About Don Rollins

Don Rollins is a Unitarian Universalist minister and freelance writer who lives in Tarpon Springs, FL.
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Juvenile Justice: When Poverty Looks Like Delinquency

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The essence of the juvenile court idea, and of the juvenile court movement, is the recognition of the obligation of the great mother state to her neglected and erring children, and her obligation to deal with them as children and wards, rather than to class them as criminals and drive them by harsh measures into…
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Happy Labor Day, Samuel Gompers!

What does labor want? We want more school houses and less jails. More books and less guns. More learning and less vice. More leisure and less greed. More justice and less revenge. We want more … opportunities to cultivate our better natures. - Samuel Gompers From unadorned to ostentatious, the graves that make up Sleepy…
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Hobby Lobby, The Establishment Clause, and Why It’s Time to Rethink the Constitution

The failure of the nation to update the Constitution and the structure of government it originally bequeathed to us is at the root of our current political dysfunction. - Larry Sabato, “A More Perfect Constitution: 23 Proposals to Revitalize Our Constitution and Make America a Fairer Country.” It’s a shame the deep-pocketed theocrats that run…
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Conservative Luminaries Speak At Annual CPAC Gathering In Washington

Marco Rubio and the Fine Art of Promising the Moon

Before penning “Jaws” – easily the most harrowing sea tale this side of Herman Melville – the late Peter Benchley worked as a speechwriter during Lyndon Johnson’s oft times tumultuous administration. Legend has it that when it came time to leave Washington, Benchley decided to exit with a little vindictive flair. Although different today, the…
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One Florida Circus May Be Leavin’ Town

Circus season is winding down here in Florida, but it’s just getting started up in Tallahassee – home to the Florida legislature, the place where good governance goes to die. Mind you, it’s not that the two chambers are the only show around. After all, this is the land where strip clubs offer free flu…
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