Growing Up With Nelson Mandela

Posted by on Dec 8, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

NOTE: This piece was published by the Huffington Post on Dec. 6, 2013. The greatest American civil rights leader of my lifetime was a South African. I say this not just because Nelson Mandela’s fight for equality and justice followed a path blazed by Henry David Thoreau and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I say this because he carried the torch for freedom at a time when it was under siege throughout the world. He held it high and with dignity,...

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STEM Sells: Getting The Female Perspective On Math

Posted by on Nov 30, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

NOTE: This piece was published by the Huffington Post on Nov. 27, 2013. Have you seen this viral video of three little girls building a Rube Goldberg-style “Princess Machine”? It was made by GoldieBlox, which is trying to encourage a love of math and engineering by designing construction toys “from the female perspective.” Set aside the complaints that it’s sexist to assign a “perspective” to women. I...

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President Obama’s Press Conference on the Affordable Care Act

Posted by on Nov 17, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

NOTE: This piece was published by the Huffington Post on November 15, 2013. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you. It’s been six weeks since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s new marketplace was open for business. And business is booming! In the first month, 106,000 people have successfully signed up to get covered. This is about one-tenth of one percent of those who actually logged on to the website. I am confident that,...

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HOW TO SPEAK ‘POLITICIAN’

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

NOTE: This piece was published by the Huffington Post on October 28, 2013. So you want to learn how to speak “Politician.” Terrific! First, you’ll have to unlearn traditional English, with its emphasis on making rational thoughts clear through words. Instead, obfuscate with half-truths — or better yet, quarter- and eighth-truths. Express righteous indignation over minor matters. Practice your hyperbole. Disingenuously...

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A Speech For Sen. Ted Cruz

Posted by on Oct 26, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

WHERE: Iowa GOP Reagan Dinner WHEN: Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 Thank you. It is an honor to join you tonight. First, a message for the media. Yes, I am running. I’m going to hit the hotel treadmill around 7 a.m tomorrow. Right after I watch Duck Dynasty. It is frankly a relief to escape Washington this time of the year. And I don’t mean because of the weather. You might have noticed that Congress’s approval ratings have fallen to a record...

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Classroom Chaos Sparks School Revolt

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

Education is a promise to our children. It is heartbreaking when that promise is broken. On a hill overlooking Interstate 81 in Harrisburg, PA, four miles from the eponymous river, stands Susquehanna Township High School, where hundreds of broken-hearted students, parents and teachers gathered on Sept. 23 to ask why. Why have nearly 20 percent of the school district’s teaching staff resigned or retired since January 2012? Why was an...

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