Friday, February 12, 2016


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The race up to the presidential election in November clearly was dominated by important debates over taxes, job creation, and the vanishing middle class. The middle class may be an endangered species, but it's not for the reasons many politicians would have you believe.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Unmanned aircraft like the drone have dramatically changed the art of surveillance and warfare as we know it. The Predator has been flying reconnaissance missions for years, circling over areas of interest and helping our military watch suspected insurgents in countries like Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Nothing is straining the family budget more today than the cost of a college education.

According to Sallie Mae, student loan debt tops $1 trillion nationally and the price of going to college has risen 440 percent in the last 25 years.

The National Center for Education Statistics reports that the national average tuition for a four-year private university is nearly $33,000. As the average tuition at public four-year college soared by 18 percent between 2006 and 2011, the median inflation-adjusted household income dropped 7 percent during that time.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day was taken over long ago by cards and flowers, candy and dinners accompanied by gifts. It is now a cash cow holiday for merchandisers. In addition, for many, it has become a day to honor women and girls in a fresh way. V-Day, introduced to the world by Eve Ensler in 1998, demands an end to violence against women and girls.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

For anyone struggling to overcome an addiction, acknowledging the problem is the first step toward recovery.

The federal government has a spending problem that would put it in the addiction category. In order to break free, our elected leaders in Washington, beginning with the president, must admit to it. A problem can't be solved if it isn't acknowledged.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Damned if you do and damned if you don't!

That's the position school officials often put themselves into with school delays and closures.

There were a few times officials closed or delayed schools this year whereby weather predictions didn't pan out to be as severe as expected. As a result, social networking sites were a little tough at times on the choices school officials made.

Frankly, it is better to err on the side of caution, especially when it involves our most precious resources - our children and grandchildren.

Monday, February 11, 2013

As Obama supporters, including the mainstream media, gush over tomorrow night's State of the Union address, Americans choosing not to wear the liberal blinders see the last four years as the economic and foreign policy disasters that they really are.

One African American who hasn't bought into the ObamaCare boondoggle is Dr. Benjamin Carson, a neurosurgeon. Last Thursday, during an address at the National Prayer Breakfast, Carson set the president and his liberal friends straight on the health care disaster which threatens is driving this to economic ruin.

Friday, February 8, 2013

While working a summer job in a parts warehouse during my teen years, a group of the older workers would gather around a radio each day to have their lunch.

There was little chatter, since at mid-day, all ears were tuned to a familiar radio voice that led into the show with, "Hello, Americans. This is Paul Harvey! Stand byyy for Newwws!"

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Remember the good old days when we played cops and robbers? Or cowboys and Indians?

We all wanted to be heroes like Hoss Cartwright on Bonanza or the Lone Ranger. Many of us had toy guns and pretended to shoot each other. It wasn't malice. It wasn't a show of terrorism or homicidal inclination.

And, we grew out of the games without evolving into real-life gun toters.

Today, kids even talking about toy guns in school get suspended.

Proof we've gone too far is a case that happened recently in the Mount Carmel School District.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

For those who haven't seen the video released last week by the Department of Homeland Security, don't expect to be bolled over by any new revelations about protecting yourself in case you're faced with a shooter in the workplace.

Even an infant has the basic instinct not to swallow but spit out something that is too hot and toddlers know enough to find shelter and take cover when the skies darken and they hear thunder. The lessons included in the government's four-minute-long video are that basic.