“Don’t deny the link between poverty and single parenthood” Response to New York Times article

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dont-deny-the-link-between-poverty-and-single-parenthood/2018/03/18/e6b0121a-2942-11e8-b79d-f3d931db7f68_story.html?utm_term=.61bffce745c6

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Interesting Perspective on Compromise in the wake of Florida High School Shooting

Peggy Noonan is former presidential speechwriter and current columnist and author wrote a recent article called The Parkland Massacre and the Air We Breathe. Noonan perceptively identifies the degradation of our society starting with the dissolution of the family as well as cultural inputs which are negatively impacting all of us.

Near the end of her article she proposes a compromise in public policy goals between Republicans and Democrats when she says,

The idea: Trade banning assault weapons for banning late-term abortion. Make illegal a killing machine and a killing procedure.

In both cases the lives of children would be saved.

Wouldn’t this clean some of the air? Wouldn’t we all breathe a little easier?

It is a provocative and innovative proposal that is likely meant to call both the Republican’s and Democrat’s bluff rather than be taken seriously as a piece of legislation. However, I can see this type of idea being more popular among voters as the debate on guns moves forward.

Noonan clearly sees that each group wants the opposition’s purported rights eradicated on moral grounds.  However, her case is a bit too simplistic in that the moral analogy of banning a gun versus banning the killing of an unborn child are not, in my opinion, equally weighted. The analogy further slips when comparing the two in light of the Constitution whereas one right is explicit and pervasive since the founding and the other is interpreted as implied and added late. However, I see the merit in offering her argument as an olive branch in hopes of some change.

Charter Schools vs. Public Schools

A friend and I were discussing the differences between Public Schools and Charter schools and she sent me these two articles: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2015/04/15/white-parents-in-north-carolina-are-using-charter-schools-to-secede-from-the-education-system/ http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2015/10/02/report-highlights-list-of-failed-charter-schools-growing-cost-to-taxpayers-and-students/ I responded to them below: Interesting articles and I appreciate the alternate viewpoint. I think some of the assumptions made in each show that both authors have a left-leaning ideology through which […]

Study on Speaking to your Children

Read this study article:

http://literacy.rice.edu/thirty-million-word-gap

This tells me to speak to my children and encourage them as much as possible from a young age. The answer to more well-formed children and society is not necessarily more and newer school programs. It starts at home. I don’t agree with all the implications that some might draw from this article but the correlation between poor/bad (not necessarily income bracket) parenting and poor outcomes should speak for itself.

Children’s Needs vs. the Desires of Adults

Read article: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/07/15362/#st_refDomain=www.facebook.com&st_refQuery= Interesting perspective. Children have no say to whom they are born and it Is sad that today we see the desires of adults interfering with needs of children. Children deserve to be reared by their biological mother and father when possible. This is the ideal and laws should encourage it for the […]

What is the difference between liberal and conservative christians and does it matter?

A little of my background I attended three colleges before I finished my Bachelor’s degree.  All three of them were affiliated with a Christian denomination.  Each denomination seemed to have their own views regarding how the how the Church should be run, how Christians should interact with culture, how worship should go, how we should […]

Responses to NY times articles: “An Atheist’s Christmas Dream” and “Religion Without God”

On Christmas eve I had a great discussion with a family member about religion and atheism.  Two days later they handed me the Christmas day Op-Ed section of the New York Times.  They wanted me to read two articles that were relevant to our conversation: 1) “An Atheist’s Christmas Dream” AND 2) “Religion Without God”. […]