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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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Thomas Sowell – A Legacy of Liberalism

Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said there were “phrases that serve as an excuse for not thinking.” One of these phrases that substitute for thought today is one that depicts the current problems of blacks in America as “a legacy of slavery.” New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof asserts that there is “overwhelming evidence that centuries of racial subjugation still shape inequity in the 21st century” and he mentions “the lingering effects of slavery.” But before we become overwhelmed, that evidence should be checked out. The evidence offered by Mr. Kristof in the November 16th issue of the New ...

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Thomas Sowell – What Happened?

Just what happened last week on election day? And what is going to happen in the years ahead? The most important thing that happened last week was that the country dodged a bullet. Had the Democrats retained control of the Senate, President Obama could have spent his last two years in office loading the federal judiciary with judges who share his contempt for the Constitution of the United States. Such judges — perhaps including Supreme Court justices — would have been confirmed by Senate Democrats, and could spend the rest of their lifetime appointments ruling in favor of expansions of ...

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Apathetic voters

To the Editor: Now that the braying of political office seekers has died down, the national, state and regional electorate is going to have to take a long, hard and honest look at itself. By electorate, I mean me, you, us. National exit polls put voter turnout at 34 percent – out of 100 percent. Let’s look at that number another way. Out of all the people that could vote, 66 percent did not. That is a shameful, disgraceful number. It doesn’t matter what your political affiliation is, or even if you don’t have one. Sixty-six percent of the nation ...

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Editorial: Walk on by

On Nov. 6, a woman named Alice made an impassioned plea on Facebook: “Please do not do business at the Chesterfield Mall Bath & Body Works!!” She went on to say: “I was very disappointed today while on a field trip with my Special Education students. They were given an assignment to find stores on their own and locate a product and write down information about the product.” She explained that, while the task seems easy, it “is an important skill these students are still learning.” “As we got ready to walk into Bath & Body Works we were met ...

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The voters have spoken

To the Editor: The voters have spoken. They voted for a Democratic party opportunity to adopt the blueprint for obstructionism and gridlock followed so effectively by Mitch McConnell and John Boehner during their years of openly advocating opposition against any bill which might make this president look good — even bills originated by Republicans and subsequently supported by Obama. The immediate question seems to be: Will the president and Democratic leaders adopt that blueprint or will they step up and actually try to find ways to get along with the Republican Congress by employing a new “what’s good for the ...

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Responding to ‘It’s a matter of trust’

To the Editor: The Nov. 5 editorial “It’s a matter of trust” completely ignored the fact that the Monarch Fire Protection District Directors were overwhelmingly elected by the voters/taxpayers of the Fire District. They did not appoint themselves to this position and their mission is no different than any other elected officials, be it legislative bodies or other local boards. They seek to affordably provide quality services to the public. I was elected to serve as a Monarch Director for more than 13 years. During my first seven years on the board, my votes consistently gave the firefighters and their ...

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Thomas Sowell – Voter Fraud and Voter I.D.

One of the biggest voter frauds may be the idea promoted by Attorney General Eric Holder and others that there is no voter fraud, that laws requiring voters to have a photo identification are just attempts to suppress black voting. Reporter John Fund has written three books on voter fraud and a recent survey by Old Dominion University indicates that there are more than a million registered voters who are not citizens, and who therefore are not legally entitled to vote. The most devastating account of voter fraud may be in the book “Injustice” by J. Christian Adams. He was ...

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Thomas Sowell – Random Thoughts

Random thoughts on the passing scene: • The great boxing champion Joe Louis once said about one of his opponents, who was known for his speed: “He can run but he can’t hide.” In the Congressional elections this year, many Democrats are running away from Barack Obama, but they can’t hide their record of voting for Obama’s agenda more than 90 percent of the time. • Now that the Western democracies have learned the hard way what the consequences are when you admit all sorts of people into your country — including people who hate both the principles and the ...

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Making sense of fall traditions

To the Editor: If it is known that some football helmets have been scientifically proven to be superior in safety for high schools and colleges, then why haven’t our political leaders mandated that all helmets be made to meet those standards? I’m not for government control of private industry, but when lives are affected it may be time to step in. Shame on the educational institutions for not making this decision on their own. I would believe the safer helmets should have priority over fancy looking buildings and grounds. On another note, by the time this is printed, the political ...

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