Access to Education Shouldn’t Be a Gene Pool Lottery

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When former Alaska Governor and Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin was in the news and on the campaign trail in 2008, and found herself stuck for an answer in an interview, she scrolled through her short list of talking points and … [Read more...]

We’re Looking for John Schofield, Not Lorenzo Thomas

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With the continued mayhem emanating from the Oval Office these weeks, there have been comparisons made to the later stages of the Nixon administration. Nixon became a recluse in his office as the vise of Watergate scandals began to tighten toward the … [Read more...]

Some Say Obstruction, I Say Opposition

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Obstruction. Opposition. These words are similar phonetically and visually, but a world apart in meaning. I’m not going to drag you to the dictionary for strict definitions; rather we’ll rely on examples to show the vast differences. Obstruction … [Read more...]

Peter Pan, the Easter Bunny, Ayn Rand, and Stephen Bannon

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Johnny Carson’s Carnac the Magnificent would have responded to the title answer with this question, “What are four ideas kids believe, but outgrow?” We all want to believe in everlasting youth, but age and responsibility eventually catch up to most … [Read more...]

Yay or Nay on School Choice? Betsy DeVos Isn’t Sure

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos confirmed twice last week what we already know about her. The first was that she fits right in with the climate of confusion and lack of direction that permeates this current White House. Next, she reaffirmed the all … [Read more...]

Republicans Offer Swiss Healthcare System

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Not the country, the cheese. Like Swiss cheese, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is full of holes. The first hole is that all the right wing shouting for repeal of the current healthcare law (ACA) is sprouting from a proposal the Republicans … [Read more...]

Picking School Winners and Losers: What Will Change?” Part III of III

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There is school choice today. Those who can afford to do so can choose private or home-school education. They pay for these choices while continuing to pay public school taxes, ergo an expensive choice. Many districts today have school choice options … [Read more...]

Picking School Winners and Losers: What Are Our Choices? Part II of III

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Let’s continue our discussion about House Bill 610, the school choice bill that would provide law for funding schools through vouchers, plus repeal the current laws that assure equal access and equal treatment for children with a wide variety of … [Read more...]

Picking School Winners and Losers is Risky Business Part 1 of 3

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House Bill 610 (working title; Choices in Education Act) has been introduced into Congress. It has not cleared a committee, there have been no votes taken, and no amendments offered. But, now is the time for the public to learn about what the bill … [Read more...]

Desert Dust

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If I mention Barney Oldfield will that show my age? Barney was an early twentieth century racecar driver. His image is that of a wild man wearing a leather crash helmet with goggles sitting in an open top, no windshield racer. I bring Barney up … [Read more...]