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The 4 fallacies of Obamacare

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As someone who is self-employed, my family decided it was simply too expensive to purchase traditional health insurance. So, we’ve opted to go with health savings account (HSA).

While it was substantially less expensive, it was still more than we had ever paid for health insurance, and as we approach 2014 when the “benefits” of Affordable Health Care for America Act (also known as Obamacare) are supposed to kick in, after paying the increased tax rates for the past three years, I keep thinking, this is not what we bargained for. Read More»

Back to school and learning to let go

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My oldest daughter started middle school last week, and it felt like kindergarten all over again.

It was just a week before that we were both full of excitement and expectation, as we shopped for new clothes and school supplies, and imagined how her middle school would be different from elementary school.

Now, that first day has come. I dropped her off, and all the kids went into the school gym. Due to the school closures, the school had grown to nearly 1,000 students, and our little girl was definitely a little fish in a much bigger pond. Read More»

Thoughts of a quality Fayette lifestyle

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Each morning I wake up to the simple sound of birds chirping as the sun breaks through the trees that stand outside my bedroom window. I open my eyes and know what it means to live a “quality lifestyle.”

As I drive from my home to go to work, I look out on our lawn and am blessed to see a squirrel chasing another squirrel, a deer hiding in the brush, and a falcon perched high on a pine branch. I close my eyes for a moment and smile and know what it means to live a “quality lifestyle.” Read More»

Zimmerman & lessons from Mandela

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One would have to be in a media coma not to have heard about the verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman over the death of Trayvon Martin.

Since the reporting of the incident in February of 2012, it was clear that it would be branded a racial issue in the media: From its initial reporting on NBC, where audio tapes were edited to make it appear that Zimmerman was racially profiling Martin, to the many marches and demonstrations we’ve seen take place around the country advocating that anything less than a conviction of Zimmerman would be racial injustice. Read More»

Does Common Core leave parents behind?

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Having listened to several presentations regarding the vices and merits of the Common Core State Standards, I have noticed that many arguments seem to be ancillary to the issue at hand — the Common Core State Standards themselves.

As a parent with four children in our public schools and both my husband and I being math tutors or having tutored in the past, we have seen first-hand the struggles children are having with the standards. So, I decided to read the math standards for myself. Read More»

I’m a Frederick Douglass Republican

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Last week, I had the good fortune to attend the Fayette County Republican Party’s monthly breakfast meeting. This event is held on the first Saturday of the month at the IHOP in Fayetteville.

Normally, I am unable to attend these meetings as my kids usually have soccer or softball games. But with the sports season over, I was able to go, and I was so glad I did.

For, I had the opportunity to listen, first-hand, to the founder of the Frederick Douglass Republicans movement — K. Carl Smith. Read More»

Issues that challenge a black conservative

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As a conservative, I hold to Judeo-Christian social values, fiscal responsibility, and limited, constitutional government. As an African-American, I hold to the racial identity of my family and the heritage of my ancestors.

In today’s political climate, these two tenets seem to be irreconcilable.

That is why, in an effort to bring about mutual understanding, I have, to varying degrees, written previous articles that describe why so many African-Americans have differing socio-political views than I do. Read More»

IRS & stereotyping the Tea Party

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This past week the Tea Party ended up in the national news headlines.

It was reported that hundreds of conservative organizations, particularly Tea Party groups, were targets of unconstitutional scrutiny, delays, or denials for tax-exempt status.

Given the media’s past coverage of the Tea Party, I anticipated that this story would die within a couple of days, because I did not think the media would cover the unconstitutional treatment of Tea Party groups, which they often treat with disdain and antipathy. Read More»

‘Taxes’ are out . . . ‘Revenues’ are in

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April 15th came and went, and there was a sense of resolve this year.

I didn’t hear about Tax Day Rallies from Tea Partiers — probably because Tea Partiers are still a bit burned out and discouraged from last year’s election.

I didn’t hear stories about last-minute filers waiting in long lines to get their tax forms in on time — probably because many filers did their taxes online. Read More»

Who ‘owns’ your children?

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By temperament and educational training, I’ve learned not to over-react when I hear something second-hand. There are always two sides of every story. Until you go to the primary source, you truly don’t know what really happened (my children have taught me this first hand).

Such was the case, when I heard about a commercial by cable channel MSNBC host, Melissa Harris-Perry which advocates that “your children don’t belong to you.” Read More»

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