Reagan’s Easter and Passover Message From 1983 Just As Powerful Today

The Heritage Foundation has linked to President Reagan’s radio address from April 2, 1983 as the country was observing Easter and Passover.

President Reagan talks about the unifying power of faith and the hope and resilience faith in God provides enabling the human spirit to overcome great obstacles.  Here is the body of Reagan’s remarks,
“This week Jewish families and friends have been celebrating Passover, a tradition rich in symbolism and meaning. Its observance reminds all […]

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Art imitates life and sometimes art exaggerates it. That’s what we see in the Twilight Zone episode, “Examination Day,” embedded below.  The episode is from 1985, but it manages to paint a picture of education that in part rings true today – the centralized control of education by a too powerful government and the erosion of society’s celebration of the individual and the unique gifts each of us are given.

George Bush gave us No […]

Patriots Day Deserves Widespread Recognition

“Listen, my children, and you shall hear

Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,

On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;

Hardly a man is now alive

Who remembers that famous day and year.”
American school children should all know at least the first verse of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.”  The full poem can be found here.

We post the poem today in remembrance of Revere’s historic ride on April 18, 1775 and in anticipation of Patriots […]

By |April 16th, 2014|All Posts|2 Comments

Big Macs, Late Night Movies Readily Available; Health Insurance Is Not

It may be hard for some Americans to wrap their minds around it.  I’m talking about those of us who appreciate the convenience and the myriad of choices available to consumers in a free market economy.  But, in a country where you can buy a Big Mac 24 hours a day and download a movie off Netflix at 2 A.M., you cannot buy health insurance for the next eight months — an odd conundrum  […]

When It Comes to Obamacare Social Policy Trumps Health Care & Constitutional Rights

Obamacare is not as much about health care policy as it is about social policy.  The massive wealth redistribution accomplished through the ACA’s many taxes, fees, fines, subsidies, and tax credits which reward some while punishing others is just one example of this point.  Another example is the requirement for businesses to offer contraception and abortion-inducing drugs through employer sponsored health insurance plans regardless of the religious beliefs of the employer.

The Weekly Standard reveals […]

Bring Your Legislator To Class Day

COMMON CORE FORUMBring Your Legislator to Class DayCommon Core 101Wednesday – APRIL 9th – 6:00 to 9:00 pmCapitol Theatre – 77 S. High Street - Directions Common Core is a fundamental change in education for every child in Ohio, yet it was never put through the legislative process. Why are legislators refusing to debate it?A large majority of Ohio lawmakers had never heard of Common Core before parents and citizens brought it to their attention last […]

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FreedomWorks Endorses Matt Lynch over Republican Incumbent Dave Joyce

The room was full of northeast Ohio tea party members when Adam Brandon, Executive Director of FreedomWorks for America, announced the endorsement of Matt Lynch for U.S. Congress in Ohio’s 14th district.  Lynch will face-off against incumbent Republican Representative Dave Joyce in the May 6th primary.

Supporters cheered and waved signs when the endorsement was announced making it clear that Matt Lynch has considerable grassroots backing which, if translated into a strong ground game, may mean […]

Inequality Debate Needs Better Focus

by Jack Painter

As the 2014 election approaches, President Obama is trying to shift the discussion from the Affordable Care Act to inequality of income.

The problem is that much of the debate is focused on the wrong things.

Inequality is inevitable in a free enterprise system because people have different talents, ambitions and work ethics. What should we do about that?

If I choose to work 40 hours a week and you choose to work 20, and […]

By |March 22nd, 2014|All Posts|1 Comment

Dems Want Medicaid Expansion Put into State Law; Kasich Remains Tightlipped

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Ohio Democrat lawmakers want Governor Kasich to put Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion into state law.  The Enquirer explains,
“Kasich is also likely to agree with Democrats’ call to put Medicaid expansion into Ohio law. Right now, the state must rely on regular renewals from the state’s seven-member Controlling Board, which approved the expansion this summer after the Legislature refused to do so.”
Kasich skirted the state legislature last October and expanded Medicaid through […]

Private Student Data Transferred to PearsonAccess in Preparation of Common Core Field Tests

PARCC and PearsonAccess have requested the following student data in preparation of their Ohio field testing this spring:

Student’s State Student Identifier Code
Student’s Legal Name
Birth Date (optional)
Gender
Race
Type of Disability
Disability Accommodations (optional)
Gifted Status
Free Lunch Qualifier (i.e. pays full price, receives reduced price, or receives free meal)

The field tests will take place March 24 – April 11 and May 5 – June 6.

To determine if your school district is participating in the PARCC field testing, see listing […]

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