The following is a summary of the December/January 2014/2015 issue of the St. Croix Review:
In "May I Be Inspired," Barry MacDonald writes of the power of prayer.
In "Meditations on Machado," Paul R. Suszko finds inspiration in the ephemeral beauty offered by the words of a Spanish poet.
Paul Kengor, in "When the Communists Murdered a Priest," relates a horrid crime, and yet finds transcendent meaning in the outcome; in "The Liberal Religion of 'Tolerance,' he shows a stark difference between liberals and conservatives, the liberal's selective practice of tolerance, and the nasty essence of today's liberals; in "The Scandal Continues: President Obama's Skipped Intelligence Briefings," he shows the President's essential fecklessness.
Mark Hendrickson, in "A Free-Market Economist's Take on Ken Burns' 'The Roosevelts'" is fascinated, inspired, and prompted to asks questions about what our nation needs by the documentary's exploration of the characters of three great Americans; in "Saudi Arabia Versus the Keystone Pipeline," he shows how the free market works to the advantage of consumers.
In "The Other University Bubble," Herbert London writes that as the cost of a university education has exploded, the value of the liberal arts curriculum has collapsed.
In "Whither Free Speech," Timothy S. Goeglein writes that a new, virulent intolerance is sweeping America's universities; religious expression is especially under attack.
Allan Brownfeld, in "Eric Cantor: New Poster-Boy for the Transition from Congressman to Well-Paid Lobbyist," shows how venal Republicans and Democrats have become: while in Congress they provide advantages to big business, and after leaving Congress they become lobbyists for big business; in "One Thing Congress Has Managed to Achieve: Legalizing What Always Used to Be Viewed as Corruption," he reveals how corrupt Congress has become by presenting historical perspective and current practice.
Philip Vander Elst, in "God the Creator," cites testimonials, Bible verses, reason, and inspiration in support of Christian faith.
S. Fred Singer, in "Climate Science Does Not Support IPCC Conclusions," discusses future temperatures and rising sea levels, and shows how the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change twists evidence to reach an alarming result.
Twila Brase, in "Seven Smart Reasons Not to Enroll in Obamacare," suggests paying the tax penalty would be less expensive. Claim one of 9 exemptions, or 14 hardship waivers.
In "We Are a Nation of Immigrants," Robert L. Wichterman asserts that immigrants should assimilate American values and become proud of their new nation.
In "America the Bountiful," Mark E. Mishanie describes an incident that brought home to him what America is: a land of refuge in a troubled world.
Jo Ann Gardner, in "Understanding the Bible from the Ground Up in the Book of Ruth," gives an insightful close reading to a wonderful story.
Jigs Gardner, in "A Dying Folk Culture," describes the insular, clannish, originally Scottish immigrants who farmed the severe land alongside him; these people vanished long ago.
Jigs Gardner, in "Kenneth Roberts and the Art of Historical Fiction," presents a fine author who describes an infamous but brilliant American general: Benedict Arnold.
In "An Intriguing Proposition," Fayette Durlin and Peter Jenkin review four articles concerning Western/Islamic issues.