Category Archives: Commentary

Public education: an appendage of the Left

Many teachers want to trap students in our failing public schools. While schoolchildren in other countries are outperforming our students, teachers unions are opposed to any competition from non-public and private schools. They oppose home schooling unless kids are taught by state-licensed teachers using state-approved curricula. Rather than allowing parents control over their children’s education with school choice vouchers, the teachers want even more taxpayer money for their broken-down monopoly.

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A Prisoner on the Ladder

It is very expensive and difficult to uncover police and prosecutorial misconduct. What makes the news are only a few very rare instances where the violations were caught on camera to prove the abuse. Most all cases of abuse of rights and privileges go unnoticed. Most government civil rights agencies are not allowed to investigate or are deterred from investigating violations involving an accused person. Public defenders are not given the resources or time to investigate these violations. If those offences are not clear and in the open, they cannot challenge them.

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Say what? The decline of words in the English language

The English language is a fascinating system of sounds, words, and script with letters borrowed from the Phoenicians and the Semitic alphabet. We have over a million words in our language stemming from ancient, ancestral contributors like Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit. The rapid evolution of our language is staggering when we consider how many different cultures have imprinted and ingrained themselves within our words and lingual structure. So with oratory options being so copious, why do we limit ourselves in our speech? Is it a fear of sounding pretentious or pompous? Or perhaps it’s the lazy ignorance of Millennials (of whom I am one)? I’m not entirely sure what the correct answer is.

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Cramming for finals

As the fall semester winds down to a close, college students everywhere are beginning their final cramming as a last-ditch effort to pass a class. While naysayers will argue that you should have been learning this all along, I’m here to tell you that you can pass that class last-minute with these simple tips. If this article is the first reminder that you have finals coming up in the next couple weeks, then crack open your textbook, grab a coffee, and follow these helpful suggestions.

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Speaking of indifference

What of amnesty plans which incorporate an allowance for immediate unquestioned acceptance into the US military? This is given to a group of people who apparently show no loyalty whatsoever to the United States, save the very few. This at a time coinciding with the President’s order to strip the military of 20 percent of its officers and non-commissioned officers. In and of itself, this is unprecedented with the exception of

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Republicans are NOT ascendant

It would be wrong to think that Republicans won big on November 4 and are now ascendant. Not very many people like Republicans. Gallup regularly samples voters’ political affiliation and those choosing the Republican Party have declined steadily to only 24 percent this year. Arguably, they have atrophied into just a minor political party.

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PA State Trooper murder and media priorities

Over-the-top searches, people exiled from their homes, roadblocks, mail stoppage, tank-like vehicles, paramilitary, schools closed, people being kept from their medication, and police cruisers colliding at high speeds into civilians.The constitutions (of the US and Pennsylvania) used as toilet paper. The response from authorities? He’s not all that dangerous. Well, gee . . . hmm . . . if you’re scratching your head or sitting there dumbfounded, do not worry, so am I. Did I mention Frein nearly made it to No. 1 on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list?

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Why you should care about pot: Medical Marijuana legalization in Pennsylvania

Other factors bearing on why we should support legalized cannabis include the methods of storage, handling, and overall sterility of the street cannabis being sold; dangerous growing conditions, such as the use of pesticides and fungicides which alter the chemical properties of the plant (or coating the plant in harmful residues that are inhaled or consumed by users); dealers adulterating the plant with substances like PCP or “meth” to increase potency and profitability for the dealer; the distribution of cannabis to minors and the distribution of the plant at or around schools, school zones, and playgrounds; and, lastly, preventing medicinal users their indelible rights to medicine.

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More freedom would enable better education

Look around. The free market clearly does the best job of most efficiently providing thousands of goods and services with many variations and choices. It is a completely voluntary system, performing its magic without any force or coercion. Problems are fixed automatically, quickly, and locally. Suppliers who do not provide what customers want at a competitive price must either improve or go out of business. We are shooting ourselves in the foot by not allowing the free market to satisfy education needs.

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Local government bullies: the zoning gestapo

First of all, until I met a “zoning officer,” I didn’t even know what one was. To be frank, despite the fact that I am Dave, I am still unaware if I met one. Thus my personal story begins. It was 8:00 in the morning and I had just returned home from my third-ish shift job. I heard a knock at the door. Confused, I answered the door. I wouldn’t typically answer the door, as it is my parent’s house and it would be a rarity for anyone to come there for me, but, alas, I answered anyway. I opened the door to a short-haired (nearly bald) man with a blank T-shirt and jeans who immediately started barking in my face. He didn’t actually bark, to be honest, but he might as well have.

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