Nick Russell on March 31st, 2011

Every government agency I know of, from the federal level to small podunk towns in the middle of nowhere, are facing severe budget shortfalls, laying off workers, and cutting back on services, trying to make ends meet. Did you ever wonder what happens to your tax dollars? Well, here’s a good example: Maricopa County, Arizona, […]

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Nick Russell on March 29th, 2011

During a routine health screening at the Veteran’s Administration hospital in Tucson, Arizona last week, my primary care provider noticed in my chart that I had not had a tetanus shot in over ten years, and prescribed a diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT) shot as a protective measure. This led to a discussion of the current state of […]

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Nick Russell on March 24th, 2011

Here we go again. It’s not bad enough that we are wasting American lives, and billions of dollars, in prolonged wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, so now we’re bombing Libya. Will we ever learn that A) We cannot be the world’s policeman forever; and B) If we are going to get into messes like this, […]

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Nick Russell on March 20th, 2011

Schools across America are cracking down on bullies, with a zero tolerance policy toward any type of physical or verbal abuse between students. This comes in the wake of some terrible incidents reported in the news the last few years, in which students have committed suicide because they could not tolerate the bullying they have […]

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Nick Russell on March 16th, 2011

Are you as worried about the next generation of Americans as I am? I think there is good cause to be. We all know that today’s schoolchildren don’t compare very well academically to students in many other countries. In a recent comparison of academic performance in 57 countries, American students ranked just about in the […]

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Nick Russell on March 3rd, 2011

Among my Marine Corps friends, the words of the Marines Hymn, “From the Halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli” are as sacred as any song ever heard at a Sunday morning church service. But do you know what those words mean? The Halls of Montezuma are a reference to Chapultepec Castle, in Mexico […]

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