View from the Hill
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 18:31Of all the nations in the world, what do the United States and the Russian Federation have in common? Other than both countries being major nuclear powers and ethnic groups in both countries sharing ancestral ties, they have little in common.
One similarity, however, is their average test scores for math and science literacy among 15-year-olds.
According to the latest available data from the National Center for Education Statistics taken from a study conducted by the Organization for...
Tuesday, 23 March 2010 18:41We live in a world of stark contradictions. In politics, conservatives rally around a pro-life agenda. They are dedicated to protecting the unborn, the weakest of the human species and unable to defend themselves from the destructive behavior of their own mothers.
The pro-life position is a noble, outspoken cause against the law of the land that gives the mother the right to choose an abortion for any reason. More than 40 million lives have been snuffed out since the “Roe vs. Wade” ruling by the Supreme Court.
Yet, because conservatives focus on this fundamental issue and not the sanctity of all human life, they oppose any health-care reform that includes language to protect the lives of millions of Americans, already born.
Tuesday, 23 February 2010 19:52In the classic musical, “Music Man,” con man Harold Hill tells naive townsfolk: “There’s trouble in River city!” Today, experienced observers, tea party supporters and even well respected, veteran politicians are saying, “There’s trouble in Washington, D.C..”
The level of trust in our federal government continues to decline. Democrats discover they have squandered their momentum following President Barak Obama’s election only 16 months ago.
A Democratic super majority no longer exists in the Senate, thanks to the anger of independent voters over the painfully slow economic recovery from a deep recession, and increasing distrust over Congress’ handling of the financial bailout of Wall Street investment bankers that...
Tuesday, 26 January 2010 19:47The tiny nation of Haiti and its people are suffering unimaginable hardships resulting from the earthquake and numerous aftershocks. In the most literal sense, Haiti has been brought to its knees.
I cannot imagine what it would be like to have experienced the destruction firsthand. Nearly all of the buildings have been severely damaged or destroyed. The infrastructure that provides vital services such as electricity, water and sewage disposal are gone. Access to food and shelter, even now, at best is in short supply. Local hospitals cannot respond to any medical emergency. Their buildings are in ruins and the staff are either wounded, dying or trapped in flattened structures.
Law and order is nonexistent in the earthquake’s aftermath...
Tuesday, 22 December 2009 19:42What’s the best way to approach a stranger and how do you greet him or her? As you walk toward the stranger, are you worried that you may be robbed, abused or worse?
This is the final week of the Christmas season. At first glance, these questions seem to be a bit out of place when discussing the meaning of Christmas. Then again, as I focus on the story of the Nativity and on the baby in the manger as if I had seen him for the first time, the logic is clear.
If I were the Son of God, and I were preparing to come to earth, in my flawed, human way of thinking, I would have seriously questioned the logic of this plan to introduce the Savior of the world to all of mankind.
Think about it. A baby born to a poor Jewish couple—a virgin...
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