Guest Essays

Essays as heard on WSCL and WSDL 

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With the nation's demographic change and the debate over racial issues white nationalism has become more visible and more acceptable in some quarters. Salisbury University Emeritus Professor Michael O'Loughlin ponders how deep that movement goes.

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Globalization has seen many corporations move their operations overseas to avoid tax liabilities. But, Salisbury University Professor Emeritus Michael O'Loughlin notes the nations of the world are beginning to take action.

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A deal has been cut to temporarily lift the debt ceiling through December. The nation has seen this kind of showdown before that could have forced the U.S.into default. Michael O'Loughlin, professor emeritus at Salisbury University, examines what these kinds of standoffs mean.

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Mask and vaccine mandates have seen the disruption of school board meetings and Republican governors barring such requirements. Michael O'Loughlin, professor emeritus at Salisbury University, writes that individual rights must often yield to the public good.

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The 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the US coincides with the end of the US land war in Afghanistan.  Yet, it doesn’t end the US political relationship to Afghanistan now in the hands of the Taliban.

In the wake of these events, perhaps we should reconsider the relationship between war and politics and diplomacy?  Is one just the extension of the other or quite different?

Michael O’Loughlin, professor emeritus at Salisbury University, reflects on these questions.

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With the attacks at the airport in Kabul where thousands are being evacuated the boots-on-the-ground intervention appears to be coming to an end. But, Salisbury University professor emeritus Michael O'Loughlin expects continuing military intervention abroad by other means.

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The nation is facing a number of crises from COVID 19 and Climate Change to an assault on the Democracy. Salisbury Unviersity Professor Emeritus Michael O'Loughlin writes that many of these crises are faced with political indifference.

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The delta variant of the coronavirus is now the dominant strain that threatens the nation even affecting those who have been vaccinated. Still, many refuse to wear masks in the name of liberty. Salisbury University Professor Emeritus Michael O'Loughlin notes, however, that liberty does not mean the right to infect others.

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As U.S. troops finally pull out of the Afghanistan could the outcome have been any different. Salisbury University Professor Emeritus Michael O'Loughlin ponders the echos of another American conflict.

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Independence Day is not just a time for grilling in the backyard. But it is also a time for reflection upon the nation itself after the long coronavirus pandemic and the aftermath of last year's presidential election. Salisbury University Professor Emeritus Michael O'Loughlin ponders the success of the vaccine rollout and the battle over the very nature of American politics.

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Video's of Ocean City police officers subduing teenagers last weekend have raised concerns by top Maryland state officials. Indeed, the NAACP has called for an investigation by the state Attorrney General into the incidents. Delmarva Public Media's Essayist and Salisbury University Professor Emeritus Michael O'Loughlin considers the videos in light of many others that have surfaced around the country.

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This week saw the conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin on murder and manslaughter charges in the death of George Floyd. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill sees the verdict as a step in the healing of the nation's soul.

Essay: Listening

Apr 2, 2021
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Is anyone listening? Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill ponders that question in a story about a flock of crows.

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The nation is caught in polarizing events. Delmarva Public Media's Essayist George Merrill suggests we look toward compassion to sooth these troubled times.

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Our minds are never really idle. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill writes there is a magic to the thoughts that fill the void.

Essay: Animals Around Us

Feb 19, 2021
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We live surrounded by a world of creatures - some of whom we keep as companions but others in our laboratories against the diseases that plague us. Delmarva Public Media Essay George Merrill ponders the wonder of these creatures.

Essay: Isolation

Feb 5, 2021
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With a long winter and the coronavirus pandemic an edginess fills the air. Delmarva Public Public Media Essayist George Merrill ponders the isolation as he watches the snow fall to the ground.

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The 2020 election is over. President Joe Biden has been sworn in pledging to work toward unity. For Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill there is calm and relief with this final act.

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The vivid images of the takeover of Capitol Hill this week has stunned the nation and for some has produced a little soul searching. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill says an immediate reaction was one of anger and a clinched fist but he argues we must go beyond that emotion.

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It is the holiday season. But, this year it is chastened by the losses left behind by the coronavirus pandemic. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill writes it is often a season that mixes joy with sadness.

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