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Municipal Power Aggregation: Power to the People or Revenue Ruse?

Municipal Power Aggregation: Power to the People or Revenue Ruse?

(Image: SecretDisc via Wikimedia Commons) “After all, what fun is there to hold a political office if people are allowed to largely manage their own lives?” Since the deregulation of electric and natural gas markets, the number of electric and gas suppliers has mushroomed giving consumers a competitive marketplace to shop for the lowest power

Common Core: Slingshot to Progress or Spider Web? Part 5 of 5 [What slingshot? More spiders here than at the old Munsters’ house]

This final article of the series should eliminate the few remaining undecideds on this issue.  It will address the areas of parental rights, privacy, constitutionality and subsidiarity.1 [Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 on OCR] Parental  Rights  Regarding  Education,  What  Rights? The flawed educational movements leading up to Common Core have

Common Core: Slingshot to Progress or Spider Web? Part 4 of 5 [The probability of a national curriculum and a not-so-hidden agenda]

The first three segments of this series covered the initial philosophy and strategies of the Common Core project, the actual writing of the standards with comparisons to existing standards, the true level of involvement of the states and teachers in the process, and the arbitrary rush to get the standards approved. [Read Part 1, Part

Common Core: Slingshot to Progress or Spider Web? Part 3 of 5 [Benchmarking, Involvement of the States and Teachers, Push to Gain Adoption by the States]

The two previous segments dealt with the founding strategy of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) process, followed by how and by whom it was developed and then an assessment of the Common Core standards by the Committee and those opposed.  This article in the series will review conflicting claims as to who actually created

Common Core: Slingshot to Progress or Spider Web? Part 2 of 5 [Creation of the Standards and Comparison with those of the States]

Part 1 described the philosophy and strategy  used in the formation of the Common Core objectives (Common Core State Standards, or CCSS).  On the surface, they were a logical way to improve U.S. schools which have lost ground against the rest of the “developed” world. [Link to Part 1: “Philosophies and Strategies Behind the Standards”]

Common Core: Slingshot to Progress or Spider Web? Part 1 of 5 [Philosophy and Strategies Behind the Standards]

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) resulted from a delayed awakening that the U.S. public educational system has been on a downhill slide for decades.  A root cause of some of this decline has come from a decrease in reading complexity for texts throughout the K-12 years despite the reverse trend in the world as

How Grassroots Republican Voters Should Win the White House in 2016

Editor’s note: View or download a PDF of this article by clicking here. All Republicans must work together respectfully and effectively to win in 2016 Clear action uniting the grassroots and establishment wings of the party in the general election must now begin. This article proposes a path going forward creating the party unity needed

College Costs Soaring Due to America’s Education-Industrial Complex

The cost of education remains a major obstacle for many Americans. To compound the problem, many college graduates eager to start working end up unemployed. And being in debt and unemployed is no way to start adult life. [RELATED on OCR: “ObamaCare Deals Brutal Blow to Ohio’s Youth”] Besides the economy, which cycles over time,

Abatements for Thee but Not for Me?

As Franklin County property owners, including myself, recently paid our first installment of real estate taxes, the time seems right to review the worst-kept secret in the state: Franklin County residents pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation – except for the growing numbers of residents who pay almost nothing. Most Franklin

TEA Party to Fox News: 11 Reasons to Stop Calling Kasich ‘Conservative’

The following was recently obtained by Ohio Conservative Review and is published with the author’s permission as an open letter to Bret Baier of Fox News. Mike Snead President Dayton TEA Party   February 3, 2015 [Updated Feb. 11, 2015]   Mr. Bret Baier Special Report   Subject: Refuting Mr. Baier’s assertion that