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Federal dysfunction

By Ralph R. Reiland
“The likelihood of laws being enforced is slim,” said Democrat Commissioner Ann M. Ravel, chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission, in a recent New York Times interview regarding money being raised and spent in the 2016 presidential election — which ...

Justice for all minorities?

By Ralph R. Reiland
In a May 3 front-page article, The New York Times reported that “residents say arsonists singled out Asian-American owned businesses during the rioting” in Sandtown. That’s the Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray grew up and apparently died from complications of ...

Baltimore’s rough streets in focus

By Ralph R. Reiland
Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak writes that she went to Baltimore to get a firsthand look at how the poorest of the poor live. In short order, she got robbed and knocked around. Dvorak’s column recounts her tapping notes into ...

The last line of defense?

By Ralph R. Reiland
The job of the Transportation Security Administration, with its $7.3 billion budget and 45,000 screeners, is to prevent another 9/11 attack — to catch people, usually guys in their 20s, like Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. He’s more commonly known as the ...

Not even a ‘trickle’ of sound economics

By Ralph R. Reiland
Below are two quotes that reveal a completely flawed understanding of how the U.S. economy operates and how economic freedom, individual incentives, free enterprise and limited government are directly correlated with higher levels of productivity, economic growth, income and job ...

Pot, Hillary & Iran

By Ralph R. Reiland
I’d say the one thing we don’t need is more drug abuse. But a green light to more drugs is exactly what was unintentionally produced by Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act, an effect that’s likely to produce more individual ...

‘Inequality’ & the absence of reason

By Ralph R. Reiland
Here’s a thought from Winston Churchill on equality, ethics, capitalism and socialism: “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” Several semesters ago, a student in ...

Would you like some race talk with that?

By Ralph R. Reiland
Given the overwhelming backlash, it’s pretty clear that the short-lived “Race Together” campaign launched by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to “stimulate conversation, empathy and compassion” among Americans of all races was a definite flop. To “help bridge racial and ethnic ...

Economic justice & fairness

By Ralph R. Reiland 9:00 p.m.
“What constitutes fairness and justice has been debated for centuries,” wrote Walter Williams, economics professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., in a column last month. “Widespread agreement has proved to be elusive at best.” First, contended Williams, to ...

‘No man, no problem’

By Ralph R. Reiland
“Death solves all problems — no man, no problem,” stated Joseph Stalin, dictator of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, who consolidated his reign of terror by executing political rivals and shipping opponents to forced labor camps. One of Russian ...

The hazards of blind obedience

By Ralph R. Reiland
“It is only those who hope to transform human beings who end up by burning them, like the waste product of a failed experiment,” wrote Christopher Hitchens, years before ISIS released a video showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive. ...

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