Commentary and opinion on current civic, political, and religious events and issues.
The current and past issues for the year 2004 are listed below.
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13 September 2004 (Vol. 5, No. 38)
Confronting a Cult of Death
The slaughter in Breslyn, Russia comes from a terrorist cult of death that should be universally rejected. An additional way to combat it is for the West to welcome Muslim immigrants.
6 September 2004 (Vol. 5, No. 37)
Reforms Both Parties Should Support
America in 2004 desperately needs reforms that will benefit everyone, including the poor, rather than merely paying lip service to the idea. Both parties should support them but do not.
30 August 2004 (Vol. 5, No. 36)
No Straight Talk about Prescription Drug Re-Importation
When George Bush and John Kerry talk about drug re-importation, they ignore the reasons for high drug prices and the reasons for lower prices overseas.
23 August 2004 (Vol. 5, No. 35)
Resolving Public Subsidies of Wal-Mart Health Care Costs
Tax policies, not employers, are responsible for rising health care costs. The solution is to make all health insurance and out-of-pocket health care expenses individually tax deductible.
16 August 2004 (Vol. 5, No. 34)
Microsoft Minnesota Settlement Transfers Millions to Lawyers
Microsoft consumers get small vouchers while lawyers seek $59.4 million plus expenses. This is wealth transfer on a grand scale and is happening all the time.
9 August 2004 (Vol. 5, No. 33)
Social Security Has No Investments
A Lutheran investment magazine advises us to save a million dollars for retirement, but Social Security has nothing whatsoever invested for tens of millions of retirees.
2 August 2004 (Vol. 5, No. 32)
Islam's Ninety-Five Theses?
To this non-Muslim, Irshad Manji's The Trouble with Islam can be compared to Martin Luther's 1517 "Ninety-Five Theses" and is worth reading for believers of all faiths.
26 July 2004 (Vol. 5, No. 31)
The Problem with Our Schools Is Us
Our schools' challenges involve not just money, but also student behavior, parental attitudes, and our communities' attitudes towards education.
22 July 2004 (Vol. 5, No. 30)
Lawsuit Frenzy over Minnesota's Timber Wolves
The environmental success story with Minnesota's timber wolves is overshadowed by yet another lawsuit in an environmental litigation craze.
19 July 2004 (Vol. 5, No. 29)
Surely We Can Do Better
In a country of almost 300 million people, we ought to be able to field better candidates than the six men currently running for president and vice president.
13 July 2004 (Vol. 5, No. 28)
Bridging Generational and Political Differences
This column resumes after a two-year lapse in an effort to propose solutions that bridge generational and political differences.
Publication was suspended for the first half of 2004 (Vol. 5, No. 1-27). For an explanation, see the 19 Aug. 2002 issue (Vol. 3, No. 11) and the 13 July 2004 issue (Vol. 5, No. 28).
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