Current Issues

Should we consider e-voting?

As we approach an election, we hear people asking why they can’t vote online using their personal computer or mobile devices, just as we do banking. People favoring e-voting argue that Internet voting offers greater speed and convenience, especially for overseas and military voters. However, computer and network experts point out that online voting is dangerous to the integrity of U.S....

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Ralph Nader marks 50 years of consumer activism

November 30 marked the 50th anniversary of Ralph Nader’s book Unsafe at Any Speed. This book was a stern critique of American automakers who neglected safety in automotive design. It shook up the auto industry and brought Mr. Nader to the forefront in the new role of consumer advocate. Some may disagree with government regulation to protect consumers; but there is no question that his political...

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Want to join the [political] fight against terrorism?

American organizations dedicated to fighting terrorism tend to bathe in strongly pro-Israeli or anti-Islamic rhetoric. Having had several personal friends who are Muslim, I firmly oppose any effort to marginalize Muslims in American society. The best way for non-Muslims to fight terrorism is to actively support our secular Constitutional form of government, seek friendship and understanding with...

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The relationship between terrorism and immigration

News sources indicate that two of the perpetrators of the Paris bombings entered Europe posing as Syrian refugees. The United States has encountered similar problems with operatives in Mexican drug cartels crossing ours (example). We do not yet know how secure our border is against Arab terrorists; but given the state of our immigration policy, we are likely to find out very soon, and not in a...

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How the U.S. can end the war on terror

How the U.S. can end the war on terror

The terrorist attacks on Paris clearly demonstrate that the Islamic State (aka ISIS or ISIL) is much, much more than a “junior varsity” player. Their success on the ground in Syria and Iraq, and instigating attacks abroad, prove that they are rational actors in terms of promoting their self-interest by whatever means necessary. Because they justify their actions on religious grounds, there is no...

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Watching the Republican Presidential debate Thursday night?

It’s almost historic. Seventeen Republicans are vying for the nomination, and will be appearing in a debate on Fox News tomorrow night. Seven of the candidates will appear at 5 pm, the other 10 (with higher poll results) will appear at 8:50 pm. To help you decide which candidate is best for you, download our printer-friendly Candidate Debate Scoresheet (pdf file). It asks questions about...

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