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Our society’s large Medicaid lie

August 18, 2011 When Lyndon B. Johnson first created Medicaid, it was characterized as a safety net for the poorest of the poor. In the decades since, the program has expanded dramatically beyond that purpose. more »»

Freedom chimes, or death knells?

August 5, 2011 Another July, the month of the nation’s birth, has just passed. The flags, the parades, the fireworks, etc., have again reminded us of the freedom we enjoy as a county. more »»

There’s plenty to come home to

July 29, 2011 Warren, Ohio. “Where the heck is that?” an outsider might ask. “Some place you pass through between Cleveland and Pittsburgh.” But Warren is home. more »»

Through the eyes of a newcomer

July 26, 2011 In spite of what others said or thought, my wife and I were looking forward to coming to Trumbull County. We knew it would take time to get to know people and the area and we set out to do just tha. more »»

Climate change: Follow science

July 20, 2011 Dr. James McClintock, a renowned University of Alabama-Birmingham marine biologist who has conducted research in Antarctica for more than 25 years, told me the following story. more »»

GM’s CEO covering his cynicism

July 18, 2011 Are Americans a ‘‘generous’’ people? General Motors Co. CEO Dan Akerson says so, but I’ll bet he’d rather not put that proposition to the test. more »»

My first law of political economics

July 17, 2011 I am immodestly proposing a new law (well, it’s new to me, anyway). With apologies to Sir Isaac Newton, I call it Letson’s First Law of Political Economics. more »»

Time to bring the troops home

July 12, 2011 As he was announcing his second increase in troops for Afghanistan in December 2009, President Obama promised that by July 2011 those troops would begin coming home. more »»

Which text should be taught?

July 6, 2011 A recent article about the First Amendment in the Christian Science Monitor reflects how differently libertarians think about religious and educational liberty compared to non-libertarians. more »»

Smart way to cut prison costs

July 5, 2011 Here is one way to cut the federal budget deficit we have not heard much about: early release options —that have to be earned — for thousands of nonviolent prisoners held behind bars at great expense. more »»

Shoddy science, pudgy policies

June 30, 2011 The federal government’s famed ‘’food pyramid’’ is on its way out, to be replaced by something resembling a plate or, somewhat ironically, a pie chart. more »»

Health plan is bad for Ohio

June 29, 2011 The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would be a great title if it actually protected patients or made health care more affordable. more »»

Slow to judge, loath to anger

May 29, 2011 Two reports were recently issued that have not received the publicity they would seem to deserve. One deals with the Toyota ‘‘sudden acceleration’’ issue and the other with the Gulf oil spill. more »»

Fix the immigration system

May 18, 2011 Most Americans don’t recognize it, but farmers and the food they put on our tables play an important role in the high quality of life we enjoy. more »»

Act now to avoid a crowd

May 11, 2011 Twenty billion more people crammed onto our planet by 2100? According to the UN, that’s what could happen if today’s fertility rates don’t decline. more »»

Hazards should be recognized

May 9, 2011 Although the federal government still seems not to understand the concept of economic moral hazard, it seems a few state attorneys general do. more »»

What do we really deserve?

May 5, 2011 Yes, you heard me right. I deserve what you earn. If you want to understand the real source of the nation’s budget crisis, look at me. more »»

Belt tightening in Pennsylvania

March 16, 2011 Pennsylvania’s new governor, Tom Corbett, has submitted his first budget to the state legislature. It includes proposals for spending cuts and no new taxes. more »»

Rules make it tough to help

March 7, 2011 When governor-elect John Kasich announced two cabinet appointments at a December news conference, he made some off-the-cuff comments that I found very interesting. more »»



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