Bowra: What to do with Operation Fast and Furious

Last week I had the opportunity to listen in on a conference call and speak with House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa.  He discussed Operation Fast and Furious, a program the Obama Administration implemented that caused the death of border patrol agent Brian Terry last December.

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Bowra: Do we need a Department of Education?

The Department of Education was founded in May of 1980 as a way for the Federal government to better serve American students.  It was a way for them to monitor the learning experience in schools, see which were working the best, and to give additional funding to school districts that needed it.  It was designed to make sure each child had an equal opportunity for the best education they could possibly have. 

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McAulay: Through the Eyes of the Youth, 9/11

Most everyone remembers where they were on September 11, 2001, sadly, I am no exception. I was 6 years old, and in Kindergarten. I remember my Principle coming into our classroom and whispering in my teacher’s ear. My teacher immediately turned on the news, despite her better judgment, and all of sudden a world that seemed so perfect to me, was now shattered by the horrific footage being displayed on the TV screen. Part of me wonders if seeing that footage lead me to my strong Love and Patriotism for America, but at that point I was a 6 year old terrified of what I was being exposed to, evil at its greatest  extent.

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Bowra: Defining Patriotism

Patriotism is something that most Americans pride themselves in.  Everywhere, you see the “Proud to be American” signs and stickers, you see flags waving high and proud.  Most people take this for granted, either as something they assume they already have or something they do not need to focus too much on having.  One person not caring enough won’t make too much of a difference, will it?

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McAulay: “The Birds of a Feather, Flock Together”: Ending the Divisions

What if we lived in a world that no one cared about what “their group” was telling them to do, and instead they just did what was right? Everyone knows the phrase, “Birds of a feather, flock together.” But why do we let that define us? Why are we not willing to work across the aisle? This is an everyday issue, and in the political world it is extremely evident.  It is time we end this bi-partisanship. We must fight for what is right, no matter who the opposition is.

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