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Should government get out of the education business?

Here’s an article sure to get you thinking. It’s called “Enterprising Education: Doing Away with the Public School System” (PDF file), by Andrew Young and Walter Block. Here’s their summary of their argument:

We critically examine the accepted notion that primary education is a legitimate and necessary function of the state. The notion is […]

Random act of kindness . . . from the city

I found something almost heartwarming in Tuesday night’s city council agenda.

First, a little background:  There are some sewers in older parts of Peoria known as “wildcat” sewers.  These are sewers that were developed privately and do not conform to city code.  The city has a program, known as the Wildcat Sewer Program, that […]

U2’s Bono challenges nation at National Prayer Breakfast

Say what you want about rock stars who have a “cause,” but I thought Bono’s speech at the the National Prayer Breakfast was really inspired. Not inspired like the Bible is inspired, but certainly inspired by the Bible. He talks a lot about social justice, which is something you don’t hear much about in conservative circles, which is odd since a lot of conservatives are Bible-believing Christians.

In fact, many of my conservative friends who listen to a steady diet of Rush Limbaugh scoff at the idea of social justice. They seem to think that everyone who is poor is poor by their own choice and should just pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. I won’t deny that that’s true in some circumstances, but even so, haven’t we all made some stupid mistakes in our lives? Do we really want to be judged the way someone like Limbaugh judges the poor? I don’t.

I wouldn’t ally myself with everything Bono says, but probably about 95% of it. If you have the time, I encourage you to read his speech and see if it doesn’t put in perspective what it means for us to love our neighbors as ourselves on a national scale. I’ve reprinted it here for you so you don’t have to go searching for it. It’s kind of long, so I’ve put it on a separate page. Just click the “Read the rest of this entry” link below.

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