Tag Archives: Opinion

There are no Square Circles

Every once in a while, I come across an essay or commentary that hits me across the cerebral cortex like a brick. This particular piece helped me give substance and structure to an argument I’ve always found frustrating: “Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion.” Well sure they are, but does that mean we can all just […]

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Will the Real President Obama please Stand Up

President Obama delivered a major speech on the current state of budgetary affairs yesterday. Normally, this topic is a bit of a snoozer but the House GOP has made quite a bit of hay over cutting spending and they have chosen some interesting targets for their knife. After a brief but noisy battle over a […]

When a War is not a War

The military entanglement in Afghanistan, our longest ever, started out as part of the ridiculously named “War on Terror.” Declaring war on fear is completely illogical and absurd; nonetheless, our brave soldiers went into this mountainous region that made mincemeat of the Soviet Army with a goal of locating and dismantling Al Qaeda and removing […]

Let the Bush Tax Cuts Expire

Opinion: The clock is ticking on the package of tax cuts that President Bush and the Republican Congress passed in 2001. The “Bush Tax Cuts” as they’re generically called were cuts in the marginal tax rates that were in place at the time. All marginal rates were cut, and because the United States uses a […]

Know Your Rights

On August 4, 2010 Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco declared that California’s Proposition 8, called by some the “Protect Marriage Act,” was unconstitutional. Prop 8 was approved by California voters in 2008 and it made same-sex marriage illegal in the state of California. You can read the entire ruling here, and […]

A Practical Man speaks to an Ideologue

Ideology: a : a systematic body of concepts especially about human life or culture b : a manner or the content of thinking characteristic of an individual, group, or culture c : the integrated assertions, theories and aims that constitute a sociopolitical program Ideologue: an often blindly partisan advocate or adherent of a particular ideology. Practical: disposed to […]

Where is the Outrage?

I read something today that has finally helped me to understand the lack of outrage from American citizens regarding the loss of life in our concurrent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Every time I hear of another of our soldiers dying, I feel the sense of needless death. A life cut short, families and friends […]

A Rose by any other Name

Ignorance is where someone or something is uninformed. This should not be confused with being unintelligent, as one’s level of intelligence and level of education or general awareness are not the same. The word “Ignorant” is an adjective describing a person in the state of being unaware. An opinion is a subjective statement or thought about an issue or topic, […]