Trouble for the Teachers Union: The Surface Cracks

Thankfully, someone has decided to take the teachers' union to task. Two parents in the Poudre School District (Fort Collins) have filed a complaint with the Colorado Secretary of State's office against the Poudre Education Association (PEA) for violating the state's Constitution and Fair Campaign Practices Act. The specific charges include: 1. Failure to report coordination of electioneering activities with State Senate candidate Bob Bacon. (You may remember Bacon beat Republican Ft. Collins mayor Ray Martinez in one of 2004's heavily contended races.) 2. Failure to report expenditures compensating volunteers for their work on the Bacon campaign. 3. Using public school district facilities and resources for partisan political … [Read more...]

Intervening on Terri’s Behalf

This is the first time I've blogged on this particular case. But the exigency of the circumstances - they will begin starving Terri Schiavo tomorrow (!) - has broken my silence. Blogs for Terri has put together the most concerted effort on her behalf. It is updated very regularly to let you know what you can do. Jared has done excellent work - migraine and all - to spread the call for action, and has also made one of the more clear and cogent arguments for keeping in her feeding tube. Hugh is publicizing the issue on his show today. A lot of leading figures in Florida, including Governor Jeb Bush, are working to find any legal option they can to rescue Terri. Besides adding your voice to those speaking up for a defenseless woman, … [Read more...]

A Quarter Century Ago

Was it really 25 years ago today that a once ragtag band of amateur US hockey players coached by Herb Brooks turned the international sports world on its ear with an amazing 4-3 medal round victory over the invincible Soviet machine? You can almost hear the echo of Al Michael's voice: "Do you believe in miracles??? YES!" For a brief while in February 1980, the United States most certainly did believe in miracles. 25 years ago.... … [Read more...]

Forget Presidents Day

If any day in February is worthy of an official government holiday, we should be celebrating TODAY. Why? Because George Washington was born on this day 273 years ago: February 22, 1732. This blog post is neither the time nor the place to extend a full tribute to George Washington, our nation's first President. Yet "First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen," Washington is certainly worthy of the honor and commemoration. No figure in American history deserves more than Washington to have his birthday celebrated by Americans in our time. (And I say this as one of the biggest Lincoln aficionados you'll find.) … [Read more...]

It Keeps Looking Worse for CU

Why did the University of Colorado rush to award Ward Churchill tenure back in 1991? Was it because the University of California system was courting him? According to a report in today's Rocky Mountain News, that wasn't the case at all, having interviewed an official who was in the know: "He wasn't really a serious candidate because of his lack of credentials," said George Wayne, a former vice president for student academic services at California State University, Sacramento. "The lack of a doctorate was one factor," Wayne said Monday. "Also, he wasn't writing learned articles - they were advocacy articles that could appear anywhere." California got it. So why couldn't Colorado? Wayne thinks CU officials were simply … [Read more...]

Legislative Committee Dismisses Independence Institute-Reason Report

The Joint Budget Committee of the Colorado General Assembly met this afternoon to discuss the merits of the report Priority Colorado, co-sponsored by the Independence Institute and the Reason Public Policy Institute, recommending efficiencies that could be achieved to save money spent by the Colorado state government. In the end, the committee largely dismissed its proposals. The report burst onto the scene 10 days ago, throwing a wrench into the State Capitol's prevailing paradigm that something either needed to be done to the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) or vital state programs would need to be cut in order to fix the state's budget problems. Priority Colorado suggested a series of other possible reforms to balance the … [Read more...]

America-Hater on the Right?

Boston Globe columnist Cathy Young tries to turn the tables on those attacking Ward Churchill by pouring some light on the scholarship of historian Thomas Woods, Jr., author of "The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History" and co-founder of the pro-secession League of the South. (Hat tip: Real Clear Politics) UNC law professor Eric Muller has been on the case of Woods already at length. Both Muller and Young have raked Woods over the coals, as his controversial book climbs the bestseller charts. It looks to me as if we may have a new punching bag for the Left. To what extent does the history professor deserve such excoriation? Muller and Young say Woods has received highly insufficient critique from the political and … [Read more...]

Four Rules of Communication

Proverbs 27:17 "Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." As promised, I wanted to share some of what I learned at the recent Biblical Counseling Conference. The truths we learned were first applicable to me as a growing Christian, though they are also things I am now more equipped to share with others. Among the foundation stones are the four rules of communication, revealed in Ephesians 4:25-32. Just a little background first... 1. Believers can learn to solve problems biblically and build good relationships - especially for the husband-wife but in all aspects of life. 2. The Bible tells us some important facts about our communication. (James 3:2, Proverbs 18:21) 3. The book of Ephesians provides some tremendous help … [Read more...]