COMMENTARY: The shrill are shouting: So what?

(RNS) With their eyes focused on power, the shrill apparently have a bottomless well for funding their cause. They are certainly whipping each other into a frenzy. The question remains: Is anyone else listening? By Tom Ehrich.

COMMENTARY: Moving forward requires letting go of the past

(RNS) Comparing today with yesterday is a popular yet pointless pastime. We rarely remember yesterday accurately, and yesterday was so, well, yesterday — different context, different players, different period in our lives, different numbers, different stages in science, commerce and communications. By Tom Ehrich.

COMMENTARY: Ain’t no mountain high enough

(RNS) The horrendous ugliness of this year's political campaigns is a last-ditch effort to install hatred on the throne — all of it egged on by wealthy bigots whose goal, inevitably, is gaining more wealth. But it's last-ditch because times are changing. By Tom Ehrich.

Is homeless crackdown a sign of compassion fatigue?

(RNS) A growing number of ordinances are pitting city officials against homeless advocates. City leaders say they want to improve the lives of homeless people and ensure public safety, while supporters of the homeless argue that such regulations criminalize homelessness. By Yamiche Alcindor.

RNS photo courtesy Becky Morlock

Missionary mom returns home with unexpected ‘gift’

(RNS) Most international adoptions are arranged through licensed agencies. Becky Morlock's situation was different; her son was given to her directly by his biological mother, and the case left her stranded in India as a missionary-turned-mom for almost four years. By Adriana Janovich

COMMENTARY: There’s no winning in whining

NEW YORK (RNS) Ours has become a culture of whining. People bristle at the slightest discomfort or shortcoming. Do we all feel that helpless? Is our addiction to control so granular that we cannot tolerate anything out of order? By Tom Ehrich.

Commentary: Becoming unglued (in a good way)

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (RNS) The answer to escaping stuckness isn't technology or youth or brilliant presentations. It's the will to embrace change and the courage to face down those who profit from dysfunction. By Tom Ehrich.