G. Tracy Mehan III

G. Tracy Mehan III served at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the administrations of both Presidents Bush. He is an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law.

Nothing Is Settled That Is Not Right

 

Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man By Timothy Sandefur (Cato Institute, 143 pages, $14.95) Reviewed by G. Tracy Mehan, III ***** “My cause, first, midst, last, and always was and is that of the black man; not because he is black, but because he is a man.” — Frederick Douglass It may be a sign of advancing […]

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An Italian View of the Irish

 

When I was growing up in the Midwest, Irish-German marriages were common, especially among Catholics. There seemed to be a general feeling that these were blessed couplings given what were perceived as complementary character traits between the two nationalities. At the risk of indulging in ethnic stereotypes, the more sentimental, even flamboyant Irish were grounded […]

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The Pivotal Battle of the Civil War

 

T.S. Eliot wrote that “April is the cruellest month…mixing Memory and desire…” But he never spent a sun-drenched, late summer’s day on Antietam Creek where poignant beauty mixes with memory and blood. The battle of Antietam, or Sharpsburg (southerners use the nearby town’s name), took place 155 years ago in stunningly lush country in northwestern […]

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Life Is Winning in America

 

On Friday our two little platoons, over one hundred parishioners strong, attended Mass, boarded the buses, and headed into the District to join several hundred thousand of our compatriots for the 44th March for Life. The annual March is a testament to a movement that kept the faith and witness to the humanity of unborn […]

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Making the Desert Bloom

 

Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution For A Water-Starved World By Seth M. Siegel (Thomas Dunne Books, 337 pages, $27.99) My first encounter with cutting-edge Israeli technology occurred while working on Great Lakes issues in the 1990s. An irrigation district in Michigan’s “thumb” wanted to take water from Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron, by then […]

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Raise a Glass to Freedom

 

It was a beautiful Labor Day weekend in New York. Central Park, the 9/11 Memorial, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art beckoned. And, thanks to an enterprising daughter, my wife and I were able to score tickets for the new Broadway musical production, Hamilton, which was sold out over the entire three-day holiday. One might […]

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Earth Day 2015: Federal Lands Edition

 

The massive federal land holdings in the western United States continue to irritate many folks living west of the 100th Meridian. According to Holly Fretwell of the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) and Montana State University, nearly half of the western states is owned by the federal government including over 60 percent of Alaska […]

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Dialogues of the Carmelite Martyrs

 

On the evening of July 17, 1794, at the height of the Great Terror of the French Revolution, 16 Carmelite nuns were guillotined in the Place de la Nation in Paris. Their story is re-told by Francis Poulenc in his 1957 opera, Dialogues of the Carmelites, which completed its run at the Washington National Opera […]

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Scott Walker’s Opening Move

 

With his recent appearance in Iowa generating rave reviews, Scott Walker, the intrepid Republican Governor of Wisconsin, has made his opening move in the 2016 presidential primary. Walker, of course, is the man who has basically been running, non-stop, for office while engaging in a take-no-prisoners battle with the public employee unions in the Dairy […]

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Lives Not Worthy to Live

 

“Whatever proportions these crimes finally assumed, it became evident to all who investigated them that they had started from small beginnings.”— Leo Alexander, M.D. Fundamental truths are often forgotten, if not actively obscured in the Kultursmog. This is very much the case with respect to the integrity of the human person and the inalienable right […]

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