by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer “It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” ― J. K. Rowling “We are our choices.” ― Jean-Paul Sartre In the wide literary gap between Harry Potter and Jean-Paul Sartre we can find a common theme on the issue of choice.
Category: Op/Ed by Gorrell
by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer “Show me your papers!” That old movie line unambiguously established that a character was in a totalitarian state – and in trouble. Whether delivered menacingly in cartoonish German or Boris Badenov Russian, the implication was clear: The state was keeping tabs on you. A hallmark of such societies,
by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer It’s been nearly two years since Thomas Sowell wrote: Only ideologues could devote themselves to crusading against people’s efforts to live and associate with other people who share their values and habits…Undaunted by a long history of disasters when third parties try to mix and match people, or
by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Few things irk me more than propaganda masquerading as analysis. These are irksome times. By executive fiat the president is changing overtime regulations effecting millions of workers. He says it is “good for workers who want fair pay, and it’s good for business owners who are already paying
by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Rarely does a politician provide a glimpse into her foundational beliefs more revealing than Gov. Maggie Hassan’s veto of House Bill 603 last week. Hassan vetoed local control. She decided that NH parents and students are mere means to an end, and that federal moneymen, Big Education, and
by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer “Two Thumbs Up!” “Five Stars!” “Nine out of Ten!” Consumer-driven rankings and professional assessments of services and products are a ubiquitous part of our buying experience in every major area except one: Public education. This must change if we are ever to improve the system we depend upon
by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Skeptics like me don’t believe in miracles, even when we see them. But I saw one last month. It wasn’t a dramatic parting of the sea or an inexplicable healing, but for the family involved what I witnessed was miraculous and life-changing. I saw a group of volunteers
by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer April showers might bring May flowers, but the lies of April lumber into May like zombies, mindless and moldy. Advocates of those special April days called “Equal Pay Day” and “Earth Day” seem unaware that they celebrate the undead. Every year they reanimate their false narratives and set
by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Another year, another IEP meeting. Another wasted 45 minutes trying to salvage a student’s public school education by updating his ironically-named “Individualized Education Program” (IEP)
by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Another week, another news story about a public school failing its mission: “High school accused of massive grade-fixing scheme” screamed the headline in the New York Post.
by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer While serving as a Navy officer in Hawaii, a friend told me that I’d be happier and healthier if I lived the “aloha spirit” for which the islands are famous. He could see that I was letting my natural Irish pessimism and temper influence my leadership style (my
by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer At least they returned the grenade launchers. The Los Angeles School Police Department will keep the M-16 rifles and Mine Resistant Ambush Protected armored vehicle received under a Federal program putting military hardware in the hands of domestic law enforcement agencies – even school police. They gave back
by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Most of us don’t have a “heroic narrative.” Most of us don’t feel the need to have one, though certainly some of us would rise to the occasion and earn one if called upon. I don’t have a heroic narrative, and unlike (former) NBC News anchorman Brian Williams,
by Ken Gorrell This is tough for a curmudgeon like me to admit, but I got misty-eyed last week. I tried to remain dry-eyed and dispassionate – they weren’t talking about my kids, after all – but as I listened to parents tell of their struggles and sacrifices as they worked to find the right