Poll On Defunding Police

Penna Dexter As protesters in cities across America call for abolishing or defunding police, we wonder: who are these people? If black lives truly matter, why defund the protection that helps minority-owned shop owners and businesses to operate in these cities. Charles Blain heads up two non-profits: Urban Reform, which seeks to offer solutions that will revive American cities, and…

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California Greenout

Penna Dexter In crafting environmental policy, lawmakers need only look to the state of California to understand the devastation that results from a rush to “go green.” Last fall 2 million Northern Californians endured weeks of intentional rolling blackouts implemented to reduce the risk that faulty power lines would spark the dry fuel left under and around the lines. This…

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Operation Legend

Penna Dexter Question: Will Americans vote to stop the riots, the looting and the defund-the-police efforts in major cities across the country? The parties certainly understand that citizens, even those who sympathize with the peaceful George Floyd protests, are appalled at the violent turn some of the protests took. Most people abhor the violence, and the destruction of businesses and…

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Kids In Church

Penna Dexter After months of online worship services, many Americans are happy to get back to in-person church. But parents with young children, who would love to return to church, may find that their church is open, but Sunday school isn’t. Churches that offer nursery care often haven’t ramped up classes for kids beyond age 3. Many moms and dads…

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Requiring Political Indoctrination

Penna Dexter The vast California State University system announced last month that anyone receiving a degree from one of its schools must complete coursework in ethnic and social justice studies. These courses, like English and science, are now required for a bachelor’s degree. This requirement simply makes official the political indoctrination of students that’s taken place, and is growing, at…

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Pandemic Pods

Penna Dexter According to The Wall Street Journal, “There are nearly 60 million prekindergarten, elementary, middle and high school students in the U.S., and with online learning a poor substitute for actual time in school, many of their educations risk being diminished.” Many parents are determined not to let that happen. But, in single-parent households and homes where both parents…

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Flexible School Financing

Penna Dexter Families with K-12 children have spent the summer waiting to find out whether their schools will reopen for the fall semester or offer virtual learning at least in the early weeks. School districts are announcing plans with the caveat that ‘things could change’ depending on the COVID-19 environment. Adding to this uncertainty is the burgeoning consensus that virtual…

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Cultural Revolution

Penna Dexter Historian, columnist, and professor Victor Davis Hanson has been speaking and writing lately about the current cultural revolution. He contrasts cultural revolutions with political revolutions, which change governments and leaders. Cultural revolutions, he writes, “try to redefine entire societies” and “attack the very referents of our daily lives.” He points to the movies, TV shows, and cartoons that have been “canceled” due…

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The Princeton Letter

Penna Dexter On Independence Day this year, some faculty members published a letter to the senior administration at Princeton University. Eventually hundreds signed on. But classics professor Joshua Katz did not. He posted his own “Declaration of Independence” at Quilette.com. The lengthy Faculty Letter opens with this sentence: “Anti-Blackness is foundational to America.” As Professor Katz points out, “the Princeton…

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Religious Schools Win

Penna Dexter After some depressing rulings, it was great to get a win for religious liberty and school choice at the U.S. Supreme Court. The 5-4 decision means states that provide assistance to private schools may not exclude some solely because they are religious. In Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the Court affirmed, by a slim margin, that the…

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A Momentous Rewrite

Penna Dexter The foundation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 lies in providing important political and economic protections for blacks. It’s a sweeping law. The Supreme Court tinkered with it recently and not in a good way. Title VII of the law provides powerful protections for women in the workplace. But the High Court’s 6-3 decision, in Bostock v….

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