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The Pros and Cons: Funding Public Education Pt.1

K-12 Education Is Failing Our Children…And Our Taxpayers

a conservative look by Robert Malt

Robert Malt

The first public schools in America were started in the New England colonies, and modeled after English grammar schools.  The idea was to educate young boys to read, write, and integrate into a more complex and increasingly prosperous society that required these basic skills.  Today, public schools are available for free to every child.  K-12 schools are funded by a combination of local, state and federal taxes, and are heavily regulated by a variety of laws at all levels of government. Continue reading

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The Pros and Cons: Funding Public Education Pt. 2

Amy Meier

Investing in the Future – a progressive take by Amy Meier

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” – Thomas Jefferson.

Public education is essential to maintain an informed electorate that can fully participate in a democratic government. An ignorant electorate cannot choose an appropriate government, and a corrupt government can easily sway an ignorant electorate. Education is the cornerstone of having an informed public; public education provides the basics our young people need to have a healthy, happy, productive life. This is borne out by the fact that high school drop outs earn less over their lifetime (which means collecting less taxes), are more likely to commit crimes, are more likely to be unhealthy, and are more likely to need public assistance. Continue reading

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Life Begins When?

Abortion is such a polarizing issue and hard to talk about with those that disagree. Leave it to the funny people with John Stewart to add some levity while making a point. At issue is the recent bill in the Oklahoma state senate that passed declaring that life begins at conception. The implications of this bill obviously would relate to abortion and birth control laws. Most women don’t know the moment that they become pregnant, so this bill covers something happening inside of women’s bodies that a woman is likely still unaware of. Several female state lawmakers have proposed bills in response to this far reaching legislation and the imposition it means for women. In Oklahoma a bill was put forth that got some men a little miffed.

Check out the video: Bro-Choice.

Go ahead, I’ll wait (the video is not compatible with this format, so I couldn’t provide it here, but it’s really funny so take a few minutes to watch).

It is funny hearing a Republican representative making the argument for men that is made for women when talking about personal liberty and privacy. The “investigative” comedian is hilarious and gives us a chance to laugh at ourselves.

Truly the jesters are the only ones who can tell the truth, point out the obvious, and mock the stalwarts and get away with it.  One unspoken value of America is our comedy. We’ve got all varieties and a whole lot of it isn’t funny, but it takes all kinds. Laughing together, at ourselves is one link to our shared humanity. Thanks to the Daily Show, the Colbert Report, SNL, and lots of others for bringing us together for a giggle. Long live the jesters!

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Nuclear Resistance – It’s da Bomb!

If you don’t take over your country now, the earth is doomed.” So says Helen Caldicott, Nobel prize nominee and long time nuclear crisis educator. She is the world’s most informed (and vocal) person on how radiation effects the human body. Thirty eight years after quitting the private sector, Dr. Caldicott is still traveling the globe trying to get the message out: radiation kills. Slowly for some, quicker for others, but radiation will build up in this planet and never go away (for human practical purposes). It is killing us now and will only concentrate more and more in our children and grandchildren. Radiation gets on the ground, into the water, and into the air, it is sucked into plants, eaten by animals and is concentrated more and more as it makes its way up the food chain – to land in human bellies. Radiation may incubate for years before causing a cancer so it is hard to trace it to a direct cause, but it only takes one one millionth of a gram of plutonium to create cancer.

Because we don’t know how to handle radiation in a safe manner, nuclear power and weapons must stop being created and the issue of waste must be focused on.

Helen says that if she could get a half an hour with Obama, she thinks she could convince him to turn away from nuclear power and perhaps begin disarmament. She wants the face time, but says that she alone can’t do it, she needs the American people to wake up and pressure the powers that be. Basically her message was the same that Obama had for the country before he took office – we cannot wait for a Savior if we want to change the way things are. Continue reading

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Progressive Christians

Quiet, elusive, pensive, insular, the progressive Christian‘s habitat is the same as all other of its species. They live in and around conservative Christians as well as Atheists and subscribers to other religions. They camouflage well in any sort of setting, one of their traits is entertaining and discussing other points of view, making their own beliefs difficult to observe. Some think that since a definite and unified belief system is hard to pin down between progressive Christians, there must not be a belief system intact. Here on Good Friday, I am going to tell you about some of those beliefs because progressive Christians’ beliefs are as genuine and legitimate as anyone else’s belief system.

A progressive Christian is someone who is inspired spiritually and morally by Jesus.That is probably the closest you can get to a unifying belief system, from that point on, you cannot talk about beliefs in the plural tense. Since I am familiar with many progressive Christians, I can give some examples of their beliefs. Continue reading

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