March 5, 2013
Now that sequestration is upon us, our nation's leaders continue to debate which federal programs provide the best bang for the buck. When they ask how effective Head Start is, many legislators have cited the Head Start Impact Study. It concludes that although Head Start consistently closes the achievement gap and prepares many of America's poorest and neediest children for kindergarten, by third grade most children across the nation outperform and outscore children who attend Head Start.
December 17, 2012
Op-ed contributor E Dee Monnen explains how the rich not only are "job creators" but engines of economic "growth" as well ("How taxing the rich hurts all of us," Dec. 12). Never mind that the jobs are likely low-wage, part-time with no benefits. The rich, it is said, should be exempt from taxation based on their incomes. To do otherwise would jeopardize their mission as entrepreneurs, i.e., profit and growth. For reasons of supposed intellectual and moral superiority the rich are often seen as worthy of specialized treatment.
August 16, 2012
Regarding your editorial on the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's vice-presidential running mate, the question of vision you raise can be restated in terms of whether government has become too large and pervasive in the lives of average citizens ("With Paul Ryan, Romney bets on the wrong vision for American," Aug. 11). Certainly the escalating deficit has been in part the result of big government spending on social programs which, while beneficial to many, we simply cannot afford anymore.
July 21, 2012
I am still wondering why we spend taxpayer money on government-run health care, free contraceptives and the like while we lack qualified teachers. The key to independence from government programs is a good education. We have a fresh crop of newly graduated teachers in Maryland with new ideas and techniques that will help our students succeed without government handouts. Yet there are no teaching positions. Baltimore County has 2,000 applicants for 30 positions, and I'm rounding the numbers.
April 10, 2012
Some churchmen take exception to some of President Barack Obama's positions on matters of faith. I suggest these men of faith take a closer look at the true meaning of religion. All three Abrahamic religions - Christianity, Judaism and Islam - have as their central theme the commandments to protect the widow and orphan, to clothe the naked, feed the hungry and shelter the homeless. That is termed social justice. All this talk about contraception, in my mind, is just superficial chatter totally missing the central message of religion.
February 14, 2011
And now for something completely different: an exotic financial instrument designed to help vulnerable Americans — not drive them into foreclosure. Today, the White House plans to ask Congress for permission to conduct a $100 million test of "social impact bonds," a promising, experimental investment scheme out of England designed to get better results from publicly funded social services by harnessing the discipline of the private market. Under a social impact bond arrangement, investors put up the money to run privately managed social programs.