HESP July 2, 2018

The 9mm is the most used weapon in US mass shootings, not AR-15   To the left, 9mm semi-automatic handgun. To the right, AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. Images sources via:   A line of men of various ages stand in front of Collector Rifle & Ammo gun store in Hopewell Junction, New York at […]

HESP July 2, 2018

  Dutchess County Court House in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Twitter post: Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – A driver who injured a married couple in a vehicle accident was intoxicated more than three hours after the accident, an expert, the theatre worker that served him alcohol, and others testified against him. Trial adjourned […]

HESP June 3, 2018

“Who deserves hemodialysis today?” (Raghavan, 2017, p. 488) Undocumented immigrants who suffer from kidney disease are a stigmatized people suffering from a stigmatized illness. The patchwork of treatments offered by each state is wasteful and inefficient, and government policies often put unnecessary stress on state and community healthcare systems. There are clear financial and humanitarian […]

HESP May 1, 2018

Louis, Bertin M. My Soul Is in Haiti: Protestantism in the Haitian Diaspora of the Bahamas. New York: New York University Press, 2014. Hardcover. [There are also Kindle and paperback editions available.] 200 pp.   I despise the word “voodoo.” It has pejorative connotations and unfairly stereotypes the often-Catholic people who practice a peaceful religion […]

HESP February 2, 2018

We see news every day about how climate change is affecting people and places in other parts of the world. Some effects are directly measurable, such as in Venice, Italy, where the city is succumbing to sea level rise and apparently sinking into the ocean[1]. Other effects are associated with or correlated with climate change […]

HESP November 1, 2017

I am a lead pencil, The ordinary wooden pencil. Writing is both my vocation and my avocation; That’s all I do. You may wonder why I should write a genealogy. Well, my story is interesting to begin with. And, next, I am a mystery, More so than a tree Or a sunset or even a […]

HESP November 1, 2017

War vs. Peace Journalism By M.A. Blackmur Jake Lynch and Johan Galtung, in their book Reporting Conflict: New Directions in Peace Journalism, present quite a bit of thought provoking information about how conflict is currently reported on and the possibilities of how this style of reporting could be improved to include peace journalism. I feel […]

HESP November 1, 2017

“Insights into the contemporary tensions in Syria can be found by examining the legacies of some of the policies implemented by the French under mandate rule.” (6 Country Profile)   When reading the Syrian profile from Harvard’s Religious Literacy Project it becomes obvious that many types of violence have been perpetuated against the people of […]