Small business a victim of hyper gentrification

Small business a victim of hyper gentrification

Governing – In New York City, and especially in Manhattan, 2015 may be remembered as the year the neighborhood store suffered a mass extinction. Small retail businesses have been closing their doors in New York this year at a rate that longtime students of the city’s commercial life say has no precedent in their memory. […]

What it’s like to give a standardized test to kindergartners

What it’s like to give a standardized test to kindergartners

Phyliss Doerr – As a kindergarten teacher, I find the trend to bring more testing into kindergarten not only alarming, but counter-productive and even harmful… In order to paint a realistic picture of the stress, damaging effects and colossal waste of time caused by testing in kindergarten, allow me to bring you to my classroom […]

Local newspaper stumbles reporting Tucson crime stats

Local newspaper stumbles reporting Tucson crime stats

Last week, we reported a story about the 2014 FBI crime statistics will be coming out but Tucson wasn’t included in the published report. What the newspaper reported raised the ire of Christine Bauserman, the founder of the Sonoran Alliance and other conservative groups. She posted at Facebook her take on what the local newspaper […]

Lew Rockwell calls for grassroots campaign to draft Ron Paul for House Speaker

Lew Rockwell calls for grassroots campaign to draft Ron Paul for House Speaker

Ludwig von Mises Institute founder Lew Rockwell published a blog post on Saturday calling for a grassroots campaign to pressure the U.S. House of Representatives to elect former Congressman and libertarian icon Ron Paul to the position of House speaker. According to Rockwell, Ron Paul Peace and Prosperity Institute executive director Daniel McAdams, who also served as Dr. […]

Regulated out of existence

Regulated out of existence

It’s something reported on many times in the past – government agencies trying to regulate Off-Grid living out of existence. Throughout the country, local zoning officials have made it impossible for people to go off the grid, in many cases even threatening them with jail time for not hooking into local utilities. Because of zoning […]

College and offense-screening: a message from the White House

College and offense-screening: a message from the White House

In light of President Obama’s (quite admirable) recent comments on college as a place for the open exchange of ideas, could his administration call off its rules pressuring colleges to adopt unconstitutional speech codes? [Hans Bader, Glenn Reynolds, USA Today] “University of California considering recognizing a ‘right’ to be ‘free from … expressions of intolerance’” […]

What’s with the Clinton campaign?

What’s with the Clinton campaign?

Sam Smith – Since covering my first Washington story over 55 years ago, I have never seen a leading candidate for president of either party running a campaign as lackluster in action and response as that of Hillary Clinton’s so far. Part of this is clearly the media’s fault: Google lists 30 times as many […]

Majority of Americans think Congress is corrupt, out of touch

Majority of Americans think Congress is corrupt, out of touch

Members of Congress are increasingly losing the trust of many Americans, as a majority view representatives as out of touch, focused on the needs of special interests, and corrupt. Gallup’s annual governance poll, conducted from Sept. 9 to 13, found that 79 percent of Americans think members of Congress are “out of touch with average […]

The U.S. shouldn’t try to copycat its way to educational success

The U.S. shouldn’t try to copycat its way to educational success

It is common to hear how the United States lags behind so many other countries when it comes to standardized testing results. The response has been to put more effort into improving testing scores in an effort to match South Korea or Singapore. Unfortunately, trying to measure up to the best test-takers does not necessarily […]

A Sanders/Paul debate ahead of the primaries would certainly shake things up

A Sanders/Paul debate ahead of the primaries would certainly shake things up

  Alternative news outlet Truth in Media is circulating a petition to organize a town hall-style debate between Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and GOP hopeful Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. The idea to put two of the 2016 presidential campaign’s more contrarian options on the stage together before their electoral fate […]

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