How is it those listed on the U.S. government’s terrorist watch list can’t board commercial airliners, but they can legally buy guns?
When Paul Ryan became House Speaker a few weeks ago, he made it clear that he has no intention of spending too much time in Washington. His wife and children are in Wisconsin, he pointed out, and he plans to commute, as he’s done since he got elected to Congress. “I just work here,” he told CNN, “I don’t live here.”
For 51 years, I have been a student, scholar, teacher and researcher dealing with the Middle East. With about 90 percent of my colleagues in Middle East studies, I tried in vain to urge our government not to invade Iraq and watched helplessly as our worst-case scenarios became harsh realities.
I am writing to offer my perspective as a volunteer of several years at Helpline, one of the social service agencies in our community. I would ask the reader to consider the following questions and their possible answers/solutions.
The year that is drawing towards its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.
In recent years, I have become very aware of how commercialized most holidays have become. Easter is filled with chocolate bunnies and little plastic eggs. Christmas has become a battle between Nativity scenes and gifts, shopping, and Santa Claus. Thanksgiving has produced two of the greatest shopping days of the year — Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Asked how he would finance his vast expansion in government expenditures, Sen. Bernard Sanders responded by saying he would tax Wall Street speculators.
There’s a lot of talk about race in the news.
As all Americans know, the Redcoats lost the Revolutionary War because the English were trapped in an old way of thinking. They did not adapt to the times. A similar thing is happening with regard to the war on terrorists, especially after the heinous attacks on Paris.
It’s now time for the state Legislature to get serious about fixing the constitutional flaws in the voter-approved initiative that allows state-funded charter schools.
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