Jackie Gingrich Cushman from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 20 Aug 2019 20:42:10 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Jackie Gingrich Cushman from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/jackie-gingrich-cushman-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman 8931eaf766cc8cc3605ddf7e946265e1 Being Good Stewards of Our Earth for 08/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/08/19/being-good-stewards-of-our-earth Thu, 15 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When I was a child, my father &#8212; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich &#8212; was an environmental studies professor at West Georgia College in Carrollton. In 1971, our family spent the second Earth Day picking up trash from the side of the road. We often hiked, canoed and camped in the Okefenokee Swamp. </p> <p>One of my earliest memories is of the "Keep America Beautiful" commercial, produced in 1970 for the first Earth Day. It portrayed what appeared to be an American Indian crying over the pollution that littered our country. Later, we found out the actor was neither an Indian nor really crying. But his message was real: <span class="column--highlighted-text">We should take care of the land we inhabit.</span> <p>Updated: Thu Aug 15, 2019</p> 4a822ea4b9e4f0661e272ce8b8d1d0ef The Problem With Narrative for 08/08/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/08/19/the-problem-with-narrative Thu, 08 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, The New York Times caved to online bullying and changed a headline for an article covering President Donald Trump's remarks after the horrible shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. The original headline, "Trump Urges Unity Vs. Racism," was met with outrage on social media by those on the left.</p> <p>During the day, the hashtag #CancelNYT began trending. The headline was changed to "Assailing Hate but Not Guns." So, if the headline was initially wrong, what did Trump say on Monday in response to the shootings? <p>Updated: Thu Aug 08, 2019</p> 5793d3389ed374077fb52edf7f1b0c67 National Matters for 08/01/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/19/national-matters Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you watched the first night of the second Democratic primary debate, or paid any attention to the media this past weekend, you'll recognize the current Democratic narrative: President Donald Trump is a racist, and we have to beat him.</p> <p>The previous narrative, which was promulgated for years, was Russian collusion. With the release of the Justice Department report and last week's testimony by former FBI Director Robert Mueller regarding the report, that narrative no longer resonates with reality. Mueller's testimony left most of America questioning who wrote the report (hard to believe it was Mueller, based on his tenuous grasp of what it contained) and who drove the investigation in the first place.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 01, 2019</p> ab080c161f0efaf58df5c1c166a1137d It's Not Always About Racism; Often, It's About Resilience for 07/25/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/19/its-not-always-about-racism-often-its-about-resilience Thu, 25 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Have you recently been out in public and felt that you were treated rudely? Someone cuts in line, gives you a mean look or says something that strikes you as rude. What happened, and how did you respond? Did you take it as a personal attack, as an attack on your race or gender? Or did you just decide that the other person might be having an off day and let it slide? Or perhaps you quietly reasserted yourself, if you thought it may have been an inadvertent slight.</p> <p>Last Friday, Erica Thomas, Georgia House representative from District 39 and the minority caucus vice chair for the Democrats, posted an emotional video on her Facebook page alleging that, while at a grocery store, she was told to "go back" to where she came from. "This white man comes up to me and says: 'You lazy son of (expletive). You need to go back where you came from.' <p>Updated: Thu Jul 25, 2019</p> 277355790644102a260645b007e5b1e2 Longing for Grace and Poise for 07/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/19/longing-for-grace-and-poise Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last Sunday, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic played 4 hours and 57 minutes, the longest Wimbledon singles final in history. The match ended with a winning tiebreak by Djokovic, 32, in the fifth set. Afterward, he praised his nearly 38-year-old opponent, saying, "Roger really inspires me with his effort at his age." It was an enormous effort by both gentlemen regardless of their age.</p> <p>The two top tennis players battled it out at Wimbledon with grace and poise. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 18, 2019</p> e4f4b191d5cefa607d94beb4807fa26a Economic Education for All for 07/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/19/economic-education-for-all Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The current push to drastically increase the national minimum wage seems to be lacking an economic framework. The economy is a system that is interlocking and interrelated. If one item changes, then other items will also change. </p> <p>So, increasing the pay of those making minimum wage will also increase the expenses incurred by the businesses that employ them. Those businesses, in turn, will increase the prices of their services or products to cover those increased costs. In response, their customers will reduce their demand for those products. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 11, 2019</p> b60a7b7c8ffbec06fe87c887e0614af6 Proud to Be an American for 07/04/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/19/proud-to-be-an-american Thu, 04 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I am proud to be an American. Yes, I know that our system of government is not perfect, but I firmly believe that it is the best in the world. We are an exceptional country &#8212; not because our people are exceptional but because we have a different and exceptional structure of government. I am grateful that I was born an American. </p> <p>We declared our independence from Great Britain 243 years ago this week. It happened after years of overreaching rule by King George III and Britain's insistence on taxation without representation. We had had enough. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 04, 2019</p> 9cd1fc061b8f692d2612fea0677ef8e2 Democratic Presidential Contenders Get Ready for Their Close-Ups for 06/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/19/democratic-presidential-contenders-get-ready-for-their-close-ups Thu, 27 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week marks the official kickoff of the prime-time Democratic presidential primary process. Two debates in Miami will include the top 20 contenders &#8212; yes, top 20. </p> <p>Ten contenders will participate in each of the two-hour debates, to be held Wednesday and Thursday night during prime time. The debates will be televised live on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 27, 2019</p> 69d45bb45db2d5d6d450d2de6715114e Understanding, Explaining and Action for 06/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/19/understanding-explaining-and-action Thu, 20 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There is a difference between understanding and action. Most people understand that it is cheaper to brew coffee at home than to stop by Starbucks and spend $3 on a cup of coffee, but millions of people buy Starbucks coffee. Some buy it every once in a while; some buy it several times a day. They all justify the expense to themselves in one way or another. It's more convenient. It's a place to gather with friends. It tastes so good. It's only $3. The one excuse I have never heard is "I would rather spend money now and not have enough money for retirement."</p> <p>People are driven by emotion, are often irrational and often make decisions that lead to actions based on how they feel rather than what they know. It's not simply about knowledge but also about how taking a certain action makes them feel &#8212; or how they think it will make them feel &#8212; especially in the short term. We all do this every day &#8212; when we eat another piece of bread, drink another glass of wine or skip our workout. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 20, 2019</p> c05fec00fadd32818794ca3bbbb1b425 Thanks for Fathers for 06/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/19/thanks-for-fathers Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I've often told my children that the most important decision they will ever make is whom they marry.</p> <p>For those of us blessed to have children, the decision has an impact that goes beyond who will love, comfort, honor and keep us (as the Episcopal Church vows state). It includes who will be a role model to our children, who will help provide for them financially, who will watch over their spiritual and moral development and who will work to provide them with a better life. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 13, 2019</p> 89f479a8a597760aca2e015552625102 Thanks and Gratitude on D-Day for 06/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/19/thanks-and-gratitude-on-d-day Thu, 06 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We lived in Belgium in the late 1960s while my father researched for his dissertation. I was too young to remember, but my mother told me that, while traveling in France, we were greeted by a standing ovation at a restaurant because we were Americans and American troops had freed their city from Nazi control a few decades before.</p> <p>That ovation happened about a half-century ago. This week marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy, France. The year before the invasion, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin had repeatedly asked British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to open a second front on the Atlantic Coast of Europe to provide his army on the east with relief.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 06, 2019</p> 75dcd88e7fcfc136533b42836fffd1cb The Right Choices for 05/30/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/05/19/the-right-choices Thu, 30 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, the Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling and upheld an Indiana law that had been signed by then-Gov. Mike Pence. The law, according to the Supreme Court ruling, "excluded fetal remains from the definition of infectious and pathological waste, thereby preventing incineration of fetal remains along with surgical byproducts. It also authorized simultaneous cremation of fetal remains, which Indiana does not generally allow for human remains." </p> <p>The Supreme Court decided not to rule on the second question of the case: "whether Indiana may prohibit the knowing provision of sex-, race-, and disability-selective abortions by abortion providers." This was also struck down by the 7th Circuit. The high court noted that it is awaiting rulings from "additional courts of appeals" before taking up the question. <p>Updated: Thu May 30, 2019</p> 5c40acb62c5c3c0cb8259dee8806f707 Failure to Communicate for 05/23/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/05/19/failure-to-communicate Thu, 23 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Over 10,000 names were submitted, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (now a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York) was selected and assisted in her primary campaign by a candidate-recruiting group.</p> <p>She beat an incumbent in a heavily Democratic district, ensuring that she would win the general election. The incumbent had not been providing his district with great representation and was rarely seen in the district. In fact, he sent a surrogate to a "debate" against Ocasio-Cortez during the primary instead of showing up himself. <p>Updated: Thu May 23, 2019</p> 029e6a988a4eeb8bcbf829082378b947 Your Mission: Learn to Live for 05/16/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/05/19/your-mission-learn-to-live Thu, 16 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>May is graduation month. Students, parents and friends celebrate the end of one process and the start of another. Once we finish with our formal education, we often forget that our learning should not end. Lifelong learning is critical, and hopefully, this will serve as a reminder that through the different phases of our lives, we all have something more to learn. Think of this as my spring gift to you, dear reader, which applies regardless of whether you are graduating this spring. </p> <p>You have great value, talents and skills. Somewhere out in the world, there is the perfect fit for your talents and skills and an opportunity for you to make a difference. Finding that perfect fit might come immediately, or it might take decades, but &#8212; however long it takes &#8212; be certain that you are of great value and are here on this earth for a reason. It is your mission to find your perfect fit.<p>Updated: Thu May 16, 2019</p> 5149917816a7f9a6afac83814c9df05d Saving Lives, Giving Dignity for 05/09/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/05/19/saving-lives-giving-dignity Thu, 09 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Recently, our geriatric cat, Sara, was diagnosed with kidney disease. She's over 100 in people years and has lived a good life. Her nights used to be spent curled at my feet, a few feet from my bedside table, where I kept a bowl of fresh water. On occasions when I had forgotten to refill the bowl, she would meow loudly to remind me.</p> <p>Now, she's too weak to jump on the bed or make it to the table, so she sleeps in a small, round, fluffy pet bed on the floor, her water bowl at her side. Her veterinarian said Sara is not in pain, and she looks content, just weak. Maybe she's happy to have lived so long and to know that she is loved and cared for. At least, I hope she is.<p>Updated: Thu May 09, 2019</p> b0d91b03164940c4bd057b15762d42cb We Need to Improve Our Financial Literacy for 05/02/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/05/19/we-need-to-improve-our-financial-literacy Thu, 02 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The economy continues to roar, and most Americans are keeping more of the money that they earn, but Americans still disapprove of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It's mind-boggling and confusing. It's easy to blame the media &#8212; or the Democrats who have mostly demonized the act &#8212; but maybe the cause is deeper. </p> <p>Possibly, it's the lack of basic financial literacy that is the problem. According to a survey given by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Investor Education Foundation, most Americans lack basic financial literacy. The survey asked the participants five questions, covering a broad range of topics, including "aspects of economics and finance encountered in everyday life, such as compound interest, inflation, principles relating to risk and diversification, the relationship between bond prices and interest rates, and the impact that a shorter term can have on total interest payments over the life of a mortgage," according to the FINRA website.<p>Updated: Thu May 02, 2019</p> 48113e160ace25da8bb6df80e3e1406c The Opioid Crisis Hits Close to Home for 04/25/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/04/19/the-opioid-crisis-hits-close-to-home Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last winter, my husband and I joined with other mourners at the funeral of a man who died in his mid-20s. His family talked about how he was so full of life and love; his friends recalled how he had been there for them in their times of need. There were tears. There were smiles. But underneath it all was the knowledge that this tragedy did not have to happen. </p> <p>His death was the result of an overdose due to an addiction that he had been battling for years. <span class="column--highlighted-text">After suffering an athletic injury in high school, he became addicted to the opioids prescribed by his doctor.</span><p>Updated: Thu Apr 25, 2019</p> 50674fa3e0c53a7de8003ce865a3baf5 Resurrection and Life for 04/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/04/19/resurrection-and-life Thu, 18 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The fact that the fire in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris occurred during Holy Week has led me to think of it through a spiritual lens. Holy Week is the time between Palm Sunday (which marks Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem on a donkey) and Easter (the day of Jesus' resurrection).</p> <p>Holy Week is packed with commemorations of events considered sacred by Christians around the world. Jesus broke bread and drank wine with his disciples, providing the foundation for Holy Communion. Jesus foretold that he would be betrayed by one of own disciples and that another would deny his knowledge of Jesus three times. Jesus was taken captive and accused by false witnesses. When the governor of Judaea, Pontius Pilate, offered to release Jesus, the crowd cried instead for the release of Barabbas &#8212; who was being held for murder and causing an insurrection in Jerusalem.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 18, 2019</p> 43c95f8557780fb47b1e2768e7bf5580 My 2020 Vision: Choose Hope Over Fear for 04/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/04/19/my-2020-vision-choose-hope-over-fear Thu, 11 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>With over a dozen Democrats having already announced they are running for the Democratic presidential nomination, we are moving rapidly into the 2020 election season. The pace will increase, as will the rhetoric. Both parties will attempt to create a narrative that will appeal to enough voters to win. Some campaigns appeal by hope, some call to action by fear. </p> <p>I am sure that I am not the only person who longs wistfully for President Ronald Reagan, who communicated in a clear manner his vision for a brighter future. He was effective because his words reflected who he was. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Comfortable in his own skin, he provided the calm reassurance that America is great, that our people are resilient and that we simply have to have as much faith in ourselves as he did.</span></p> <p>His core message was one of hope. The reason he had hope? The American people. He believed in our country and in our people. Even though he knew we were not perfect, he knew we wanted to be better. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 11, 2019</p> 3e72c52bcb0d7ea1c5d85204597df2dd Must Fix Crisis at Southern Border for 04/04/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/04/19/must-fix-crisis-at-southern-border Thu, 04 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Something must be done. A policy crisis has turned into a security crisis, and now a humanitarian crisis. In February, there were over 76,000 apprehensions at our southern border. This is nearly double the average monthly number (41,735) during the last five years. Additionally, the percentage of people apprehended with their families has dramatically increased. In 2006, only 10% of those apprehended were members of family units and unaccompanied minors; now, we are at 60%.</p> <p>Our policy of releasing families into the United States has dramatically increased the number of family units and unaccompanied minors coming into our country illegally. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 04, 2019</p>