silenceIt isn't often that parents have occasion to protest an outbreak of silence by their school-age children, but the "Day of Silence" observed by students in schools across the nation on Friday, April 16, sparked  a reaction from some pro-family groups that urged parents to keep their children out of school to avoid the event, organized each year by the  Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

There's an old saying: If you don't have to pay someone to be good, then he's probably good for nothing. Harvard economist Roland Fryer, Jr. is testing the reliability of this old saw using schoolchildren as test subjects.

Dave HeinemanNebraska Governor Dave Heineman put his signature to an historic bill April 13 banning abortions of pre-born babies beyond 20 weeks from conception. The enactment of the legislation makes Nebraska the first state with a law directly challenging the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

Battle of PeleliuStuds Terkel called World War II the “good war.” If any war could be called good, then the Second World War is at least a candidate. However, it should be remembered that until the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, 70-80 percent or more of Americans in poll after poll said they wanted nothing to do with the war that was raging in the Far East or with the one that had erupted in Europe — and for good reason. By the 1930s it seemed that the death of tens of thousands of American boys during the Great War had been for naught. We were determined not to become entangled in yet another war overseas serving the interests of other nations.

Welfare, a.k.a. Social SecurityItem: The New York Times for March 22 reported: “Now that landmark legislation overhauling the health insurance system is about to become law, addressing Social Security’s solvency could well become the next big thing for President Obama and Congressional Democrats.” Social Security, said Jackie Calmes of the Times, “now stands as the likeliest source of the large savings needed to bring projected annual deficits to sustainable levels, many budget analysts agree.”

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