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Tag: Culture and Society
Lessons in Helping the Homeless

“In March 2018 I wrote an article in this newsletter outlining why I thought Sacramento County was in need of a work program for people who are homeless,” writes Sacramento County Supervisor Sue Frost in her April newsletter. Frost set out to identify 40 homeless people who were both willing to work and stay…
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University of Arizona Students Say Finishing Courses Online Is “Expecting Too Much”

An online petition demanding that the University of Arizona end spring classes has garnered more than 8,800 signatures from students. The university had already announced a delayed start of spring classes and moved as many as possible online out of concern for students’ health. However, the UA online petition objected, “This is not an effective solution in this…
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Does the Coronavirus Favor the Left or the Right?

The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is caught up in the ideological and cultural wars of our time. Perhaps it is not entirely frivolous to ask whether the effects and consequences of this virus disproportionately help the left or the right. One obvious aspect plays to the interests of the right: the outbreak has…
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California Goes Easy on Corrupt Highway Patrol Chief

As we noted, Sheldon Kyle Scarber, a former California Highway Patrol assistant chief in the Fresno area, recently petitioned the California Public Employees Retirement System to augment his annual pension of $125,000. The agency has now upheld a slight reduction in Sarber’s pension but granted his appeal “in part,” a decision of great interest…
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FDA Acknowledges Coronavirus Is Causing More Drug Shortages

The first outbreak of the coronavirus occurred in China nearly two months ago. The disease quickly spread through the country. As of March 5th, the coronavirus is responsible for over 80,000 confirmed cases and nearly 3,400 deaths across China. Globally over 98,000 people are infected, resulting in nearly 4,000 deaths. At this time, the…
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Presidential Candidates Miss Teachable Moment on Cuba’s Human Rights Abuses

Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders has been touting the Communist regime of Fidel Castro. This presents an opportunity for candidates to enlighten Millennials and such about grim Cuban realities. So far, Democrats are missing out, and the one most at fault may be former South Bend, Ind., mayor, and now former presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg,…
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Who Should Regulate Tobacco Products? Less Is More!

Over the past year, the Food and Drug Administration undertook a “historic crackdown” of the e-cigarette industry. Recent bans on selected e-cigarette flavors are certainly a step in this direction. With promises for “aggressive action” by FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, more heavy-handed regulations are likely to follow. The FDA certainly has increased its regulatory…
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What To Read About Socialism: A Critical Bibliography

A college-level bibliography on socialism is a vital necessity. I have worked with campus classical-liberal, conservative and libertarian groups for decades, most recently serving as the faculty advisor for Stanford College Republicans. This reading list for college students is highly relevant in light of the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, the turmoil in…
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Harriet Breathes Life into Call for Liberty

One of the most overlooked movies of 2019 may have been Harriet, the historical drama about American fugitive slave Harriet Tubman. The movie breathes long overdue life into Tubman’s heroic efforts to rescue her family and others from slavery. Indeed, she may be one of the most underappreciated heroines of American liberty.

Politicians Still Misunderstand High Insulin Prices

In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control ranked diabetes seventh among the leading causes of death in the United States. If current trends continue, skyrocketing death rates and other serious consequences of poorly managed diabetes will continue. Managing diabetes is challenging, often requiring strict dieting, regular exercise, and taking a variety of medications. For…
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