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Thomas Sowell – Who’s Responsible?

Thomas Sowell

The cold-blooded murder of two New York City policemen as they sat in their car is not only an outrage but also a wake-up call. It shows, in the most painful way, the high cost of having demagogues, politicians, mobs and the media constantly taking cheap shots at the police. Those cheap shots are in fact very expensive shots, not only to the police themselves but to the whole society. Someone once said that civilization is a thin crust over a volcano. The police are part of that thin crust. We have seen before our own eyes, first in Ferguson, ...

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Thomas Sowell – Tortured Reasoning

Thomas Sowell

Critics and defenders of the harsh interrogation methods applied to captured terrorists can argue forever over whether those methods were "torture." But any serious discussion of a serious issue — and surely terrorism qualifies as serious — has to move beyond semantics and confront the ultimate question: "Compared to what alternative?"

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Yes, Virginia

In 1897, 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon had been told “If you see it in The (New York) Sun it’s so.” Armed with this advice she wrote to The Sun asking if Santa Claus was real, for some of her friends had told her he was not. That’s when one of the editorial writers, Mr. Francis P. Church, replied.

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Thomas Sowell – Is Law Optional?

Thomas Sowell

The fiasco of "Rolling Stone" magazine's apology for an unsubstantiated claim of gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house — and the instant rush to judgment of the university administration in shutting down all fraternities, when those charges were made — should warn us about the dangers of having serious legal issues dealt with by institutions with no qualifications for that role.

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Thomas Sowell – Opinions Versus Facts

Thomas Sowell

Everyone seems to have an opinion about the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri. But, as Daniel Patrick Moynihan used to say, “You’re entitled to your own opinion but you’re not entitled to your own facts.” Soon after the shooting death of Michael Brown, this 285-pound young man was depicted as a “gentle giant.”

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Thomas Sowell – Beware of Our Betters

Thomas Sowell

Jonathan Gruber’s several videotaped remarks about the gross deceptions that got ObamaCare passed in Congress should tell us a lot about the Obama administration. And the way that the mainstream media hesitated for days to even mention what Professor Gruber said, while they obsessed over unsubstantiated charges against Bill Cosby, should tell us a lot about the media. Whatever did or did not happen between Bill Cosby and various women is not likely to affect the lives of 300 million Americans. But ObamaCare does. For both the politicians and the media, this was not just an isolated incident. Gruber’s videotaped ...

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Editorial: To add big personality to your holiday gifts – shop small

Remember when Black Friday was an actual day – specifically the Friday after Thanksgiving? Sales, respectfully, didn’t start until the leftover turkey, dressing and pumpkin pies had grown cold. Then, in the wee hours of the morning, die-hard holiday shoppers would head into the cold to grab up gifts at “deeper than deep” discounts. Now Black Friday sales start popping up even before the Halloween decorations are back in the attic. Black Friday had personality when it was one crazy day. And the people who braved sleep deprivation, often freezing weather and limited quantities to get the last Cabbage Patch ...

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Protests

To the Editor: Yesterday (Nov. 16), once again, protestors shut down traffic in Clayton. It is ridiculous that the lawbreakers can disrupt regular citizens with no parade permit and suffer no consequences in the name of “political correctness.” When are the law-abiding citizens going to wake up and stand up for law and order regardless of race or ethnicity. John Schroeder Wildwood    Email this page

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Free fish

To the Editor: Each week I look forward to the delivery of West Newsmagazine in my mailbox free of charge. West gives me the opportunity to learn what is going on in the communities and schools and what is being discussed in terms of changes, developments and legislative issues. I also enjoy most of the letters to the editor, and Thomas Sowell always makes me think about things in a way I may not have done otherwise. I assume that the reason the paper is free is because the people who advertise realize that the publication is widely read by ...

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Thomas Sowell – Racial Quota Punishment

Thomas Sowell

If anyone still has any doubt about the utter cynicism of the Obama administration, a recent agreement between the federal government and the Minneapolis Public Schools should open their eyes. Under the Obama administration, both the Department of Education and the Department of Justice have been leaning on public schools around the country to reduce what they call the “disproportionate” numbers of black male students who are punished for various offenses in schools. Under an implicit threat of losing their federal subsidies, the Minneapolis Public Schools have agreed to reduce the disparity in punishment of black students by 25 percent ...

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