Should Wal-Mart, Amazon.com, Fed-Ex/UPS or another large US-based company acquire the United States Postal Service?

Gastonia, NC Correspondent-Efficiency experts, business mavens, delivery brain trusts and thousands of others have for years been kicking around the idea of privatizing the United States Postal Service (USPS). Proponents point to things like charter schools, which in some instances have far outstripped the performance of their traditional public school counterparts. Continue reading

A recent Time magazine article indicated a growing number of people using satirical websites, blogs, etc. as their news source. What, if anything, is wrong with this? How should this be addressed?

Gastonia, NC Correspondent-An article in last week’s Time magazine examining the way that the fringe elements of both parties get their fake news, conspiracy theories and outright parody thinly disguised as news was a sobering read.

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Many countries in the Middle East are in political turmoil and even civil war since the Arab Spring revolution that began in 2010. Was the Arab Spring a big political mistake?

Prescott Valley, AZ Correspondent-The Arab Spring was a major political mistake because of its ripple effect on the many countries in the region and the reluctance of America and its allies to thwart the resulting disasters. The inability of the Obama administration to respond in the appropriate manner to the Arab Spring uprising was a huge challenge that was not dealt with appropriately. The ramifications of those continued uprisings, protests and terrorist activities will be passed on to President-elect Donald Trump to sort out and some day resolve.   Continue reading

A number of protests across the country in the wake of recent elections have impacted communities and interstate commerce. At what point do your rights to peaceful protest end and enforcement of anti-rioting laws come in effect? Should peaceful protest be allowed to disrupt use of public roads and thereby impede commerce?

Owatonna, MN Correspondent-Peace is the absence of conflict. Not necessarily the absence of violent conflict, just conflict in general. If someone attempting to operate their business by selling goods from a storefront or transporting those goods to consumers via public roads is prevented from doing so by protestors blocking sidewalks or roads, then a conflict exists. Public safety issues also come into play if roadways are blocked or if too many people attempt to occupy a too small space.

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Do police body cameras help or hurt law enforcement efforts?

Owatonna, MN Correspondent Proponents of transparency in government rightly cheer the widening use of police body cameras to document police interactions with citizens. Anything that encourages open and honest government is a positive development. Unfortunately, it seems that law enforcement officials are uncomfortable with complete honesty. Many resist this new tool for community policing by throwing up roadblocks and restrictions such as withholding controversial video from the public if they feel the video might incite protests or worse by disgruntled citizens. Continue reading

Anti-bullying legislation has been passed in a number or states and has been instituted in schools to prevent bullying of students. Should these laws be extended outside of school premises and provide protection from bullying through the internet and social media?

Prescott Valley, AZ Correspondent-Protection from bullying should not only be instituted in schools but it should extend beyond school grounds as well as into internet and social media occurrences (cyberbullying). Far too many young people and others have been repeatedly bullied in and outside of school and through the internet, which has caused family tragedies and other repercussions. Many students have committed suicide to escape the taunts of bullies.    Continue reading

Can Industrial Development and Preservation of Scenic and Historic National Parks and Monuments Successfully Co-Exist Side by Side?

Sheffield, Jamaica Correspondent-It is true; mankind’s efforts have vastly outweighed their expectations.  Who would have thought that I’d be typing this worded message on a small tablet that can be taken with me anywhere in the world?  Mankind has greatly developed throughout the years but to the detriment of what?  I’m sure you can name a few.  To expand and enhance industrial developments, we have to abandon a very integral part of our society. Continue reading

The California National Guard offered bonuses to soldiers for signing 3- to 6-year enlistments from 2006 to 2010. The Guard recently sent letters to the soldiers asking them to pay back the bonuses. Should these soldiers be required to return the bonuses?

Prescott Valley, AZ Correspondent-No soldier who has defended the country and has re-enlisted because of specifically needed skill sets should be required to return bonuses.  Also, any soldier willing to re-enlist to serve the country in time of need (combat tours) should not be made to return re-enlistment bonuses. Continue reading

In 2013, over 17 million American households were confronted with hunger and lack of nutritionally affordable food. The high cost of fruit and vegetables has put lower income Americans out of the market for these foods. Much of it is simply discarded by grocery stores for cosmetic reasons. Should grocery stores be allowed to continue this practice?

Prescott Valley, AZ Correspondent-Current prohibitively high costs of produce have canceled out access to its consumption by millions of low to moderate income Americans. Many simply cannot afford to purchase fruit or vegetables and have to rely on less nutritious and lower cost produce type products through canned goods and other sources.  Continue reading

Should the Electoral College be Abolished, Changed, or Kept the Same?

Prescott Valley, AZ Correspondent-The Electoral College should not be abolished. If it were, a few states, namely “Blue” ones would predominate in a presidential election and the rest of the country would suffer for lack of representation, and votes would be overshadowed and nullified.

In the spirit of the Constitution, the winner of the Electoral College takes office as president.  The founders wanted electors who came directly from the people rather than through a one party legislature or a permanent group or body that could be influenced by individuals, foreign states and special interests.  Continue reading