3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Reading I was listening to talk radio the other day and once again, it reminded me what is wrong with the world. A politician from my great state was explaining(?) why he voted against a bill requiring school districts to “hold back” students who could not pass a third grade reading assessment. I… Continue reading 3rd Grade Reading

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Free Money

Free Money Years ago, as a member of a subcommittee created by the school board, a member excitedly spoke about some new program. As I pondered the program and its value, it struck me as a lot of money for a select few students. Not much “bang for the buck” as a whole. It was… Continue reading Free Money

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A Third Party is Not a Panacea

A Third Party is not a Panacea There are many parties in the U.S., but it is primarily a two party system. Do we need another party, or two, three or four more? Please no. There is a concerted effort to divide this country and creating additional parties, or splinters of existing parties, will only… Continue reading A Third Party is Not a Panacea

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Red Herring

Red Herring Abortion, gun rights, transgender issues, censorship, the border, inflation, Ukraine and other nightly news stories are in some respects red herrings. A red herring is:             Something that misleads or distracts from a relevant or important question. Some of these topics are more substantive than the perennial red herrings like abortion and gay… Continue reading Red Herring

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Pieces Parts

Pieces Parts There are many challenges out there and most folks are oblivious. Pick any area and change is most certainly needed, but beyond policy changes, a concurrent fundamental shift in how government works, or should say operates, must occur. Why does the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) exist and what should they be doing?… Continue reading Pieces Parts

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Donations

Donations Wounded warriors, feed hungry kids and a host of other “nonprofit” groups have hit the airwaves with requests for donations. Some of them, like some other nonprofits, represent a good cause. They also epitomize ineffective policy. Why are wounded veterans put in a position where they are unable to provide for their needs? Is… Continue reading Donations

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Immaterial is Subjective

Immaterial Is Subjective The SCOTUS recently ruled (I believe it was 6-3) that some of Pennsylvania’s laws were “immaterial”. I have no doubt there are many, many laws throughout the statutes of Pennsylvania’s laws that are immaterial (and other States), but the Judiciary, in its interpretation of the law, is legislating from the bench. In… Continue reading Immaterial is Subjective

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Exporting Jobs

Exporting Jobs John Deere recently announced another operation is moving to Mexico. They explained it will keep some jobs here. These will be higher skilled jobs and integral to the company’s success. I get it, it is a business decision. Every company wants to keep costs down, but Congress does not seem to care about… Continue reading Exporting Jobs

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Leverage Creates Interest

Leverage Creates Interest As the gun control argument dominates the nightly news, it is a reminder that tragedies can spark momentary policy interest. The rhetoric is the same, take away the taxpaying, law abiding and conscientious citizens’ rights and privileges. Why must this group be targeted? At what point will the pendulum swing back to… Continue reading Leverage Creates Interest

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Multiple Solutions

Multiple Solutions In virtually every policy debate, the party leaders, prospective candidates, mainstream media, talking heads and seemingly everyone else is absorbed with the elusive solution that will solve the problem de jour. What we fail to realize is there may not be one solution, but we keep the status quo in fear the suggested… Continue reading Multiple Solutions

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The Game Is Rigged

The Game is Rigged There were a half a dozen or more republican candidates on the primary ballot in my little corner of the world for many offices including U.S. Senators and Congress people. It is stupid. I’m not big into conspiracy theories but it seems the Republican party (and maybe the Dem’s too) are… Continue reading The Game Is Rigged

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The Death Penalty

The Death Penalty I did a research paper back just after the dawn of time about people who were convicted of a crime and put to death. The paper focused on those trials that turned out wrong and evidence was discovered later that proved their innocence. Once upon a time, it was not that rare,… Continue reading The Death Penalty

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Foreign Policy

Foreign Policy Foreign policy is outside of my wheel house, but as with other policy decisions that should be changed, this one could use a giant dose of common sense. Since it is in the news, look at the $40.0 Billion dollar aid package recently authorized by Congress for the Country of Ukraine. I have… Continue reading Foreign Policy

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