Free stuff in higher education

As I get ready for the beginning of new school year, I’ve been pondering the Democrat suggestions for making public colleges tuition free and paying off student loans. Bernie Sanders’ proposal would make two- and four-year public and tribal colleges and universities tuition-free and debt-free. He also plans to erase the roughly $1.6 trillion in … Continue reading Free stuff in higher education

The miracle on the plains

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is something of an economic and social miracle that has most people scratching their heads. Since 1990, the population has grown nearly 70 percent to more than 250,000. The city doesn’t have a major university while the state capital of Pierre (pronounced PEER for those from out of the state) is … Continue reading The miracle on the plains

The flight from hell

It took more time this week to fly from my home in Philadelphia to Sioux Falls, South Dakota than it takes me to go from the East Coast to China, including some of the rudest and unhelpful airline personnel on American Airlines I’ve ever met. As I arrived at the airport last Thursday, I got … Continue reading The flight from hell

You don’t need to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows

If you paid any attention to Tropical Storm Barry, you had to be ready for Armageddon. NBC’s Al Roker provided some unsolicited advice to the people of New Orleans: If he lived there, he would “make plans now” to evacuate. That was precisely the opposite advice provided by New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell or Gov. … Continue reading You don’t need to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows

Antifa and the media

It would seem that Andy Ngo has the proper credentials for the mainstream media to support him. He’s a journalist and the gay son of Vietnamese immigrants. Unfortunately, he’s also conservative. That means that the mainstream press either ignored him or made jokes about him when he was seriously injured by Antifa thugs in Portland, … Continue reading Antifa and the media

Kamala and the San Francisco machine

If people really want Kamala Harris to become president, it’s important to look at her political pedigree. Harris comes from one of the most corrupt political machines in the country: San Francisco. She was groomed by boyfriend Willie Brown, the longtime speaker of the California State Assembly and former mayor of San Francisco. She was … Continue reading Kamala and the San Francisco machine

The wonkette for president?

It’s not often that I find that I agree with, a mostly leftist online magazine. But I recently reread a piece that argues that American voters don’t want a wonk for president, but journalists do. “Much political commentary and public debate seem to assume that the president is all powerful. But while the president … Continue reading The wonkette for president?

The motley crew of Democrats

A recent headline in The New York Times Magazine read: “23 Democrats Are Running for President. Do Any of Them Know What They’re Doing?” The article includes some nuggets—as does other political reporting from the mainstream media that demonstrate the dirty double dozen really don't know what they're doing. According to DaTimes, Amy Klobuchar likes … Continue reading The motley crew of Democrats

Hubris and impeachment

Jumping on the impeachment bandwagon, The New York Times has allowed a 20-something editorial assistant to argue for the House to present a bill of particulars against President Trump. In one of the worst journalistic offenses in recent months, DaTimes allowed Ian Prasad Philbrick to create the news organization’s own articles of impeachment based on those … Continue reading Hubris and impeachment

On board the Democrat train wreck

For some unimaginable reason the Democrats have decided that they can get my vote, bombarding me with insider polls, fundraising requests, and information about a variety of campaigns. I get emails from Team Joe that provide an insight into the fallacious attacks against President Trump. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of energy in … Continue reading On board the Democrat train wreck

Joe Biden’s corrupt hometown

Joe Biden likes to talk about his roots in Scranton, Pennsylvania. What he doesn’t talk about is how Scranton is one of the most politically corrupt cities in the country today and has been so for years. After federal officials recently convicted more than two dozen local officials from Scranton area, The Philadelphia Inquirer called … Continue reading Joe Biden’s corrupt hometown

Ageism: the forgotten form of discrimination

Ageism doesn’t get the headlines that other -isms do, but it’s just as prevalent in the workplace as any of the other forms of discrimination. I’m actually quite good at my job. But my new supervisor has decided I’m not meeting  his standards. During the past semester, I earned student ratings of 4.7 out of five, … Continue reading Ageism: the forgotten form of discrimination

Is a college degree worth it?

As a college professor for 25 years, I have started to think a degree may not be worth it. A liberal arts degree has become exactly that: a degree in liberalism. The average cost for tuition is about $10,000 a year at state schools for residents and $25,000 for out-of-state residents. Private colleges run more … Continue reading Is a college degree worth it?

Diversity of opinion is not welcome here

The retirement party for a longtime colleague happens tomorrow, but I’m not welcome to attend. That’s because she thinks I’m a racist. After working together for 14 years, she hasn’t spoken to me after I wrote last year about how five teenagers surrounded me, harassed me, and spat on me. The teenagers were young African-American … Continue reading Diversity of opinion is not welcome here

A Farewell to China

The government of China apparently has decided it doesn't want me to teach journalism there. For the past four years, I have traveled each summer to Guangzhou in South China, where I have taught research and reporting in the International School of Jinan University. But the permissions from the government proved so restrictive this year … Continue reading A Farewell to China