Editorials as of 2012

On On Point NPR Boston (December 6, 2005), Tom Palaima discusses UT summer Greek alumnus Lt. Col. Ted Westhusing and his death in Iraq in the context of a general discussion of contractor corruption in Iraq, with LA Times journalist T. Christian Miller and U.S. Representative Steven Lynch.
(Click WINDOWS or REAL at the top of the linked page to listen)

On Col. Ted Westhusing (Posted May 2, 2007)
Letter to a Dead Colonel. by Alex E. Limkin

Third round in Iraq to test US troops by Patrik Jonsson (January 9, 2007)
Stuart Leavenworth: When it comes to history, it’s all Greek to Arnold (January 19, 02007)

Articles by Eric Dexheimer:
Eric Dexheimer on UT Austin athletics financing and spending.

Articles by John Maher:
John Maher, Articles on Athletics and Academics at University of Texas at Austin, October 28-29, 2007.

Editorials by Tom Palaima: (Files are labelled as html or pdf)
responses to Halpern-Eliot-Bigler et al. study and their reply (March 19, 2012)
Palaima description of a bad book: Victor Davis Hanson and John Heath, Who Killed Homer? The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom (2001) (February 27, 2012)
What Military Recruiters Are Doing to Fill the Ranks (February 9, 2012)
What Military Recruiters Are Doing to Fill the Ranks (January 13, 2012)
What Military Recruiters Are Doing to Fill the Ranks (December 20, 2004)
Facing life’s end on the obituary pages (with reply by James Tatum)(January 5, 2012)
Excess in education hurts everyone (December 19, 2011)
Remembering origins of Veterans Day (November 8, 2011)
Single-sex education study flawed (October 13, 2011)
The ‘me-firstism’ of UT athletics (September 26, 2011)
History gives us guidance in dealing with national tragedy (September 17, 2011)
Home, where they take you in, no matter your challenges” (August 23, 2011)
We, the people, are losing civility, understanding (July 28, 2011)
Pair hope 31,000 images will help spur social change (June 27, 2011)
Closing doors to the future (March 6, 2011)
Budget woes and our misguided priorities (February 11, 2011)
No more excuses for UT’s excesses (November 22, 2010)
Key to the present lies in the past (October 26, 2010)
Let’s make this our 9-28 (October 10, 2010)
U.S. gun laws allow normal day at UT to take a scary turn (September 28, 2010)
Game over: Helping teens deal with violence (September 18, 2010)
Redirect UT’s resources (August 31, 2010)
Obama’s rah-rah speech ignored sobering reality (August 23, 2010)
Letters to the Editor: Wake-up call on homelessness (August 7, 2010)
Capitalizing on socialism’s bad name (July 19, 2010)
Juneteenth is a reminder of a reality that is still overdue (June 17, 2010)
No profiles in courage when it comes to university presidents (May 14, 2010)
Pre-empted by the war in Iraq (April 19, 2010)
UT administration subverts, silences faculty voice (April 15, 2010)
The root of our desires (April 3, 2010)
The Golden Football: The University of Texas’ Bad Example (March 5, 2010)
UT’s big spenders show little regard for value of money (February 24, 2010)
Athletics’ moral, fiscal mismanagement (February 8, 2010)
Going by the book (January 25, 2010)
UT’s Byzantine Budget: On $5 million coaches and laid-off lecturers (January 7, 2010)
Surround children with beauty and goodness (December 26, 2009)
(with Stephen Sonnenberg) Our wounds, our duty (December 9, 2009)
No intermissions or applause in real stages of war (October 26, 2009)
Dr. Antone: The Real Deal (October 2009)
Aesop and the UT Budget (September 30, 2009)
Work long and hard for what you know is right for society (September 25, 2009)
On cable news, ‘truth’ sometimes resembles ‘1984’ (August 21, 2009)
The captivation of those who can offer diversion (July 11, 2009)
What ignorance has cost us (June 20, 2009)
The Canon: Documents in Mycenaean Greek. By Michael Ventris and John Chadwick (July 30, 2009)
Remember the costs of war (May 25, 2009)
Why we should value the tenure system (May 1, 2009)
The price of corporate culture at UT (February 17, 2009)
(with Emily Schenk) Hold onto hope for justice (January 19, 2009)
(with Nathan Tublitz) Barack Obama and the International Education Bowl (January 9, 2009)
‘Happy New Year!’ (January 1, 2009)
UTSA is throwing a Hail Mary pass (December 23, 2008)
Where do our values lie? (December 2008)
Don’t talk down to the masses (November 20, 2008)
Former UT football stars aren’t shining (November 2008)
Believe in the Magic of Youth (October 16, 2008)
In a democracy, we must defend freedom of thought (September 18, 2008)
Knowledge is its own reward (August 25, 2008)
Once, Cleveland capitalists weren’t predators (August 3, 2008)
Stomping all over Americans (EXPANDED VERSION) (July 25, 2008)
The faculty council are imbeciles? (June 16, 2008)
Notable Central Texans remember their best Father’s Day (June 15, 2008)
Understanding a father’s love (June 15, 2008)
For the sake of our future, preserve the past (May 15, 2008)
Airlines’ excuses just won’t fly (April 14, 2008)
Don’t let hope cloud your judgment (March 20, 2008)
Chief litmus test for politicians: Do they have, use compassion? (February 21, 2008)
What we’ve lost in the Iraq War (January 31, 2008)
Unfettered capitalism damages a nation’s economic soul (January 8, 2008)
Value peace for the gift that it is (December 26, 2007)
To get to the root of UT’s problems, follow the money (December 15, 2007)
Austin will be fine if we just focus on what matters (October 25, 2007)
Fight humanity’s baser instincts (October 18, 2007)
UT’s brand is losing value (October 4, 2007)
UT may win on the field, but student-athletes lose (September 21, 2007)
What would Socrates think about our democracy today? (August 28, 2007)
As a matter of honor, troops shouldn’t bend rules of war (August 13, 2007)
A longing for our roots (July 24, 2007)
Redeeming the image of Americans abroad (July 3, 2007)
Our goal should be global understanding (June 19, 2007)
Immigration problems aren’t confined to U.S. (May 24, 2007)
Suppressing the truth is a crime against history (May 4, 2007)
On Col. Ted Westhusing (Posted May 2, 2007)
NCAA Panel Disses the Faculty (November 27, 2006)
Quieting the cacophony spawned by conflicts (March 9, 2007)
Flawed American policies cast long shadows (February 13, 2007)
Understanding the language of violence (January 17, 2007)
Finding universal truth (December 25, 2006)
Building a better Austin (December 8, 2006)
‘Make an effort . . . to understand with compassion and love’ (November 23, 2006)
College athletes often are losers when it comes to academics (November 16, 2006)
The Real Price of College Sports
The evil that men do lives after them (October 25, 2006)
Nike’s message negates the spirit of UT’s motto (September 20, 2006)
Assert academic priorities (September 19, 2006)
Greed is blowing pay gap out of proportion (September 12, 2006)
We have stopped investing in our future (August 31, 2006)
33 million foreign college graduates will soon be job hunting (June 28, 2006)
Viewing foreign policy through rosy glasses (June 20, 2006)
What’s the truth of war? (May 27, 2006)
It’s all about athletics (May 10, 2006)
Confident young minds (Apr. 6, 2006)
A new book that’s both very big and very good (Mar. 9, 2006)
Put academics before athletics (Feb 24, 2006)
At UT, love of learning must become a priority (Feb 22, 2006)
The road UT has taken (Feb 9, 2006)
Do these trees really need to be cut down? (Jan. 25, 2006)
UT is No. 1! UT is 52nd! (Jan. 13, 2006)
Looking back, I’m glad I didn’t let that dog go (Jan. 6, 2006)
Doing the right thing in a world full of spin (Dec. 28, 2005)
Longing for an America that’s no longer with us (Dec. 9, 2005)
These UT athletes have reasons to be thankful (Nov. 23, 2005)
Giving them freedom to find their own path (Nov. 1, 2005)
For UT donors, it might pay to look past sports (Oct. 20, 2005)
A school’s wise stand against book banning (Oct. 5, 2005)
‘The Iliad’ doesn’t flinch from war’s brutal truths (Sept. 19, 2005)
The words matter, even when they are in Greek (Sept. 2, 2005)
“Sheehan’s question is, ‘Why?’ Is an answer possible?” (Aug. 27, 2005)
In war, we choose to see our own truths (Aug. 10, 2005)
An ideal summer job of teaching, learning (Aug. 2, 2005)
How the terrorists use hate to try to divide us (July 12, 2005)
Do People Ever Really Remember the Names of the War Dead? (July 1, 2005)
Why spinning America’s image isn’t enough (June 10, 2005)
Blaming the little guy for history’s big crimes (May. 24, 2005)
At UT, an education that leaves out essentials (May. 21, 2005)
Democracy isn’t perfect, but we shouldn’t take it for granted (Apr. 16, 2005)
We will disagree, but let’s not stop the debate (Mar. 29, 2005)
Learning vs. sports at UT: Guess which is winning? (Feb. 15, 2005)
One election doesn’t mean victory in Iraq (Feb. 8, 2005)
The danger of a leader’s positive illusions (Jan. 31, 2005)
What King could teach us about our role in the world (Jan. 26, 2005)
(with Christina Skelton) What it takes to bring us life’s simple things (Dec. 28, 2004)
Their service is over; don’t make them fight on (Dec. 8, 2004)
In America, we would rather just fight about it (Nov. 29, 2004)
In his election victory, Bush sees a divine right to carry on (Nov. 6, 2004)
Lessons for Leaders (Oct. 24, 2004)
What it will really take for UT to be excellent (Oct. 13, 2004)
Will debates force an end to playing politics with lives? (Sept. 26, 2004)
Palaima and Elam: With business role models such as these . . . (July 21, 2004)
Sportsmanship, from Olympia to Omaha (July 7, 2004)
What will they learn from these leaders? (June 29, 2004)
Young citizens, getting prepared to take flight (June 15, 2004)
Epic tale of facing up to Achilles heel (June 11, 2004)
The Iliad Gets Lost in Hollywood’s Translation (May 18, 2004)
For these Austinites, there’s magic in giving (March 13, 2004)
In the name of decency, let us acknowledge how many are dying for us and who they are (May 4, 2004)
In ancient myths, we find modern realities (Apr. 13, 2004)
Laughing at our soldiers’ reason for dying (Apr. 5, 2004)
The unyielding psychology of war, from Troy to Tikrit (Feb. 4, 2004)
Educating young minds, nurturing a world’s dreams (Dec. 30, 2003)
Big history questions: Politics by other means or a cock-up? by Peter Furtado, and Why peace is a conjuror’s trick, by Tom Palaima (Dec. 12, 2003)
Especially in academia, all voices must have chance to be heard (Dec. 8, 2003)
The relationship between God and war (Nov. 12, 2003)
Casting the First stone (Nov. 10, 2003)
Archives revive interest in forgotten life (Oct. 27, 2003)
Archives keep us in touch with history as it happened, not as it imagined (Oct. 15, 2003)
Some plagiarism serious enough to diminish our faith (Sept. 28, 2003)
The missing entries from ‘A Gaza Diary’ (Sept. 25, 2003) (also available in HTML format)
Despite world’s reminders, we still don’t know terrorism (Sept. 16, 2003)
An apology to those who fought and were forgotten (Sept. 2, 2003)
Keep Austin full of good vibes, good people (June 13, 2003)
Pausing to remember others’ sacrifice (May 29, 2003)
The war that was, and the war that we saw (Apr. 30, 2003)
Building better islands for children (Feb. 10, 2003)
Through the ages, society has struggled with ultimate penalty (Jan. 14, 2003)
As year closes, a look at history hints at things to come (Dec. 29, 2002)
Moon, stars, profit, our loss (Oct. 23, 2002)
A lesson about darkness and war in the Middle East (Oct. 11, 2002)
A snapshot of history can tell us much about today (Sept. 8, 2002)
Some things that take the cake (Aug. 17, 2002)
The politics and promise of the Democratic ‘dream team’ (July 14, 2002)
Your freedom is in the mail (July 3, 2002)
When giving it that old college try comes at too high a cost (June 22, 2002)
2,500 Memorial Days and counting (May 27, 2002)
Educational grazing on the Forty Acres (May 21, 2002)
Of death and academics (May 11, 2002)
A master teacher (Apr. 14, 2002)
Where’s our ‘Iliad’? (Mar. 31, 2002)
Catch-2002: UT’s student fee dilemma (Mar. 1, 2002)
Keeping cool about higher ed (Jan. 15, 2002)
2001: One cruel year and two caring gentleman (Dec. 30, 2001)
Give UT student-athletes a sporting chance (Dec. 5, 2001)
Driving SUVs and flying B-24s in times of reverence (Nov. 14, 2001)
The world did not change (Oct. 26, 2001)
When will the terrorists have won? (Oct. 23, 2001)
To be a citizen or idiot: The choice is ours (Oct. 9, 2001)
This is retaliation, not justice (Sept. 28, 2001)
American ideals and the rights of others (Sept. 25, 2001)
Brave new electronic world (Aug. 26, 2001)
Divided we fall into inequality gap (Aug. 2, 2001)
Satirist wanted; no experience is necessary (July 8, 2001)
Ivory tower and economics of knowledge, part II (June 13, 2001)
The sky’s the limit (May 24, 2001)
Faith-based initiatives and economic realities (May 2, 2001)
The ivory tower and the economics of knowledge: part I (Apr. 15, 2001)
How ivory is the University of Texas Tower? (Apr. 1, 2001)
Shane’s Technicolor morality (Mar. 11, 2001)
The handwriting is on the wall for some (Mar. 1, 2001)
Imagination and history (Jan. 28, 2001)
The ironies of memory (Jan. 18, 2001)
A Christmas gift from one of our own (Dec. 24, 2000)
Movies, political myths and election 2000 (Dec. 13, 2000)
The end of an uninspiring campaign (Nov. 8, 2000)
Voting: the Democratic ideal? (Oct. 29, 2000)
A modest proposal (Oct. 1, 2000)
Big Brother, Bullwinkle and the daily news (July 12, 2000)
With open discussion, no protests necessary (May 27, 2000)
In Austin, we have all the answers (Apr. 18, 2000)
Free speech and higher education (Mar. 13, 2000)
Wealth and the commonwealth (Feb. 1, 2000)
The century of violence (Dec. 19, 1999)
The effects of war, on all of us (Oct. 1, 1999)
Engaging our minds before we engage our ground troops (May 19, 1999)
Legislators, please send money (Apr. 15, 1999)
Is corporate model right for higher education? (Feb. 17, 1999)

Radio apperances by Tom Palaima:
NPR: Lessons on War from the Ancient Greeks
On-point radio program on Troy and the Iliad

Aleta Lutz, who is mentioned in Palaima’s commentary of June 28, 2006 has given us permission to provide here a pdf file of her stories Que Paso? & Other Texas Stories (2003).

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