Ralph E. Shaffer: As word spread that the trustees had forced her to change her selection, ‘censorship’ and ‘freedom of religion’ became the catch words in the press and on talk radio.
Murray Polner: What’s next as we enter a new presidential administration where newly-empowered Trump men and women, some apparently seething with rage and bitterness, could go after teachers and professors, liberal actors and screenwriters for saying and writing the wrong things?
Murray Polner: In 1915, one year after the European empires began butchering millions of their men and women, soldiers and civilians alike, a pop song swept American music stores whose chorus began “I didn’t raise my son to be a soldier.”
Murray Polner: What Pleshakov does exceedingly well is provide Americans with a clear-eyed, insightful alternative to our customary good guy/bad guy imagery, which lays all the blame on Putin.
Walter Moss: In the period depicted in The Kukotsky Enigma many people withdrew their “energy, emotions, and interests” from “activity controlled by the socialist state” to their own private realm.