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Fayette Visioning in real time — Some questions

Virginia Gibbs's picture

As the Fayette Visioning Initiative process continues to unfold, it has been a fascinating opportunity for me to watch and learn from multiple perspectives: as a steering committee member, a survey participant as well as an observer of the process.

Here’s what’s really interesting to me about this stage of the visioning process: currently, the consultants and the steering committee volunteers are hard at work to transfer the themes which emerged from the extensive data and input collection into a Vision Plan for the future. Read More»

Equality in discipline?

Walter Williams's picture

George Leef, director of research for the North Carolina-based John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, authored a Forbes op-ed article titled “Obama Administration Takes Groupthink To Absurd Lengths.” The subtitle is “School Discipline Rates Must Be ‘Proportionate.’” (http://tinyurl.com/mxnlg9h). Let’s examine some of the absurdity of the Obama administration’s take on student discipline. Read More»

‘Wars’ and statistical frauds

Thomas Sowell's picture

The “war on women” political slogan is in fact a war against common sense.

It is a statistical fraud when Barack Obama and other politicians say that women earn only 77 percent of what men earn — and that this is because of discrimination.

It would certainly be discrimination if women were doing the same work as men, for the same number of hours, with the same amount of training and experience, as well as other things being the same. But study after study, over the past several decades, has shown repeatedly that those things are not the same. Read More»

The politics of Paul the apostle

Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson's picture

In Romans 13:1-7 the apostle Paul writes: “[A ruler] is the minister of God to thee for good” (v. 3); “Wherefore ye must needs be subject ...” (v. 5); “... pay ye tribute [taxes]” (v. 6).

St. Paul seems to be saying that God ordains human governments and that Christians should honor and obey the government under whose jurisdiction they live. Read More»

What would Reagan do?

Pat Buchanan's picture

President Reagan was holding a meeting in the Cabinet Room on March 25, 1985, when Press Secretary Larry Speakes came over to me, as communications director, with a concern.

The White House was about to issue a statement on the killing of Major Arthur Nicholson, a U.S. army officer serving in East Germany. Maj. Nicholson had been shot in cold blood by a Russian soldier.

Speakes thought the president’s statement, “This violence was unjustified,” was weak. I agreed. We interrupted the president, who reread the statement, then said go ahead with it. Read More»

Kathleen Sebelius: Scapegoat

Cal Thomas's picture

Dictionary.com offers two definitions for scapegoat: “1. A person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place; 2. Chiefly biblical. A goat let loose in the wilderness on Yom Kippur after the high priest symbolically laid the sins of the people on its head. Lev. 16:8,10,26.” Read More»

Easter memories and hope

Ronda Rich's picture

It is each of the many Easters of my life that I remember more clearly than any other holiday.

Christmases blur together with only a few standing out in my memory such as the one when it snowed all day, the year I lost my voice completely, and the two times that I wasn’t home – one working in Washington, D.C., and another in London. Read More»

Washing dishes: A memory of 1994

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

They pushed back from the table.
“Would you like us to do the dishes?” one asked, her tone clearly reflecting her enthusiasm.
“Well, you know we usually do them by hand, and I doubt if that’s what you had in mind,” I replied.
“Whatever,” the other shrugged, eyes distant, in that universal teen code that compresses into one gesture the idea that there’s not much she can do about it anyhow, so she might as well bear with this adult and get “whatever” over with. Read More»

The Legion pool

David Epps's picture

When I was a kid, I spent a good part of my summers at the Legion Pool in Kingsport, Tenn. Two or three miles from where I lived, I could get on the city bus that stopped just a few yards from my house and be dropped off at the pool. The pool was large and could accommodate a great many people, although the primary customers were children and youth. Read More»

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