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The Bully Takes Over the Pulpit

January 20, 2017
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The Bully Takes Over the Pulpit

ESSAY

The American presidency is the “bully pulpit.” Today, a bully takes over the pulpit.

The schoolyard is not a place where a panel of experts ponders what is true and what is false. It is about who wins the …

Getting Ready for Friday

January 19, 2017
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Getting Ready for Friday

ESSAY

Donald Trump is about to become president. Do not expect him to change his behavior. It works for him and the mobs that cheer him on.

Above all, he needs the adoration of the crowd. He gets it by …

Watching Trump on the Road Ahead

November 15, 2016
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Watching Trump on the Road Ahead

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The experts were wrong about Donald Trump. Most said he would not win. They said the way he talked about women and minorities was offensive. Many said he was done as a candidate.

He is now the President-elect of the …

The American Election: To Our Readers

November 10, 2016
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The American Election: To Our Readers

Donald Trump’s election is a shock. We do not know what it means for the future.

For example, the president nominates the Justices of the Supreme Court. The Senate confirms the choice, or does not. The next Senate will be …

Editorial: The Choice

November 7, 2016
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Editorial: The Choice

Do we go forward or backward?

Does it matter who the president is? There is a good chance your life will not change. At least not right away. You will still get up in the morning and go...

Essay: Trump’s Big Mistake

October 21, 2016
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Essay: Trump’s Big Mistake

It was the 2000 election for president. Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush were on the ballot. The election results were very close. It came down to results from the state of Florida. The results were too close …

Essay: Tolerant Societies are Hard to Maintain

September 7, 2016
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What does it mean to be tolerant? It means you can accept this idea.   Other people and groups have the right to hold views that are different from yours.

Here are some of the ways this country accepted different views:…

In Many States You Can Carry a Gun to Kill Someone

July 19, 2016
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In Many States You Can Carry a Gun to Kill Someone

Essay

It is legal to carry a gun in Dallas, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is legal to carry a gun even if you are going to use it to kill someone. The police cannot stop you unless you

Essay: Minorities in America

April 11, 2016
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Essay: Minorities in America

Minorities in America are, for the most part, black, Hispanic, and Asian. Most of the blacks were born in America. Their roots are African, but they have been in this country for generations. Most of the Hispanics come from Mexico …

What is Happening in America?

February 22, 2016
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What is Happening in America?

News Analysis

Donald Trump won the South Carolina Republican Primary. Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio tied for second place in the race. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush has now dropped out of the race.

Trump, Cruz and Rubio are …

In Brief

Selling Kids on Vegetables

How to get kids to eat vegetables? Marketing is the answer. You can call it tricks or just good ideas. Whatever works.

School lunchrooms are...

What Do You Call Yourself if Your Mother is White and Your Father is Black?

On the 2010 Census, President Barack Obama, identified himself as  “black.” But millions of Americans consider themselves “bi- or multi-racial.”  And their numbers are...

Mending Walls, By Robert Frost

Robert Frost (1874 – 1963) was a great American poet. Just before he died, he read his poetry at the inauguration of President John...

Pineapple on Pizza? The Global Debate

The President of Iceland started it. Last week he joked that pizza topped with pineapple should be outlawed. His remarks set off a debate...

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