Right Side

Right Side: Prison Reform

Better questions are often more illuminating than answers. In the muddy waters of prison reform, clarity is rarely achieved by simply spouting, “If you do the crime, you do the time,” or “actions have consequences.” There’s nothing wrong with these clichés, but…

Right Side: Should College be Free?

I’ve changed. I once believed … actually, let me rephrase that; I often spoke publicly with the aid of a microphone about the sanctity of the free market. I railed against the federal government meddling financially in services that weren’t a blip…

Right Side: Qualifications for Presidency

Here’s a thought experiment: try to come up with a job where a lack of experience is a plus. Electric fence tester comes to mind. In most jobs and ventures, we value experience as a qualification above most others. It’s…

Right Side: Developing Alternative Energy Sources

The standard Anti-Green argument against alternative energies goes something like, “We do not need them because climate change is a hoax propagated by left-wing college researchers. And socialists in Europe. Any changes to our climate are not caused by human…

Right Side: The GOP Tax Plan

There is a scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in which the teacher, played by Ben Stein, drones on about the Smoot-Hawley Tariff.  Bludgeoned with boredom, saliva spills from students’ mouths and heart rhythms slow to a trickle. It is…

Right Side: NFL Players Kneeling During the National Anthem

Have you ever been part of a conversation in which you can't figure out why people are complaining about the wrong thing? For example: Them: "Oh Lovey, I just don't understand how they could put that tile in the bathroom." You: "Um, what…

Right Side: Political Debates In Media

I initially thought I would begin this article with a Chinese parable about the futility of shouting at the skies and cursing the weather. But, then I remembered the Oscar Wilde quote, "Conversation about the weather is the last refuge…

Right Side: First Amendment Rights

There's one phrase that's often in the beginning of every class, be it about firearms, childbirth or cranial tattoos: "Let's start with the basics." I will follow tradition. As we opine on this issue's topic of free speech, let's start…

Right Side: Women's Rights and Sexism

Here we go again—another middle-aged man pontificating on something that supposedly should only be considered by women. Apparently I am not qualified to discuss, much less write, about the seedy pervasiveness of sexism in American culture due to my chromosome,…

Right Side: Pride Assemblies in Public Schools

I remember the fat kid in high school. Of course, there was more than one, but I specifically remember this kid in particular because I recall some of the things people said about him. You can imagine that "big boned"…

Right Side: A House Divided

It was the battle of the tallest dwarves, or, if you like, a race between the Titanic and the Lusitania. Maybe there is a presidential contest somewhere in American history that was more repellant than that of 2016, but I…

Right Side: The War Over Women

The Pentagon has demanded that all branches of our military figure out a way to open its ranks to combat roles for women, including special forces. There have been a few successes so far within the Army Rangers, but the progress is slow elsewhere.

Right Side: Family Values

Just As We Try To Keep Distance Between The Government And How We Raise Our Own Children, We Must Also Restrain The Reach Of Government Into Private Business

Right Side: This Is Not a Drill—For Now

I have no doubt that in June of 1969 a magazine editor somewhere wanted a columnist to write a piece on why the proposed moon landing would fail. Yet, as dusk set on July 20 the filed recipes for rhubarb…

Rigth Side-Issues With Objectification

Once again we find two men prattling on about “women’s issues.” The way this conversation usually shakes out is that the man on the left (see previous page), will state emphatically that although women have come a long way in…

Right Side-Reading, Writing ... And Religion?

If you turn right at the end of my street, it will bring you to Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School in one mile. Turn left, and you’ll find yourself at Providence Elementary in roughly the same distance. If you’d like…

Right Side-Dollars for Defense

It has been said that budgets are moral documents because they represent the priorities of a country. Actually, there’s a big difference between morals and needs, but you get the idea. So, when there is commentary that it is immoral…

Rightside-Sex and Selfies

To dispense with any deciphering on your part, the following paragraphs will be about the sexual morals of teenagers, which I’m told is in great decline. This is a popular concern of many parents, school administrators, those of the cloth,…

Rightside - A Polarized Public

It must be quite the experience to be a divorce lawyer. Day after day listening to two sides, each person convinced they’re right, thereby making the other wrong. If the climate change debate ever goes to court, those divorce lawyers…

Rightside Zoning Out

I spend quite a bit of time proselytizing about the benefits of the free market, including how individual choice is a better divining rod than edicts from the Central Committee’s Clubhouse. But, just like certain recent Carnival Cruise trips have…

Right Side Deadly Decisions

There are practices and traditions that we as a society have moved beyond for which we should congratulate ourselves. Scarlet letters, bloodletting, banishment, pantsuits, etc. The separation from such antiquated contrivances shows human progression in thought, science and the cherished…

Right Side Media Mistakes

Once upon a time there was a baseball announcer for the local little league teams. He knew all the players, all their parents, the history of the league, the dimensions of all the fields, and how much those giant ring…

Right Side: Roll Of The Dice

I’m not sure who to believe. Depending on with whom you talk, bringing gambling to town will result in one of two extremes: moral depravity or tax dollar jackpot. Which means slot machines are just like gay marriage and the…