Articles by Patricia Hynes

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Overcoming the harm of war

By H. PATRICIA HYNES Sunday, February 18, 2018 How do you know when you have begun healing from the trauma of war?  For Lou, it was two months ago when he no longer “needed” to…


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Discarding waste around globe

My nephew, an Army veteran who spent most of his 20-plus years military service as an officer in South Korea, is now a civilian military contractor living on a base in Afghanistan. Our only conversation…


Soldiers of Peace

Author and prominent peace educator Paul Chappell observed that he had 12 years of math through calculus II, and yet uses only a fraction of his math skills in daily life. He graduated from high school, however, illiterate in peace, literacy he desperately needed and has dedicated his life to cultivating, disseminating and incorporating into educational curricula.


America, the country that terrorizes itself

On Wednesday, Oct. 4, the news carried an apocalyptic version of our country with its
chaotic national and foreign policy politics; its epidemic of Americans massacred by fellow
Americans fatally attracted to assault weapons; and climate change denial in the face of a
trifecta of record-breaking hurricanes.




Marines’ ‘Always Faithful’ Motto Doesn’t Apply to Fellow Females

The first women were assigned to a Marine infantry unit on Jan. 5, fulfilling the 2015 Department of Defense mandate that all military service jobs, including combat, be open to women.

By late January, a Google Drive link with photos of nude and barely dressed Marine servicewomen was posted to the Marines United Facebook page without the knowledge of the women involved. Postings also divulged their names, ranks and military duties.


How the Light Gets In

In these times of climate change denial, macho military chest-beating, stagnant wages, and soulless extremes of wealth and poverty, light-bearing cracks are all that we have. The northern Great Plains, likely the richest wind regime in the world, the potential of tribal wind power exceeds 300 gigawatts across six states, according to the Department of Energy. This motherlode is equivalent to about half of the current electrical generating capacity in the United States.


My Turn: Is it too late to save our planet?

Oil is indispensable for war and militarism. Think of it as the lifeblood coursing through our foreign policy veins — a policy based on maintaining superpower status through force. The 1980 Carter Doctrine, which stated…


When peace settled in, one night, a century ago

Pat Hynes & Frances Crowe: Along the western front of World War I lie miles of cemeteries for British, Scottish, Belgian, French and other soldiers killed in the war. In a lone, out-of-the way plot in this land of teenage war dead, a large cross and a dozen small ones honor the Christmas Truce of 1914 spontaneously celebrated by soldiers, and even some officers, on both sides of the war.