Should Governments Erect Statues?

In response to the police killing of George Floyd, and to a resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, protesters across the country have recently removed or vandalized statues celebrating Confederate soldiers, founding fathers, and explorers. Some cities and states have preemptively removed or covered such statues to reduce the likelihood of conflict. Those advocating for statue removal argue that honoring … Continue reading Should Governments Erect Statues?

FDA Should Help Defeat Another Viral Epidemic—HIV—By Reclassifying PrEP And PEP Over The Counter

Last October, California expanded the scope of practice of pharmacists to allow them to prescribe HIV pre‐​exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post‐​exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to people at risk. Similar legislation is currently being considered by the New York state legislature. I have argued here that the Food and Drug Administration should reclassify PrEP and PEP as over the counter. While allowing pharmacists … Continue reading FDA Should Help Defeat Another Viral Epidemic—HIV—By Reclassifying PrEP And PEP Over The Counter

Supreme Court to Hear Case of Georgia Students Denied First Amendment Rights

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case brought by the Alliance Defending Freedom of two former Georgia college students who were prevented from sharing their faith on their college campus. “The bottom line is this: Government officials must be held responsible for enacting and enforcing policies that trample students’ constitutionally protected freedoms,” John Bursch, senior … Continue reading Supreme Court to Hear Case of Georgia Students Denied First Amendment Rights

Taxpayers Need to Hold Public Schools Accountable

School districts around the country have been announcing reopening possibilities for the upcoming school year. The options often include full-time virtual learning, two or three in-person days at school, or a combination of the two. In a few districts, I’ve seen four or five suggestions. Public schools in Fairfax County, Virginia, one of the wealthiest counties in … Continue reading Taxpayers Need to Hold Public Schools Accountable

Collective Bargaining in State and Local Government

Congress is debating bills to address police misconduct as well as to provide further aid to state and local governments struggling with budget deficits. But the states can address both issues themselves with one reform: repealing collective bargaining for public workers. State and local workforces are heavily unionized with 39 percent of workers covered by … Continue reading Collective Bargaining in State and Local Government

Hong Kong Safe Harbor Act Offers Escape to Persecuted Hong Kongers

A bipartisan group of senators and congressmen have introduced new legislation to facilitate the protection of persecuted residents of Hong Kong. The bill responds to China’s new “national security” law that allows mainland China’s national security agencies to operate in Hong Kong and target proponents of Hong Kong independence with up to life in prison. This is similar to … Continue reading Hong Kong Safe Harbor Act Offers Escape to Persecuted Hong Kongers

Harper’s Open Letter Critical of ‘Cancel Culture’ Should Be Applauded, Not Canceled

Harper’s Magazine published “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate” online this week, and the contents—as well as the names of some of those who signed the letter—have caused quite a commotion. A precursor to the print version, which will appear in the October edition of the magazine, the July 7 letter is a rallying cry for intellectual … Continue reading Harper’s Open Letter Critical of ‘Cancel Culture’ Should Be Applauded, Not Canceled

More Americans Want to Increase Immigration Than Reduce It

Gallup produces the longest‐​running poll on immigration going back to 1965. Since then, it has asked the same question: Thinking now about immigrants — that is, people who come from other countries to live here in the United States, in your view, should immigration be kept at its present level, increased or decreased? For the first … Continue reading More Americans Want to Increase Immigration Than Reduce It

New Jobs Report Suggests Americans Eager to Return to Work After Lockdown

Expert predictions were shattered again, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy added 4.8 million jobs and the unemployment rate fell by 2.2 percentage points to 11.1%. The new jobs report suggests that Americans are eager to return to work, after many were temporarily unemployed due to an effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. … Continue reading New Jobs Report Suggests Americans Eager to Return to Work After Lockdown