Saturday, August 20, 2016
Previewing “Self-Evident Truths”
10:05 am edt
My father, Richard D. Brown, is completing a book for publication in early 2017. The title is Self-Evident Truths: Contesting Equal
Rights from the Revolution to the Civil War.
description and early reviews appear here.
Earlier posts, in August 2013 (August 31, regarding the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington) and July 2012 (July 4, connecting Memorial Day and “sacrifice” to Independence Day), mentioned my father and his work.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Community Policing and the “Cop of the Week”
7:42 am edt
New Haven Police Department (NHPD)
Officer Mike Haines has earned well-deserved recognition as the “cop of the week.”
Some neighbors and I
recently had occasion to meet him when he and Sgt. Shafiq Abdussabur, among others, thoughtfully joined us for a block party. Officer Haines made an excellent
impression and demonstrated a particular rapport with the children who were in attendance. He, and the sergeant, inspire
confidence; our city needs to champion law enforcement officers like these individuals.
The “cop of the week” series is one of the many
strengths of the New Haven Independent, along with investigative reporting and, more broadly, a community orientation
with a capacity for sustained follow-up. Let’s support independent, and Independent, journalism.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
“Convention Memories: Another Clinton, Another Age”
9:04 am edt
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Decrying Violence, Seeking Peace
9:40 am edt
Alas, violence in every city and state,
not to mention atrocities abroad, can happen on a daily basis. This blog has decried it before.
Still, it was sad to learn of the shooting deaths last week of Alton
Sterling, Philando Castile, and the Dallas police officers protecting a peaceful protest.
President Obama always seems to strike the right note and balance when he makes statements
under the pressures of such events, but it’s awful that he keeps having to do so.
Friday morning, I texted a friend of mine (whose birthday had been the day before) who happens
to be a police officer as well as African American. I wrote of “terrible news this week from Baton Rouge, Minnesota,
and now Dallas.” He replied, “It surely is my friend – some individuals in society just don’t
Monday, July 4, 2016
“Those Who Serve,” Every Day
4:10 pm edt
A July 2012 (July 4) post cited a series of NPR reports on “Those Who Serve.”
The volunteer members of our military depicted in
such stories merit more attention, more gratitude – not just on holidays like July 4, but every day. Thanks to
them, and to their families.