Do Nothing

This year marks the 70th anniversary of what many scientists consider to be the most important invention of the 20th century: the transistor. The transistor is a sort of switch that either allows current to flow, or doesn’t. The idea of two conditions, or states, represented by “0” (no current/off) and “1” (current/on) is…

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Repeat as Necessary

Opponents of school choice appear committed to the application of the maxim, he who defines the terms wins the argument. Consider a recent letter to the Comptroller General of the United States, jointly signed by Senators Patty Murray (D. -WA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D. -RI), and Ron Wyden (D. -OR), in which the…

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The Election is Over

The election is over
the people have spoken
“Hail to the victors!”
“The system is broken!”

Some think the outcome
is awfully sweet;
others are protesting
out in the street.

Those who could not decide
which one to choose
may have now learned:
if you don’t vote you lose.

Elections once garnered
respect and decorum,
but nowadays…

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Hall of Famers

It was a very pleasant late summer evening. My parents were away in Chicago, and it had been three months since I obtained my driver’s license.   Hours earlier, in what later might be thought of as something of a Ferris Bueller moment, I had phoned a couple of friends and told my younger brother,…

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My Return to St. Genevieve

When I was in 8th grade, a friend of mine from Little League invited me to accompany his family to an event at his school.  At the time, I attended Robert Fulton Junior High School in Van Nuys, and he went to St. Genevieve, in neighboring Panorama City.  The occasion marked the first time…

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