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I’ve lost my handgun virginity

Last week, I fired a handgun for the first time in my life. And for those of you hoping to learn that my experience transformed me from a gun-phobe to a gun-lover: Sorry. I never want to do that again. My 20 minutes at the firing range were part of the nine-week Citizens’ Police Academy…

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“Why do you support such a liberal agenda?” An honest answer in a tough market

Recently, Charlotte NC Mayor Dan Clodfelter proclaimed April 30, 2015 to be Honesty Day. In response, the editorial page editor of the Charlotte Observer–Taylor Batten—issued an invitation to readers to submit questions. One reader asked: “Why do you support such a liberal agenda?” Batten answered honestly. And those of us who call ourselves liberals/progressives would…

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Al Gore proposes “Scientific Freedom Restoration Act”

Former Vice President Al Gore met with Congressional leaders today to propose the Scientific Freedom Restoration Act. The purpose of the bill is to ensure that science, scientific research, and evidence-based policies receive the same consideration given to ideas, school lesson plans, laws and policies based on religious teachings and beliefs. Since beginning his crusade…

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“We can’t afford it.” The untrue, anti-tax mantra of 21st century government

For the past 30 years, “We can’t afford it” has become the mantra of city councilmen, state legislators and even U.S. Congressional representatives. But there is something terribly wrong with that. What do lawmakers mean by “it?” There are many meanings. Sometimes, “it” is higher salaries for teachers. Sometimes, “it” is repairs to crumbling bridges.…

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Missouri State Auditor’s suicide: The gun

The sad details surrounding the suicide of Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich continue to emerge. But something is missing in the reporting: the gun behind the tragedy. Today, news reports revealed that Martha Fitz, an aide to former U.S. Senator John Danforth was on the phone with Schweich’s wife when Schweich killed himself. According to…

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