Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Some of the confusion in thinking about matters of race stems from the ambiguity in the terms that we use. I am going to take a stab at suggesting operational definitions for a couple terms in our discussion of race. Good analytical thinking requires that we do not confuse one behavioral phenomenon with another.

While modern conservatism in America brings together a number of discrete groups, interests, and priorities, one of its unifying themes is maximizing freedom — by which conservatives mean maximizing the right of individuals, families, and private associations to make their own decisions rather than having them overruled by government coercion.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

When the Associated Press and other news organizations asked North Carolina voters for their perspectives on the just-concluded 2020 elections, there was no shortage of disagreement.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Sunday, November 22, 2020

Remember the debate over the meaning of the phrase “defund the police”? Repeated over and over on the progressive left, it seemed pretty clear — it meant that cities should no longer fund, and thus effectively abolish, their police forces. But some Democrats worried that embracing such a radical proposal might hurt them politically, so they suggested that it actually meant re-directing some, but not all, funds from police to things like mental health treatment and affordable housing. Nothing too radical.

Jodi Doering, an emergency room nurse in South Dakota, tweeted this description of COVID-19 patients she’s been treating: “The ones that stick out are those who still don’t believe the virus is real. The ones who scream at you for a magic medicine, and that Joe Biden is going to ruin the USA. All while gasping for breath ... They tell you there must be another reason they are sick. Yes. This really happens.”

Friday, November 20, 2020

I love the thanksgiving service when the congregation sings “Come Ye Thankful People Come,” and “We Gather Together to Ask the Lord’s Blessing.” Usually, the congregation presents canned goods and items for those in need. This year will be different.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

You present to a physician with severe abdominal pain. He examines you and concludes that your ingrown toenails are the cause of your abdominal distress. He prescribes that you soak your feet in warm water but that does not bring relief to your abdominal pain. Then he suggests that you apply antibiotics to your feet. Still no relief. Then the physician suggests that you wear sandals instead of shoes. Still no relief. The point of this story is that your toenails can be treated until the cows come home, but if there is improper diagnosis, then you are still going to have your abdominal pain.

Displaying the same staggering incompetence that has led to hundreds of thousands of deaths during the COVID-19 epidemic, Trump made two big tactical errors in his failed effort to keep the White House: First, he telegraphed his scheme to overturn the election, and then he waited too long to make his big move.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

In 2020, North Carolina Republicans and Democrats took their respective cases to the public. Each party asked voters to put them fully in charge of North Carolina government.

Sunday, November 15, 2020
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We teach children the names of many parts of their body, so why are the proper names for private body parts off limits? Throughout a child’s development, parents and guardians teach their children proper anatomical terms like “leg” or “hand.” However, research from Maureen Kenny from Florida International University and Sandy Wurtele from the University of Colorado shows that while preschoolers know the correct terms for their non-genital body parts, few know the proper terms for their genitals. In this piece, I will share an argument in favor of the value in teaching our children the anatomic names for their genitals in addition to the rest of their body.

In its effort to challenge vote counts in key states, the Trump campaign has filed lots of lawsuits that have little chance of winning. But there is one suit that it should win — not only for the Trump campaign or the 2020 election, but for all elections in the future. It’s the court fight over Pennsylvania’s election rules, and it involves a fundamental issue that is important to all 50 states.

Friday, November 13, 2020
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Let’s settle once and for all if there is bias in the media? YES! Politicians have historically complained about it. John Adams even locked up editors who wrote stories he didn’t like. But is it worse today than 30 or 40 years ago? Yes, again for a number of reasons.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

The academic achievement gap between black and white students has proven resistant to most educational policy changes. Some say that educational expenditures explain the gap, but is that true? Look at educational per pupil expenditures: Baltimore city ranks fifth in the U.S. for per pupil spending at $15,793. The Detroit Public Schools Community District spends more per student than all but eight of the nation’s 100 largest school districts, or $14,259. New York City spends $26,588 per pupil, and Washington, D.C., spends $21,974. There appears to be little relationship between educational expenditures and academic achievement.