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Opinion: We’re backtracking on guns and domestic violence
02-20-2023 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. Domestic violence often disappears from the headlines. Usually, only stories like an intimate partner homicide or another mass shooting break through public inattention.Court decisions about domestic violence mostly...


Opinion: The irrationality of conspiracy theories
02-15-2023 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. We have reached a point where conspiracy theories have proliferated so much that they have lost the ability to surprise. The entire right-wing ecosphere has been polluted. False information that’s intended to mislead...


Opinion: A threat to academic freedom
02-06-2023 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. One of the more blatant publicity-seeking stunts pulled by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been his effort to kill an advanced placement course in African  American studies. Following DeSantis’s lead, the Florida...


Opinion: The right to strike
01-30-2023 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. After stripping women of their reproductive rights, the far-right majority of the U.S. Supreme Court is now on the verge of weakening workers’ rights and the whole labor union movement. The Court just heard oral...


Opinion: Defunding the IRS only serves to help the rich
01-23-2023 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot.One of the first acts of the new Congress was a House Republican effort to rescind Internal Revenue Service funding. Under President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, Democrats directed almost $80 billion to the IRS...


Opinion: The life of Leonard Peltier
01-16-2023 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. Leonard Peltier remains in federal prison in Florida, now in his 47th year of confinement. So far, all efforts for clemency have failed. Very disappointingly, President Biden has not yet granted clemency.I previously...


Opinion: Why antisemitism is worse now
01-09-2023 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. Most stories about the increase in antisemitism now focus on events like Donald Trump’s infamous Mar-a-Lago dinner with Kanye West and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes. I certainly would not underestimate Ye’s influence...


Opinion: Roberts court is an ethical embarrassment
01-02-2023 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. As a court watcher, I have long thought the U.S. Supreme Court has escaped the type of critical scrutiny it deserves. Most media coverage focuses on wins and losses without going too under the surface. But maybe that...


Opinion: The amazing heroism of Leon Lewis
12-26-2022 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. While the great battle against fascism in World War II was fought in Europe, there was also a fight against fascism inside the United States in the 1930s-1940s. There is little recollection now that there was a...


Opinion: The historical precedent of January 6
12-19-2022 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. The sedition convictions of Oath Keepers’ leaders, Elmer Stewart Rhodes and Kelly Meggs, returned focus to the events of January 6. While the January 6 Committee has done an excellent job ferreting out facts, there...


Opinion: Antisemitism has a home among MAGA Republicans
10-31-2022 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. When I was growing up, my family belonged to Main Line Reform Temple, a reform Jewish congregation in the Philadelphia suburbs. I was bar mitzvahed and confirmed there. For about ten years, I regularly attended...


Opinion: Not a law and order party
10-17-2022 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. Going as far back as the Richard Nixon presidency, the Republican Party has played the law and order card, arguing that they are the party that will keep Americans safe from crime and disorder. Of course, Nixon was...


Opinion: Minimizing and missing the fascist threat
10-10-2022 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. Around seven years ago, I started raising the question of whether Donald Trump and the MAGA movement he led were fascist. Numerous academics and mainstream journalists pooh-poohed that characterization as imprecise...


Opinion: The little-known story of Jewish illegal immigration
08-22-2022 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. I think it is fair to say that fear of immigrants in the United States is out-of-control. And it’s not just in the United States. Fascist and far-right politicians have persuaded citizens in many countries that the...


Opinion: The dark history of the Second Amendment
06-27-2022 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. With mass shootings practically a daily event, defenders of unrestricted gun owner rights typically invoke the mantra of the Second Amendment. Attention is rarely paid though to the historical circumstances...


Opinion: The problem with Democrats
05-23-2022 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. The Democrats are facing a scary mid-term election. Parties in power typically lose ground in the mid-terms. Add high gas prices and inflation to the mix, issues where voters often blame office-holders, and...


Opinion: The plan to steal the 2024 presidential election
04-04-2022 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot.You might think that if some political partisans had a plan to steal a presidential election, it would be kept top secret. That is not the case with the Republican Party. Their plan to steal the 2024 presidential...


Jonathan P. Baird: Remembering Thaddeus Stevens, an anti-racist American hero
08-17-2020 6:40 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Among truly great Americans, I would bet Thaddeus Stevens might be the least well known. An extremely controversial figure in his lifetime, Stevens was a leading light of the abolitionist movement both before and immediately after the Civil...


Jonathan P. Baird: Abortion is not like slavery or the Holocaust
02-16-2020 6:30 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently compared the abortion rights debate to the struggle to end slavery. Speaking at Colorado Christian University on Jan. 22, she said: “Lincoln contended with the pro-choice arguments of his day. They suggested...


Jonathan P. Baird: Early on, journalist Dorothy Thompson saw Hitler for what he was
08-15-2019 7:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

In studying the history of Italian and German fascism in the 1930s, it is fair to say that the world was not adequately warned about the danger. To a shocking extent, the American press of that era whitewashed and minimized the fascist threat. This...

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