Columns/Opinions

Thu
23
Feb

A New Direction on Education

By Cal Thomas

 

American public school students fall well behind students around the world in math and science proficiency. This is not debatable. According to the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, both cited in The New York Times in 2012, “Fourth- and eighthgrade students in the United States continue to lag behind students in several East Asian countries and some European nations in math and science, although American fourth-graders are closer to the top performers in reading.”

In California, the number of credentialed math and science teachers is actually declining, reports the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Newly installed Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, believes at least two factors have contributed to these and other problems in American education -- lack of school choice and the failure of top-down policies dictated by Washington.

Thu
23
Feb

VA Cemeteries Earn Top Rankings

By Freddy Groves

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration (NCA) has bested corporations and federal agencies in a survey of customer satisfaction — for the sixth time. Since 1999, the government has used American Customer Satisfaction Index methods to gauge satisfaction with agencies. Here is the most important stat this year: NCA was ranked at 96 points out of a possible 100, the highest score in public and private sectors, and 32 points above the average of 68 for federal agencies. (As a comparison, the IRS received 58 points for individual paper filers and 67 points for small business and self-employed filers. The Weatherization Assistance Program of the Department of Energy netted 67 points.) The National Cemetery Administration was scored on maintenance of the national cemeteries, customer service and respectfulness of the service and interment.

 

Fri
17
Feb

Presidential Legititmacy

By Frank Kuchar

I’ve had it with these Democrat leaders and their minions spouting off that Donald Trump is an illegitimate president. In making such an inaccurate claim they expose their ignorance of the English language, our Constitution and the principles of federalism. In short, they are behaving in a petulant and childish manner, hardly worthy of leadership in our great country.

 

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Fri
17
Feb

How The Church and Government Should Relate

by Pastor Lynn Wilson

In my last article, we looked at the spheres of authority and the ultimate purpose of all authority: to glorify God in each of those spheres. Although there is much to be said about individual, familial and church authority, in today’s column l will focus on the area of governmental authority.

 

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Fri
10
Feb

Americans need help fast, Mr. President

By Glenn Mollette

The new medical insurance premium for my wife and I will be just a few dollars shy of $2,000 per month for 2017. This amounts to $24,000 for the year. Should either of us have a serious illness or medical procedure, our out-of-pocket expenses will be $11,000. Therefore, we could potentially be out $35,000 in medical expenses in one year. I hope we aren’t, but the potential is always there. Of course, that would be better than a $100,000 medical expense or being shoved into bankruptcy because of medical bills. It is easy to rack up several hundred thousand dollars in medical expenses.

 

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Fri
10
Feb

Stop Shaming Trump Supporters

By Michael Lerner

It turns out that shaming the supporters of Donald J. Trump is not a good political strategy. Though job loss and economic stagnation played a role in his victory, so did shame. As the principal investigator on a study of the middle class for the National Institute of Mental Health, I found that working people’s stress is often intensified by shame at their failure to “make it” in what they are taught is a meritocratic American economy.

 

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Thu
26
Jan

Trump – what Americans can do

By Glenn Mollette
 
Donald Trump is our next President of the United States. It’s amazing what Americans can do.
 
America elected him to be our 45th President. The political establishment bashed him. Wall Street opposed him. Most of the prior Republican candidates opposed him. Mitt Romney opposed him. John Kasick, Governor of Ohio made a buffoon of himself by voting for John McCain of Arizona.      
 
Thu
26
Jan

Church and Government

By Pastor Lynn Wilson
 
For many years, even before I became a pastor, it has bothered me that so many sincere Christians have avoided and/or ignored participation in the political arena.
 
In this column, and those to follow, I hope to present a Biblical perspective of government that will encourage all Christians to become active in influencing their corner of the world through more active participation in the government process. This is imperative.   
 
Fri
20
Jan

Political Insanity

By Richard Green
 
It would be something to laugh at, if it were not so serious. Watching the complete melt down of a political party is an eye opening event.
 
It brings great concerns of whether or not these people are competent enough to even be in the process. Most of them do not know anything about what they are protesting, and do not have a clue about the simplest things of the government.
 
Fri
20
Jan

Unleashing the potential

By Greg Allen
 
Of those I spoke to after election night, I found very few who were willing to stay up and watch the final results of the presidential vote. My wife and I felt the election was just too important so we stayed up to the wee morning hours to learn what the final determination was. Donald Trump wasn’t declared the winner until around 3 a.m.
 
Americans turned out in droves to exercise their right to vote.
 

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