Op-Ed

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

Op-Ed: Culture of Fear Where Freedom Goes to Die

My Op-Ed ran in today’s Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Enjoy! On Saturday 16 May, many Idaho businesses were allowed to reopen with restrictions. My family patronized Moscow’s Tapped for dinner that first day. Per Idaho Gov. Little’s Stage 2 guidance, Moscow restaurants were to submit their reopening plans for pre-approval to the Idaho North Central Public …

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Back To Normal: Conservatives Go To Work While Liberals Stay Home

U.S.—Americans in some states are finally starting to feel normal again, now that stay-at-home orders are being lifted. Children are at the park again, adults are back at the bar, and the elderly continue to play bingo at 4 p.m. sharp on a daily basis. https://babylonbee.com/news/back-to-normal-conservatives-go-to-work-while-liberals-stay-home/

Op-Ed: Response to Gier’s Coronavirus Column

My Op-Ed ran in today’s Idaho State Journal. Enjoy!  I appreciate the Idaho State Journal allowing me to respond to Professor Gier’s May 8th editorial regarding Sweden’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic (Coronavirus deaths may be undercounted by 60 percent). To the layman, the data emerging from Sweden can be complex and nuanced, but properly …

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Op-Ed: Response to Gier’s Coronavirus Column

My Op-Ed ran in today’s Idaho State Journal. Enjoy!  I appreciate the Idaho State Journal allowing me to respond to Professor Gier’s May 8th editorial regarding Sweden’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic (Coronavirus deaths may be undercounted by 60 percent). To the layman, the data emerging from Sweden can be complex and nuanced, but properly …

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Op-Ed: With COVID-19, we should be allowing personal risk assessment

My Op-Ed ran in today’s Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Enjoy! I remain highly critical of the US’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. We were sold on a binary solution: complete lockdown or doing nothing at all. But why a nationwide shutdown in response to a virus with negligible risk to most of the population, those 4-50 …

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OpEd: Palouse Should be Released from the Lockdown

My Op-Ed ran in today’s Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Enjoy! As I mentioned in my last two Op-Eds (here and here): rather than isolating the infected, quarantining the exposed and the vulnerable, and social distancing everyone else, America treats everyone as infected. Swedish professor Johan Giesecke is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading epidemiologists, and as …

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Op-Ed: A Common-Sense Approach to the COVID-19 Pandemic

My OpEd ran in today’s Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Enjoy! As I mentioned in my last Op-Ed (Singapore made the right moves regarding COVID-19), I am highly critical of the United States’ handling of the coronavirus pandemic. To protect Americans from this deadly virus, the government decided to shut down the entire country except for “essential” …

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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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