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Chris Jepson: Her body, her business

Abortion rights, reproductive choice continues to be a hot flash issue in America.

This issue is “spun” a lot of different ways and it is anticipated that Republicans and conservatives are now tweaking their attacks on a woman’s fundamental right to control her own body.

Chris Jepson: Let’s pursue what works

When did doing nothing become our nation’s motto?

Where are the men and women who Jefferson and Hamilton thought would be America’s leaders? I know they exist.

Chris Jepson: The grace truth bestows

It is challenging to discuss faith and public policy in America.

I state the obvious when I say that the U.S. Constitution makes no mention of God (not one word) and strictly prohibits the promulgation of “a” religion in/through government.

Chris Jepson: A recommendation for Pope Francis, for America

Should the impoverished be encouraged to have children?

Should poor people incapable of sustaining themselves multiply their and our nation’s poverty by having more children?

Chris Jepson: Might too, all conservatives

Wow! What a challenging month June was for conservatives.

The Pope came out for cleaning-up Earth’s environment, gays can marry, Obamacare upheld and abstinence-only sex education took a hit.

Chris Jepson: America is unquestionably exceptional

As others see us, America considers itself a paragon of virtue, without peer in the world of democratic nations.

Yes, we are the leader of the West, of developed nations but, really, we are truly, inherently an exceptional people. A cut above, so to speak.

Chris Jepson: Go Pope Francis

Are there lesser categories of evil? In my world there are.

On June 14, Pope Francis released an encyclical on the environment and the poor. I welcome the pope’s input on the subject.

Chris Jepson: It’s disgusting. Show me more.

The latest national distraction is Bruce Jenner’s transformation to a woman.

While sympathetic to the sorrow that must accompany such confusion and doubt, I simply do not care.

Chris Jepson: The wingnuts are in ascendancy

Coming of age in the 1960s introduced (at a personal level) the idea of conflicting values.

Before Vietnam and the push for Civil Rights, white America lived in la-la land (many still do).

Chris Jepson: Conflating the issue

At some point in your life you’ll ask yourself, “Is this it?”

Your age, intelligence, disposition and history will, no doubt, influence when you pose the question, but inevitably we all wonder, “Is this it? Really?”

Chris Jepson: On exposing yourself

Having babies — I recommend — is something you should do when you’re young. There is something to be said for “not knowing any better.”

Babies (and children) are incredibly time-consuming, demanding and, as anyone who’s had the experience clearly understands, make you conform to their schedule.

Chris Jepson: Slavery exists in America today

I’ve taught history over the years and am always intrigued with the subject of American slavery.

A sorrowful fact of our times is that there are more slaves today worldwide than there were in 1860 America.

Chris Jepson: Lay down with a will

So much in life is beyond our control because so much of human existence is inextricably linked to (the happiness of) others and all that that implies.

One’s death, however, is extremely personal and, as such, you owe yourself—to the degree you willingly take ownership—the “good” end.

Chris Jepson: The future is arriving by the boatload

What “moral” or “ethical” obligations do we have for our fellow man (outside of family and friends)?

Are we obligated to house, feed and sustain those human beings outside our nation?

Chris Jepson: Dear White America

When presented with irrefutable evidence that challenges your preconceived notions or beliefs, will you adjust your thinking, attitude or behavior?

White America unequivocally practices institutional and societal racism; what are we going to do about it?