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The real cause of the ‘Civil War’

To the Editor:  Writer Ryan Madden [“Kneeling during the National Anthem,” Mid Rivers Newsmagazine, Oct. 19] is proud of our country’s past, present and future. I’m happy for him. I’ll admit that I’m a bit more concerned than he is, but that’s not why I write. Mr. Madden’s brief reference to the war between the Union and the Confederate states from 1861 to 1865 is that it was fought over slavery and that the argument for states’ rights is revisionist. I could list a dozen or more factual, historical and documented reasons, some from President Abraham Lincoln himself, why that’s ...

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Thomas Sowell – Random Thoughts

Thomas Sowell

There seem to be fewer bumper stickers this year than in previous presidential election years. People may decide to vote for one of these candidates, but apparently they are not proud of their choice.

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Thomas Sowell – Turnout Time

Thomas Sowell

Some of us this election year don't even want to say the words "Clinton" or "Trump" — and with good reason. However, there is one word that we should keep in mind: "Turnout."

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Benefits of early childhood education

To the Editor: Early childhood education is to create the fundamental foundation for learning. It provides the social, emotional and educational skills needed to succeed in school and throughout adulthood. Early childhood education does play a crucial role in a child’s development. Our brains do not develop at an even pace. The most rapid brain development occurs in the first five years of life. Obviously, what happens in the first few years are of the greatest importance and has long-term consequences. Young children should be exposed to the broadest possible range of positive experiences. They should be encouraged to learn ...

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Regarding ‘Kneeling during the National Anthem’

To the Editor: Responses to the “Star-Spangled Banner” protests like Mr. McCann’s [Mid Rivers Newsmagazine, Oct. 5] make my head hurt. He says he’s “fine” with protest and demonstration, unless, of course, you’re benefiting from “free public education” [and, I would presume, other public services such as transportation, Social Security, police and fire protection, etc.], make lots of money or live in a country “protected by men and women risking their lives to insure [sic] our freedoms.” So, really, everyone falls into one of those categories, even if you live in the backwoods in Montana and have just chanced upon ...

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Thomas Sowell – The Academic Curtain

Thomas Sowell

Back in the days of the Cold War between the Communist bloc of nations and the Western democracies, the Communists maintained pervasive restrictions around Eastern Europe that were aptly called an "iron curtain," isolating the people in its bloc from the ideas of the West and physically obstructing their escape.

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