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Milking Public Education

The building stood facing me, the windows staring ahead like hundreds of scrutinizing eyes. It was larger than I thought it would be.

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Nationalism, Not NATO, Is Our Great Ally

With Vladimir Putin having bloodlessly annexed Crimea and hinting that his army might cross the border to protect the Russians of East Ukraine, Washington is abuzz with talk of dispatching U.S. troops to Eastern Europe.But unless we have lost our minds, we are not going to fight Russia over territory no president ever regarded as vital to us.Indeed, should Putin annex Eastern and Southern Ukraine all the way to Odessa, he would simply be restoring to Russian rule what ha...

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Government-Forced Retirement at 57?

These words of Thomas Jefferson’s are etched under the dome of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington: “I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” Imagine if Jefferson had finished that thought with these words: “Unless, of course, you’re 57 years old and a U.S. federal law enforcement officer.”In the beginning of our republic, our Founding Fathers fought for freedom from governing tyra...

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Do Something

American culture is in trouble. It is impossible to watch television for long without concluding that we are all living in one big reality TV show that is defining deviancy one embarrassing episode at a time. Unfortunately, the church isn’t doing much to fight against the cultural current. By trying to be “relevant” the church is simply getting pulled into the undertow. Consequently, most churches are slowly drowning in the shallow water of our declining culture.S...

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Is the War on Drugs worth fighting?

Last week, state health officials reported that a record number of Ohioans died from heroin overdoses in 2012, the latest year with complete statewide statistics, and that fatal drug overdoses of all kinds hit a record of 1,272, up from 1,154 the year before.A few years ago, Ohio was plagued by “pill mills,” legal clinics predominantly in southern Ohio where unscrupulous doctors made a fortune basically handing out oxycodone to anyone who lined up complaining about any ...

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‘Close Observers of History’ Hate Ollie North

For its second season, the creators of the FX series “The Americans” have chosen a new source for insight into the Cold War during the Reagan years — one Lt. Col. Oliver North.It’s a dramatic reversal from the first season, and it has infuriated some hard leftists. The show began with the shocking promise from creator Joel Weisberg that the series’ heroes would be KGB agents: “We’re making them the sympathetic characters. I’d go so fa...

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And They Call It … Success!

There are times when the master politician has to be a master illusionist. And there are too many times when he doesn’t fool anybody, perhaps not even himself, and some little Toto reveals the Great and Powerful Oz as just another little man behind the curtain. And the illusion can no longer fool even the long illusioned. Despite a beautiful stage setting like the Rose Garden at the White House, the perfect if artificial lighting, and the usual supporting cast of intellectual munchkins ...

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We Are A Nation Of Narcissists

People have been saying the country is “going to hell in a handbasket” for decades. It’s sort of a rite of passage for every current generation to look at the next one and think it will screw up things so badly everything will be ruined. But the handbasket this current generation is creating may well be the one that sinks us.Every generation is the product of the previous one – its culture, morals, priorities, everything. In the 20th century, that meant pass...

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Helping the Democrats Avoid the Victims

For a moment, imagine yourself back in 2006, at the height of liberal aggression about the “imperial hubris” of George W. Bush in the war on terror. The left’s contempt for this man was rampant. Liberals savaged him for turning the world against this country. Keith Olbermann announced “the beginning of the end of America.”Now imagine, in that milieu, if during the Bush administration, we’d witnessed a mass shooting by an Islamist at Fort Hood. Or...

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Earth Daze

“The heavens reek, the waters below are foul … we are in a crisis of survival.” That’s how Walter Cronkite and CBS hyped the first Earth Day, back in 1970. Somehow we’ve survived since then, and most of life got better, although I never hear that from the worrywarts.Of course, some things got better because of government: We passed environmental rules that got most of the filth out of the air and sewage out of lakes and rivers. Great — but now we...

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Milking Public Education

The building stood facing me, the windows staring ahead like hundreds of scrutinizing eyes. It was larger than I thought it would be.I looked around as I dug my hands into my pockets, struggling to retain heat. Across the street was a public housing development that appeared to be shut down: broken doors, smashed windows, an overall sense of abandonment. To the left was a park, buried under feet of snow.Looking the other direction, I could see Chicago’s skyline, be...

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Statistical Frauds

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...

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3 Myths About Thomas Jefferson

This week holds some critical dates. April 15 haunts most Americans as a tax deadline. April 18 and 20 this year commemorate the pinnacle in Holy Week — Good Friday and Easter. But April 13 still stands as an important day that eludes most Americans. It’s the birthday of Thomas Jefferson.We patriots love to quote the Founding Fathers, especially when they support our theses. And Jefferson remains at the top of the heap. But there are three beliefs or practices often att...

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Repeal and replace Obamacare

The announced departure of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius marks the end of a chapter of American history. Sibelius, aside from President Obama, has been the most prominent public face on the signature initiative of the Obama administration – the Affordable Health Care Act.The question before Americans today is whether we are concluding the first chapter of a dream come true or whether this may be the beginning of the end of a nightmare.I’m hoping Americans w...

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A Gasoline Leak Into the Basement

On August 28, 2009, after a heavy rainfall, the smell of gasoline arose in the basement of the home shared by Alessandra Riscatti, Elisabetta Riscatti, and Laszlo Beres. Worse yet, later that day, flames erupted from the sewer and spread through the house. Alessandra and Laszlo battled the fire while waiting for the Parma Fire Department. By the time they escaped their home, eac...

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Protecting your future: stopping credit report errors

Your credit report has an enormous impact on your financial future. Banks, credit card companies, and employers all reference credit reports when they decide whether to make a loan to a potential customer or offer a job to a prospective employee. That is why it’s critical that credit reporting agencies maintain and provide accurate credit information about consumers.

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Celebrating a century of Lifelong Learning for Families, Consumers

  Celebrating a 100th anniversary is often an excuse to look back. But for the people behind Ohio State University Extension’s Family and Consumer Sciences programs, it’s a reason to look forward. On May 8, 1914, the U.S. Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act establishing the nation’s Cooperative Extension Service, a uni...

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