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The Blog: Our Take is about immigration, sexual assault, war, and other topics that have been historically important and continue to be relevant today.

# MeToo-1: Memories Still Haunt

Are we reaping the unintended consequences of advances in birth control, coupled half a century ago with new freedoms spawned by Women’s Liberation and the Sexual Revolution? Ann muses on this question and recounts her own # MeToo moment at the hands of the then-President of the Medical University of South Carolina.

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Up against The Wall in Calexico

Before I built a wall I’d ask to know What I was walling in or walling out. ~ Robert Frost, Mending Wall Calexico is an afterthought. My wife and I are on our way home to Las Vegas from San Diego and we want to see the Salton Sea from its western shores. But we got...

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Mass transit, race, and inequality

More than half a century after Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama, prompting an 11-month boycott that led to integration of that city's bus system, African Americans and Latinos are still struggling with an unequal transit system....

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Rape: it’s too, too common

Rape is a nasty word . . . and a despicable act. But it’s all the news these days . . . what with the allegation that Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape a maid in a fancy New York hotel. (Before this incident, this guy was a big-time hot-shot: head of the...

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