Cancer, old age, car crashes, heart disease — this is how many of us think of death and imagine that we will die. In our youth, our bodies are…

Rep. Trey Radel of Florida announced that he would be taking a leave of absence from office on Wednesday, Nov. 20. This announcement was made following an earlier arrest in which Radel was charged with the possession of cocaine. The congressman has since pled guilty to the charges, for which he was put on one year of probation and fined $250 — a seemingly low punishment.

We are born and passed from hands to hands until we curl into our mothers’ arms. Once home, we are given a crib, toys, plentiful sustenance, and a roof under which to live. In our childhood, years of youth and our sour teenage era, we are sustained and loved by our parents (or guardians). Eventually, the majority of us are sent off to college with, if not financial support, the well-wishes of our families. We graduate and marry and have children of our own and one day, our parents are ol…

In our modern form of education, classic literature is inescapable. Whether you dream of being a teacher, a banker or a veterinarian, it is hard to get through high school without encountering Salinger, Dickens or Whitman in an English class.

Part of the excitement of college is that you can take whatever classes you want and acquire whatever knowledge you desire. Whether it’s anthropology, statistics, wine tasting or even walking for exercise, you can expand your education in whatever way you see fit, right?

Forgive but do not forget: a universal motto regarding the proper way to deal with offenses long past. A betrayal between two close friends might be a proper context for the phrase. But is it an acceptable selection of words in reference to the genocide of millions?