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Joseph Horton

    Fri, July 28, 2017

    Gambling: Losing Your Way to Fiscal Health

    While Illinois, Connecticut, and New Jersey have been making national headlines for their respective budget fiascos, Pennsylvania has been under the radar with its own problems. The legislature has ...

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    Mon, July 10, 2017

    Life is Worth Fighting For

    The story of Charlie Gard is sparking outrage throughout the world. As the Wall Street Journal put it, the doctors who are caring for 11-month-old Charlie Gard “have won judges’ permission to ...

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    Fri, February 10, 2017

    Boy Scouts: Kind No More

    The Boy Scouts have announced that children who are biologically female but identify as male may now be scouts. By so doing they have joined a movement whose understanding of gender would make ...

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    Wed, November 02, 2016

    Inside Story of Roe v Wade

    Since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, courts have struck down many attempts by state governments to regulate the abortion industry. Just this past summer a Texas law requiring abortion-providing ...

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    Mon, May 02, 2016

    Conservative Solutions for Just Wages

    There is much talk and action right now on the issue of a minimum or "just" wage. Typically, those who favor raising the minimum wage tend to the liberal camp. However, some of those who ...

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    Fri, November 20, 2015

    Tears for Gosnell's House of Horrors

    I recently saw the documentary "3801 Lancaster: An American Tragedy." I went home and cried. I don't mean tears of joy. No, I cried.

    The last time I cried ...

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    Wed, September 03, 2014

    Marriage is Challenging

    I like good news, except when the good news turns out to be false. Recently it has been reported that we have been misled by social scientists for decades about the divorce rate in the United States. ...

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    Wed, February 19, 2014

    The Politics of Envy

    I was excited when I learned that the parents of a student I knew produced a product my family used and enjoyed. His response to me was "Yea, they're getting rich off you." He was quite ...

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    Fri, January 31, 2014

    Better Marriage Through Marketing

    Everyone is happy when they are engaged, even those who will eventually divorce. The feelings people have going into marriage do not predict the future of the relationship. Therefore I recommend that ...

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    Mon, August 26, 2013

    Stop Eating the Marshmallows

    In a classic psychological study, hungry four-year-olds were offered a marshmallow. They were told that if they could wait about 20 minutes before eating, they could have two marshmallows instead of ...

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    Fri, January 11, 2013

    Free to be Healthy

    So how is that New Year's resolution diet going? Will the long-term results be better than the last diet? For the majority of us, even successful diets are unsuccessful. We may lose weight, but it ...

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    Fri, August 24, 2012

    Growth, Not Gifts

    President Obama has been arguing for a number of plans to reduce the burden of student loans such as artificially low interest rates and allowing for some loans to be discharged through bankruptcy. ...

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    Mon, October 03, 2011

    Debt Control or Bondage?

    The student-loan checks for the fall semester have now been cashed. Round one of the Federal debt-limit debate is over, but round two may soon begin. Should we be experiencing feelings of control or ...

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    Sun, July 24, 2011

    A Free Speech Challenge for Parents

    Should a 13-year-old be able to purchase a school-shooting simulator without
    parents' knowledge or consent?

    The Supreme Court says that freedom of speech ...

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    Fri, June 03, 2011

    Persist for Airport Freedom

    A "Woman Screams for Help After TSA Molestation," and the "Texas Pat Down Ban May Be Back." Those are just two of the headlines breaking around the nation this morning, as summer ...

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    Fri, February 18, 2011

    Jeopardy: Humans Are Still the Masters

    I have been using computers since 1982 and still recall a simple artificial intelligence program that ran on my Commodore 64. I was mindful of that this week as I watched IBM's computer–named ...

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    Mon, August 30, 2010

    Back to School, Back to the Books

    The high price of college textbooks is getting a lot of press. Legislators are considering bills to bring down costs, such as requiring professors to use the least expensive "educationally ...

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    Fri, August 13, 2010

    An Outsider's View of Christianity

    Review of The Unlikely Disciple

    "The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest
    University" By Kevin Roose | Grand Central Publishing [Paperback] (June 3,
    2010) | 336 pp. | List Price: ...

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    Thu, July 08, 2010

    The Thin Culture

    My favorite section of the paper is still the comics. Lately I have been reading what seems to have become an annual theme in the "Cathy" comic strip. Not only can Cathy not find a suitable ...

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    Tue, June 01, 2010

    First, Do No Harm

    As a psychology professor I teach students who plan to be practitioners of social science. They have been moved with compassion by the problems so many people face, such as being in a painful ...

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    Wed, August 26, 2009

    Credit Cards and Predictable Unintended Consequences

    Imagine being a contractor and regularly using your credit card to purchase building materials for your job. Without warning you receive a notice that effective immediately your credit limit has been ...

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    Wed, August 05, 2009

    Sleepy, 'Lazy' Teenagers?

    We are now well into summer vacation, and it is time for a quiz. How many hours per night does your teen sleep during vacation? How many hours of sleep does your teen get on school nights during the ...

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