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PUBLIC MARKS from jasontromm with tag opinion

January 2006

UNC Should Pay Closer Attention to the First Amendment

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson wrote in the landmark case of West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943) that “if there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein. If there are any circumstances which permit an exception, they do not now occur to us.” His words were a ringing affirmation of the freedoms of conscience and expression that are central to American liberty.

September 2005

N'Orleans descends into hellish chaos

As New Orleans descended into anarchy in the wake of devastating Hurricane Katrina and its inundating floods, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert delivered his stunning opinion that rebuilding the historic city would be pointless and a waste of money.

August 2005

Are you kids reading rot?

Reading isn’t always good for our kids. How’s that for an opening sentence to stir a little controversy among the educational elites?

Serve and protect with one arm tied behind their back

Why would anyone want to become a police officer when even self-defense is now deemed "excessive force" and "racist?"

The University of Nude Copulating Asians

As a father of two (one a college-bound teenager), Mark decided to check out a diversity event at UNC-Asheville.

Let the Sun Shine In

US Senators (both Democrats and Replucians) have no business keeping secrets from the American people.

Situational libertarianism

Liberties should be as unlimited as possible -- unless and until there arises a real threat to the open society.

NARAL's slander of John Roberts helps his confirmation

In addition to his ambiguous record as a lawyer and judge, Supreme Court nominee John Roberts has the benefit of opponents who seem determined to discredit themselves and guarantee his confirmation. This self-destructive impulse is epitomized by NARAL Pro-Choice America's despicable TV ad linking Roberts to "violent fringe groups."

The fair tax

I've been dropping hints in previous columns about the FairTax proposal. Now the time is ripe to examine this idea.

Under the radar

Our beloved mainstream media are complaining that President Bush is spending too much time at the "Western White House" in Crawford, Texas. Their stories about his "vacation" make it seem as if he's not doing a whole lot. But a closer look reveals that the president is working hard -- the Fourth Estate just doesn't bother to cover what he's really doing.

Conservative judicial activism? Don't believe it!

Would someone please tell Sen. Barbara Boxer that John Roberts is not running for political office -- and get her a copy of the Constitution?

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