Obituary: Freedom of Choice
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Sep 15, 2014 - 11:31am
Obituary: Freedom of Choice

Over the weekend, I found out that our local school district has outlawed the use of cookies, cupcakes and cake in celebrating birthdays for our elementary school students or for the use of fundraising, such as bake sales and "cake walks".  Once again, we are being told what to do, and our abilities to choose are being trampled on. This started with Michelle Obama's "healthy" school lunch initiative back in 2010, and now the snacks are fruit cups and celery or carrots.  Some suggestions I've seen include giving pencils, "origami frogs" and more recess time in lieu of cupcakes or cookies.  Happy birthday, young lady or man; here's a pencil.It's one thing to make alternative suggestions.  It's another to tie these suggestions to federal and state funding.  Sure, go ahead and let your mom…

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It's Time for the Grownups to Take Charge of Washi…

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Sep 18, 2014 - 12:54pm
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ISIS, Using Confiscated U.S. Weaponry, Terrorizes…

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Sep 17, 2014 - 7:02pm
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icrap (c) Apple, or how can one learn to hate frui…

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Sep 17, 2014 - 2:00pm
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Fairness in the Tax Code

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Sep 15, 2014 - 7:28pm
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We the People-Maybe Not!

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Sep 16, 2014 - 6:44pm
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Why the rich make for better politicians

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Sep 15, 2014 - 9:39am
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Is a College Degree really worth what it costs the…

Don't get me wrong I have two degrees and know I've gotten better jobs as a result, but I come from another generation than kids today, and got them at a time when most people who had the brains and drive to get a degree, could easily afford to do so.  Today things are different, de…

Sep 12, 2014 - 9:59pm
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Terrorism: Our Skillful but Unwitting Creation

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New York Times visits Youngstown, discovers huge a…

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Sep 13, 2014 - 7:56am
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Jul 5, 2014 - 10:16pm
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Ted Cruz another Israeli Mouthpiece

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Sep 16, 2014 - 8:05am
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No Winners - No Losers - The Vote on Scotland

Which ever way it goes there will be winners and losers from both sides. However, what ever the outcome things will change and this will effect everyone old and young. Welfare, education and health will be affected and have the biggest impact on Scotland and its people both in the sort term and long…

Sep 17, 2014 - 12:29pm
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ONE: It's not your Fault TWO: What you can do Diff…

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New World Order - Old World Funeral ?

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Domestic Violence Outrage

Over the past couple of days I have listened to the coverage of the Ray Rice controversy and the outrage about domestic violence. Many of the pundits and talking heads state unequivocally that there should be a national discussion about the subject to which I agree. However, I think that the convers…

Sep 11, 2014 - 10:12pm
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Who's Planet is it Anyway?

A wise man once said, "Only believe half of what you see and none of what you hear." Considering the state of social media and 24 hour news networks with a constant roll of breaking news. Inaccurate coverage marred with misinformation in an effort to be the first to report and garner the…

Sep 12, 2014 - 3:19pm
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Neon Me

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Human beings needed ASAP! Great customer service w…

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Sep 16, 2014 - 12:44pm
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Higher Education...the

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Sep 12, 2014 - 11:21am
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The Writer and The Mechanic ~ A Short Story

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Sep 12, 2014 - 12:02pm
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Sep 14, 2014 - 1:44pm
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