Byline: By TRACY HAHN-BURKETT

When it was last my turn to write this column, we were about to go to the polls in a momentous election that would decide the direction of the...

3-Minute Civics: Democracy is an action word

10/25/20

We here in America are not accustomed to thinking about our democracy. It’s been here since before everyone now alive was born, and our parents and...

The Congress shall have Power … To establish Post Offices and post Roads. – Constitution of the United States, Article I, Section 8, Clause 7.There...

3-Minute Civics: What is the Executive Council?

6/23/20

We all know that our state government has three branches. The legislative branch is composed of the Senate and House of Representatives. The...

Everyone knows they have constitutional rights. But what is sometimes less well understood is that these rights have limits.Wait, what?It’s true...

Chances are you’re reading this column in isolation or quarantine, confined to the place you’ve been for a few weeks and will likely remain for...

3-Minute Civics: What is a democracy, anyway?

2/23/20

It’s an uncertain time in our politics, and a lot of important words are being thrown about – words like fascism, authoritarianism, oligarchy, and...

3-Minute Civics: What is the civil service?

12/22/19

A lot of rumors, accusations and assorted discussions have circulated in every form of media over the past few years regarding the people who make...

3-Minute Civics: An impeachment primer

10/20/19

The term “impeachment” is in the news daily these days, and it’s not going away anytime soon. But what does that term really mean? Who is eligible...

Imagine you’ve just won a revolution against a tyrannical king. You look around the dimly lit room, and it’s up to you and those around you to come...

‘I don’t fully understand what they’re talking about, but everyone seems to have a strong opinion about it.” Do you ever find yourself feeling this...

My Turn: Have enough people died yet?

5/23/19

Is it enough yet? I asked this question after the massacre of first-graders and their teachers at Sandy Hook, and the answer came back, “No, not...

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