HEY HINK: IRS interferes with citizens’ rights of free speech
The patient is gravely ill. We have detected traces of a deadly venom in the bloodstream. We don’t know how widespread the poison is, but we know, if not counteracted, toxins of this kind can rot the patient’s vital organs and could ultimately prove fatal.
We're raising a generation of timid kids
A week ago, a woman was charged with leaving her child in the car while she went into a store. Her 11-year-old child. This week, a woman was arrested for allowing her 9-year-old daughter to go to the park alone. Which raises just one question: America, what the heck is wrong with you?
RedBlueAmerica: What should the U.S. do about illegal immigrant children?
The crisis along the southern U.S. border has politicians and immigration officials scrambling. More than 52,000 children, mostly from Central American nations, have arrived so far this year. The Department of Homeland Security is running out of space to hold them all.
President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $3.7 billion in borrowed money from taxpayers to cover the growing “care, feeding and transportation costs of unaccompanied children and family groups” when our own veterans are not taken care of. Texas Gov. Rick Perry criticized the president’s plan, saying more money should go toward securing the border.
VA scandal highlights the need to change Pentagon spending priorities
The ongoing Department of Veterans Affairs scandal raises an important question: When our veterans are being denied access to basic health care, why is the Pentagon squandering billions of dollars on programs that do not benefit our military forces? Is there a link in organization attitudes?
For better politics, it’s time for some raging moderates
Like more than 20 percent of my fellow Californians, I am now classified as a no-party-preference voter, registered to vote but with no affiliation to any of the state’s political parties.
I am for lower taxes and for marriage equality. I am tough on crime and I am anti-abortion. I believe that a pathway to citizenship is a necessary part of immigration reform and that student test scores should be a critical component of teacher evaluations.
Father on mission to stop gun violence
Since his son died six weeks ago as collateral damage to a troubled young man’s wish for vengeance, Richard Martinez has been asked whom he holds responsible.
“I’m responsible,” the California lawyer answers, referring to most Americans’ failure to push harder to change gun laws after earlier mass shootings. “All those kids died and none of us did anything.”
The Kansas City Star: Obama must end the public information barriers
Mr. President, you have a public information problem. Again. Several months ago, journalism organizations complained about a lack of access for news photographers to pertinent presidential events.
Taxpayer-funded lobbying survives for another year
Imagine owning a business and entering into a contract with a vendor. As you prepare to sign the contract, the vendor puts forward one final stipulation. He wants you to hire an employee with the sole mission of perpetually negotiating with you to change the terms of the contract to better favor the vendor. You will essentially be paying someone to negotiate on behalf of your counterparty. This makes no sense, and no self-respecting business owner would sign that contract.
POINT/COUNTERPOINT: Recipe for education success
Now that Oklahoma has repealed the “Common Core” standards for K-12 education, the focus shifts to the creation of Oklahoma-based standards. This process is extremely important because the performance of many Oklahoma students reveals that often the status quo in K-12 education in Oklahoma has been a recipe for mediocrity and even failure.
POINT/COUNTERPOINT: 5 key ingredients necessary for state’s education standards
In the coming weeks and months state leaders, educators and parents will be discussing (and hopefully developing) new state education standards. This discussion has immense implications on the quality of education in Oklahoma, and the future prosperity of its residents.
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