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The Death Penalty

The ability to take a citizen's life as punishment for committing a crime is one of the defining attributes of a sovereign nation. It is something that should never be imposed lightly.

Tonight we saw two state executions take place, one in Georgia, the other in Texas. The execution in Texas was that of Lawrence Brewer. The crime for which he was executed was so brutal it was part of the inspiration for hate-crime legislation.   Read more

Thoughts on the fallout from 9/11

There have been events in our history from the very beginning that have helped form our national character. But few, if any, have had such a transformational effect as 9/11 has. That horrible day will forevermore will be held up alongside Pearl Harbor as the definition of infamy. But while Pearl Harbor and prior events have served to strengthen our national identity and dedication to liberty, 9/11 has taken away from that.

For all the outrage and military action following 9/11, the primary response was to give in to fear.   Read more

The Next Great Infrastructure Project

Brian Greenspun, publisher and editor of the Las Vegas Sun, had this to say in his editorial from today:

Pat [Mulroy]’s idea is simple. It is a pipeline that would take the rising water away from the Mississippi River and transport it westward to the Colorado River where, frankly, water is in very short supply. Over the next decade or so, many millions of Baby Boomers will be retiring to the Southwest, putting a further demand on the diminishing water supply. It makes perfect sense that we should take the water no one wants and move it to a place where everyone needs it. The only thing in the way is an old argument about water laws that should no longer, well, hold water. Whatever that pipeline costs can probably be offset by the next few years of flood damage. That’s a pretty good return on investment.

California and in-state tuition for illegal immigrants

It's always difficult to talk about illegal immigration, but I feel compelled to speak up on this issue.

Today, the California State Supreme Court upheld a law that allows illegal immigrants who meet high school attendance requirements to receive the in-state tuition rate for state colleges instead of the out-of-state rate, which is considerably higher.   Read more

Thank you, America

No matter what you might think about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there has been one good thing to come from them that I hope no one will disagree with. There is a renewed respect and admiration for members of our armed forces that has been absent for far too long.

Those of us who served during the Viet Nam era recall all too well the reception we received when we came back home. Personally, I consider that to have been a disgrace and a stain upon this country.   Read more

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