Antifa groups are emerging across the United States. Should they be stopped or allowed to engage in their protests?

Owatonna, MN Correspondent– Antifa (short for anti-fascist) groups appear to be a modern-day version of groups like the Black Panthers in the 1960s, and less well-known anarchists who came to prominence around the time of the rise of communism in the early 20th Century. Anarchists favor no government whatsoever. Fascism is an ideology that promotes nation and race above the individual and requires a dictatorial rule. Continue reading

Has the Democrat Party become the party of hate and destruction and are their actions anti-American?

Sheffield, Jamaica Correspondent- Americans aren’t sucking up to what the Democrats are selling. While the president’s approval rating is hitting rock bottom due to his constant emotional tirade on Twitter, belligerent immigration ban proposal, and alleged conspiracy with Russia, the Democratic Party is still not a fave. Continue reading

Columbus Day is being attacked as it has been in the past and a number of states have eliminated the holiday altogether. Is this another stab at suppressing America’s early history?

Gastonia, NC Correspondent– The brouhaha over Columbus Day has been going on for decades, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. The promotion of more politically correct objects of honor in place of Columbus has been a cause celebre among the wine, cheese and false equivalency crowd, the same folks who get their knickers in a twist over the Washington, D.C., football team’s name. Continue reading

Upselling has become part of internet sales tactics. Is this practice turning off consumers, or has it simply become a distraction from an original point of sale?

Prescott Valley, AZ Correspondent– Upselling is a sales technique that is most often used with various internet sales and services as well as everyday purchase interactions. The seller attempts to persuade a customer to buy more costly items, upgrades or other add-ons to bring about a more profitable sale. Usually the process involves the marketing of more money making services or products, or it can simply involve exposing customers to other available options that are at low to no cost. Continue reading

Are there benefits to a border solar wall between the American southern border and Mexico? If so, what are they?

Gastonia, NC Correspondent– It’s a bit hilarious to me that we’re still talking about the border wall. After all the campaign statements Trump made that have not come to fruition, we still believe he’s going to have Mexico pay for a gigantic physical wall that will be nothing more than a symbolic gesture? Continue reading

Do gender based reading materials damage boys and girls and should they be removed from elementary school classrooms?

Owatonna, MN Correspondent- Working from the assumption that the term gender-based reading material means books and other print media that feature characters who don’t identify as heterosexual males or females, I’ll say quite equivocally, “it depends.” Too much gender-based reading material sends the message that students might be “abnormal” if they are a heterosexual male or female. Little or no gender-based reading material sends the message that only two types of people exist in the entire world, and anything other than heterosexual male or female is abnormal. In either extreme, I don’t believe most students would be damaged. Children are usually much more flexible and tolerant than adults. These sorts of reading material shouldn’t be removed from classrooms, but they should be used judiciously and with sensitivity to the cognitive abilities of young students. Continue reading

Will over consumption force people to terraform other planets in the future?

Gastonia, NC Correspondent-Terraforming is a marvelous idea, and I’d love to see it happen. However, the technological leaps required to make it happen are decades away. We’re still trying to work out how to deal with the effects of prolonged exposure to weightlessness on humans, and we haven’t even yet sent a successful flight to Mars, which along with a couple of Saturn’s moons are the only viable candidates for terraforming in our solar system. Continue reading

Election 2016 Round Table Discussion: Donald Trump has recently been under attack for open mic comments made in 2005. Hillary Clinton has been attacked for defending a rapist early in her law career and comments made in speeches to Wall Street firms. Does this really matter? Should the debates focus solely on policy issues rather than character issues? Would third party participation in the debates help to better manage the dialogue?

Owatonna, MN Correspondent-Character issues always matter when electing leaders, especially those in the federal government, but they are not as important as policy issues. The government is made up of humans who are fallible and have a wide variety of shortcomings. Character plays a role with voters because most voters at least subconsciously need to “like” a candidate enough to vote for that candidate. But voters should focus more on what policies the candidate will advocate for because those policies will more directly affect voters than will the fact that the person for whom they voted is a womanizer, or an alcoholic, or said some nasty things about someone years ago.

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