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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic…and Religion?

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic…and Religion?

by Michael Barbella American education has traditionally focused on three basic skills: reading, writing, and arithmetic, known as the three “R’s.” Today, an effort is underway in the United States to add a fourth “R” to the mix—religion. Lawmakers in numerous states...

Whose DNA Is It Anyway?

Whose DNA Is It Anyway?

by Maria Wood Commercial DNA testing kits from such companies as 23andMe and AncestryDNA have helped millions of Americans uncover their genetic heritage and find long-lost relatives. In some cases, adoptees have even discovered their birth parents through DNA...

Making Your Choice and Your Vote Count

Making Your Choice and Your Vote Count

by Jodi L. Miller It’s 2020, an election year, so once again the nation’s attention turns to the way Americans vote and electoral reforms to make that vote count. One electoral reform that is usually front and center is the use of ranked choice voting (RCV), sometimes...

Battling Over How to Elect a President

Battling Over How to Elect a President

by Michael Barbella The debate on how the President of the United States should be elected is almost as old as the country itself. Contrary to popular belief, voters do not elect the president and vice president directly; instead, they choose electors to form an...

Should the Voting Age be Lowered Again?

Should the Voting Age be Lowered Again?

by Maria Wood Since our nation’s founding, who has the right to vote has changed dramatically. In the beginning, the franchise was limited to white, land-owning males. Today, the right can’t be denied to any citizen 18 years of age or older, regardless of gender or...

When You Can’t Believe Your Eyes

When You Can’t Believe Your Eyes

by Michael Barbella There is a saying that “seeing is believing” and another that says the “camera doesn’t lie.” New technology is challenging both notions. In April 2019, former President Barack Obama issued a public warning about phony digital content and reality...