, Tobin Grant discussed the "Politics of Science," Trevin Wax explains "why we look forward to the Judgment Day," Leslie Leyland Fields asks us to "reconsider narrative and testimony," and Katelyn Beaty for This is Our City writes about a Chick-fil-a franchise owner helping local refugees.

Also on the social justice front, Abby Metty writes for World Vision about mentoring youth, and Lindsey Minerva, also of World Vision, describes via a photo journal the joy of recreation - even if these games are far from the Olympics.

Speaking of the Olympics, The Economist had a few things to say about empty seats at the Games (not surprisingl, they prefer an open market approach to ticket sales), and they also had a few comments on Mitt Romney's overseas tour and his foreign policy.

And finally, in arts and entertainment news, Ratzo Harris muses that perhaps a different approach is needed to building audiences for musical performances, and Eric Clarke writes for The Guardian about the sociological dimensions of music.

What articles made you think this week?

This is Rubio, over and out.

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