Op-Ed

Dale’s bi-weekly Op-Ed articles that run in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.

Op-Ed: Singapore made the right moves regarding COVID-19

My Op-Ed on the Singaporean strategy for combating the Coronavirus ran in today’s Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Let me know what you think! In 2011 I had the opportunity to travel to Singapore. It is the most beautiful, clean, and safe metropolitan that I have ever visited. This city-state of 5.6 million people is larger than …

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Op-Ed: Why socialism in the US scares me to death

My bi-weekly Op-Ed ran in today’s Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Here is the unedited version.   Enjoy!  During my junior year of college (1979-1980), I had the opportunity to study Physics at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. Forty years ago this very month, I visited the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) and Czechoslovakia. It was …

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Op-Ed: Census no longer resembles what our Founding Fathers intended

My Op-Ed ran in today’s Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Enjoy!  As a strict constitutionalist, I support the decennial census the way the Founding Fathers intended it to be used: allocating House seats and determining a head-tax. Article 1, Section 2, Clause 3 of the US Constitution says: “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the …

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His View: Mandatory Gratuities Hurt Quality of Service

My Op-Ed ran in today’s Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Enjoy!  I am not a fan of the oxymoronic “mandatory gratuity.” The move in Washington State and by some Moscow restaurants to shift to mandatory gratuity changes the entire dynamic of food service in those restaurants. Incentives matter, and the waitstaff in these restaurants are less incentivized …

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His View: Educational fads address problems that do not exist

My Op-Ed ran in today’s Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Enjoy!  The Moscow School District’s recent experiments with Competency-Based Education remind me of the educational fads practiced on me in the mid-1960s and 70s. Each hindered my education more than the last. The first education experiment was “Whole Language“ (Sight Reading/See-Say) in first grade. Brilliant Harvard PhD’s …

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His View: The effects of higher wages and increased regulation

My OpEd ran in today’s Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Enjoy!  The recent Moscow-Pullman Daily News article (High wages and tougher regulations worry local merchants) highlights Pullman businesses’ anxiety about three changes coming out of Olympia: first, Washington state minimum wage rising 12.5 percent on Jan. 1; second, the odious regulations being imposed on restaurant and hospitality …

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His View: It’s not voter suppression; it’s the law

My OpEd ran in today’s Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Enjoy! Bill Parks’ Op-Ed response (Students who live here have a right to vote here) shows that his real disagreement is with Idaho law governing residency classification, and Idaho’s justification concerning student voting, which I argue we should uphold. There is nothing wrong with disagreeing with Idaho …

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His View: Unalienable Rights Can’t Be Source Of Own Destruction

My OpEd ran in today’s Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Enjoy! In 1689, John Locke argued that political society exists for the sake of protecting one’s natural right to “life, liberty, and estate.” Thomas Jefferson extended Locke’s thesis, stating in the Declaration that we have unalienable rights to “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” With every …

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His View: College degrees and the uneducation of America

My OpEd ran in today’s Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Enjoy! When I was a child, we had Vocational-Technical schools that were trade schools for students not bound for college. They provided vocation-specific training and skills (carpenter, mechanic, electrician, plumber, painter, welder, etc.) for entering directly into the workforce. These schools would help place their students with …

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His View: Thoughts on Patriotism, Nationalism, and Globalism

My OpEd ran in today’s Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Enjoy! There seems to be a growing trend in suburban/middle-class sentiment that simple acts of patriotism like flying an American flag will get you labeled a “nationalist.” What is a nationalist? Some think of war hawks like John Bolton. Others define a nationalist as someone who is …

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His View: No One Is a Climate Change Denier, Part 2

My second column on Climate Change Denial ran in today’s Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Enjoy! I appreciate the interaction concerning the Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) hypothesis. This hypothesis assumes that human activity is completely responsible for all warming that we experience today. As with any scientific hypothesis, the burden lies with AGW proponents to demonstrate that …

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His View: Measles cases demand perspective, not panic

My OpEd ran in yesterday’s Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Enjoy! When I entered the navy in 1981, I ran the gauntlet of medical corpsmen with jet injectors giving every inoculation conceivable, including vaccinations for measles, mumps, and chickenpox (even though I already had those three diseases as a child). Because military members can be deployed anywhere …

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