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Digital Textbooks: Are They Inevitable?

When I was a student, I loathed the make-work project of painstakingly erasing all my pencil marks from my textbooks at the end of the school year (especially since the next year I would inevitably inherit textbooks whose previous user's markings had spontaneously regenerated), but future scholars may be spared such drudgery.

December 31, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


They, Too, Will Be Missed

Humanitarian Nelson Mandela. Actor Peter O'Toole. Novelist Tom Clancy. Interviewer David Frost. Actress Julie Harris. Senator Harry Byrd Jr.

December 29, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Our Hope Remains in Embracing the True Spirit of Christmas

Despite the fact that he has more academic alphabet soup behind his name than anyone else I know, including a doctorate in education, my baby brother often surprises me with the breadth of his common sense and the depth of his wisdom. A few years ago, I gave him a plaque bearing a quote from Mark Twain. It read: "I have never allowed my schooling to interfere with my education." He hung it on the wall of his office. I attribute this humility to my brother's Christian faith, his conservative political philosophy (on most things), and from not taking ...

December 27, 2013 | Doug Patton | Columnists


The Key to New Year’s Resolutions

There's a reason why only 8 percent of New Year's resolutions are kept: Too many of us make resolutions that lack resolve.

December 27, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Is it Time to Shut Down the NSA?

The NSA isn't inherently evil. Serious people track serious threats to the lives of millions of Americans every day. This is not why the NSA needs to be disbanded.

December 26, 2013 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


My 2013 Holiday Wish List

In this season of fighting over the true meaning of the season, I offer my short (and admittedly incomplete) list of things which could make the world a better place all year round:

December 26, 2013 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Deep in the Bowels of Password Hell

As the new year approaches, many of us in the dimly lit brotherhood of computer clumsoids (and our number is legion) feel the sharp prod of IT experts who blow themselves blue encouraging we Luddites to change passwords once a year like smoke alarm batteries or high school girlfriends or underwear on "Duck Dynasty." And you know what that means: time for one more slippery descent into the bowels of Password Hell.

December 24, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


Time to Investigate Pearson in Texas

Thanks to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the charitable arm of testing giant Pearson will pay $7.7 million to end his investigation into whether it was illegally helping its for-profit parent company. This comes as a shock to Texans, where Pearson has an eye-popping $462-million testing contract, as opposed to New York where Pearson is only getting $32 million. The surprise isn't that a special interest cut corners at taxpayers expense but that a state attorney general can investigate it. It's simply not done here, but then again, why isn't Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott ...

December 24, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


A Letter From the Front Lines of the War on Christmas

To All Americans in the World-

December 22, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Will Republicans ever learn?

Will they get their own house in order in time to take control of the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016?

December 22, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Antimicrobial Soap: Friend Or Foe?

If one of your resolutions for 2014 was to use more antimicrobial soap, your plans might be all washed up.

December 20, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Iowa Caucuses Will Not Elevate Paul Ryan to the Presidency

Paul Ryan is now polling first in Iowa for the next presidential election. If Ryan is encouraged by this news, he is not much of a student of recent political history. Polling first in Iowa more than two years prior to the state's overhyped, first-in-the-nation caucuses is a bit like being told by the guy at the convenience store that the lottery ticket he just sold you is the winner. Take it with a huge grain of salt.

December 20, 2013 | Doug Patton | Columnists


The Best and Worst of 2013

The year 2013 was a roller coaster of contrasts with some surprises. Here's a best and worst list:

December 19, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Minimum Wage Hammers Youth

With Democrats cratering in the polls over their collapsing health care law, they are trying to pivot to the only part of their policy agenda that still enjoys broad public support: the minimum wage. But their advocacy and its popularity rest on the incorrect belief that a significant number of families live on the minimum wage. Instead, the primary impact would be to exacerbate a crisis of youth unemployment spurred largely by the last minimum wage increase.

December 19, 2013 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Looking Forward this Christmas

I'm turning into my father.

December 18, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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Immoral Girl Scout Cookies

The Girl Scout cookie season is upon us - which means people with nothing better to do will criticize Girl Scout cookies.

February 03, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Vape Regulation Could Kill the Industry

After a lengthy and heavily contested regulatory process, a final rule deeming vapor products to be subject to pervasive FDA regulation is currently in the ...

February 02, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


The GOP's Un-Reality Show

The latest Republican debate was difficult to sit through. Information was skimpy, and without Donald Trump entertainment value and ratings dipped. This "main event," as ...

February 02, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Why Iowa and New Hampshire?

And now the question that's been dancing on the lips of politically concerned citizens for decades - Who's the genius that chose Iowa and ...

January 31, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


I Like Trump, and So Should You

Donald Trump represents more than a change of tone in presidential primary politics. He is redefining what it means to be a mainstream Republican.

January 29, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


GOP Debates Aren't Helping Much

Never before in the relatively brief history of televised presidential politics have debates been so important as in the current GOP campaign. Yet, through six ...

January 29, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Surviving The Winter Blues

Boy, it's cold outside.

January 28, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The Most Idiotic Reactions to the Poisoning of Flint

The poisoning of Flint, Michigan, is a national disgrace - and some of the people reacting to it have been disgraceful. Here's an abbreviated list ...

January 28, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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