Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy has been a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly since November 2014. Before then, she wrote at her own blog, Horizons, for almost a decade.

Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Social Studies/Secondary Education and a master’s degree in Theology/Marriage and Family Therapy. She provided counseling and therapy in various settings before becoming the executive director of a nonprofit organization whose mission focused on juvenile crime prevention.

The Heart of the Matter

When most people discuss globalization and income inequality, they talk about policies to alleviate the problem. That is an important part of the equation. But Pope Francis recently addressed the heart of the matter. I recognize that globalization has helped many people to rise from poverty, but it has condemned many others to hunger. It’s… Read more »

Passing the Baton

As we prepare to celebrate Martin Luther King Day tomorrow, it strikes me that this is the first time in my adult life that we do so while another civil rights movement is underway. As Carla Murphy writes at ColorLines, that is causing some expected tensions. It’s nearly six months since white police officer Darren… Read more »

Republicans Remain Terrified That President Obama Will Close Gitmo

Ever since President Obama took office in 2009, Republicans have done everything in their power to stop him from closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Given his recent successes at repatriating detainees and the looming assistance Pope Francis has offered, they are upping those efforts. Key Senate Republicans on Tuesday unveiled legislation that would effectively… Read more »

Unpacking the Last Stage of Economic Recovery

Now that the unemployment rate (at 5.6% in December) is reaching a stage that some economists call “full employment,” most everyone – including many Republicans – are pointing to wage stagnation as the last barrier to economic recovery. So let’s get some facts on the table about what is going on. Jared Bernstein suggests that… Read more »

The Long Game on Climate Policy

From the beginning, President Obama articulated an “all of the above” energy plan – something that angered both environmentalists and the fossil fuel industry. But it was a systemic approach that took into account not only the issue of climate change, but also this country’s economic recovery and a foreign policy that was too often… Read more »