Category Archive: Opinion

Jul 19

Worth more: One man or an entire city?

A population of 100,000 is substantial. Five states don’t even have one metropolis that large. Some cities that size, like Fargo, North Dakota, are their state’s biggest. Others, like Lansing, Michigan, are state capitals. About 100,000 people live in Rochester, Minnesota, home of the Mayo Clinic. The same goes for Burbank, California and Springfield, Ohio. …

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Jul 12

Safeguarding free speech in the Digital Age

Representative Spencer Bachus stands out among conservatives. Representing Alabama’s 6th district, he’s built his political reputation as a supporter of fiscal responsibility, limited government and constitutional rights — with special attention to the First and Fourth Amendments. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise to hear this southern Republican speak in favor of net neutrality, …

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Jul 04

Remembering the price of freedom on independence day

As we do every year, Texans across the state will gather this Fourth of July at barbecues, parades and picnics to enjoy time with family and friends, watch fireworks, and celebrate the anniversary of the birth of our nation. Independence Day is an annual reminder that we are fortunate to enjoy the greatest freedoms in …

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Jun 28

The human cost of failed border policies

The first thing I saw was a boy crying. Terrified and sobbing against the window of the holding cell, he couldn’t have been more than 12 or 13. The room was full of other young boys, their curious eyes peering out at us as we walked by. These were the ones who made the trip …

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Jun 21

What democrats can learn from Cantor’s loss

David Brat, the man who unexpectedly defeated Eric Cantor in a recent Republican primary, is an ideologue. That should be a source of encouragement for candidates on the populist left — but not for the reasons you might think. Brat is a professor whose college chair is endowed with libertarian money and ran a campaign …

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Jun 14

Free to eat whatever you want

My neighbor just left to spend the entire summer in Europe. He’s the guy with a highly restrictive diet I recently wrote about, with countless food intolerances that his “nutritionist” detected using dubious testing methods. I haven’t had the heart to tell him she’s a total quack. I think on some level, he wanted to …

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Jun 07

Putting main street in the driver’s seat

As we know, the barons of Wall Street haven’t hesitated to raid our public treasury and haul off trillions of dollars worth of government bailouts and special tax breaks to subsidize their “free market” ventures. So guess who’s the major force pushing policymakers to slash federal spending and kill programs that improve opportunities for regular …

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May 28

Intolerance and the rise of fascism

Tolerance of differing views and opinions is the foundation of a free society.  Throughout history, elimination of opposition through the suppression of free speech has been one of the first steps taken by fascists determined to seize power in order to control a society. People who tolerate intolerance empower these fascists.  If you remain silent …

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