Month: December 2013

Alabama must strengthen its open meetings law (Opinion from J. Pepper Bryars)

View full size One of the hallmarks of limited government is the people's ability to know what their public officials are doing by having reasonable notice and access to meetings, debates, votes, transcripts and other public records. Conservatives often light up the switchboard on Capitol Hill on the eve of…

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New book tells what happened to Obama campaign’s ‘Julia’ (Opinion from J. Pepper Bryars)

In the spring of 2012, President Barack Obama's campaign released an advertisement titled "The Life of Julia." The ad included a series of illustrations showing how government programs would help a fictionalized woman named Julia – and how conservative ideas would allegedly harm her – during 12 pivotal years in…

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We should hold deadbeat parents more accountable (Opinion from J. Pepper Bryars)

Margaret Thatcher, the conservative icon and former prime minister of Great Britain, had strong opinions about what she believed were the declining expectations of fatherhood and the simultaneous rise in the welfare state. "A man has no greater duty than to put a roof over his family's head and to…

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Pope Francis cannot change the Catholic Church’s doctrine (Opinion from Pepper Bryars)

Pope Francis waves from the pope-mobile during his inauguration Mass at the Vatican. (File) Those expecting changes to the Catholic Church's teachings on abortion, same sex-marriage and women priests were probably disappointed by the publication last week of Pope Francis's first apostolic exhortation, "The Joy of the Gospel," in which…

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