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Now that Oklahoma has repealed the “Common Core” standards for K-12 education, the focus shifts to the creation of Oklahoma-based standards.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.
HEY HINK: Border crisis shows nation’s unforgivable unwillingness to act
After years of unforgiveable neglect, the festering illness on America’s southern border has erupted into a full-blown crisis. Thousands of vulnerable children are being used as pawns in a cynical, multifaceted game where unscrupulous powers maneuver behind the scenes to exploit them for money, political advantage and soulless ideology. Our government is responding with the precision, speed and effectiveness of the victim of a stun grenade.
We may have our doubts, but for the moment, let’s credit the rehearsed explanation we’re getting: These children are fleeing violence of their home countries in Central and South America. Let’s assume Mexico is either powerless to stop the flood, or has a credible explanation for why it won’t.
AGAINST THE GRAIN: Author’s account of Johannesburg features growing pains
American journalist Douglas Foster wrote in “After Mandela, The Struggle For Equality in Post- Apartheid South Africa” of the City of Johannesburg in South Africa that “It does not have a humble bone in its body.” And Johannesburg native Mark Gevisser recently has authored a memoir titled, “Lost And Found In Johannesburg” in which he gives some insight into the civic pride of that city.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A robust armed force for Japan could be a plus for the U.S.
Japan, changing course from its post-1945 posture of pacificism, is turning toward assuming a more vigorous military posture.
Oklahoma’s iron triangle resists educational choice
Survey data continually show that Oklahomans favor policies that give parents more educational options. However, enacting those policies has proven to be difficult. A simple metaphor can help explain why.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Boehner’s lawsuit against Obama is a bad move
Most Americans would agree that this nation has too much partisanship and too many lawsuits. In announcing recently that he will seek legislation for the House of Representatives to sue President Barack Obama, Speaker John Boehner embraces a double dose of negativity.
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