Embrace goods made by inmates

By |November 19th, 2015|

A hand-braided black, white and red bridle with tassels and glass rosettes was one of my dad’s favorite antiques, both for its artistry and its history. Sometime in the early 20th century, an inmate in a Colorado penitentiary in Cañon City worked strands of stiff horsehair into a work of art.


Tax reform should take center stage at debates

By |October 27th, 2015|

(By Kelly Sloan, ’76 Contributor) A great deal has been made of the fact that in previous Republican presidential debates, the most conspicuous casualty has been discussion of serious questions of policy and that, by […]

The Democrats’ Pope Problem

By |October 15th, 2015|

(By Donald Devine, ’76 Contributor) Sure, the mainstream media has spent its time highlighting Francis’ Republican snares — on immigration, the environment, the death penalty, and market economics. But Republicans were at least consoled by […]

The pope and Sanders: misguided economic missionaries

By |October 10th, 2015|

(By Melanie Sturm, ’76 Contributor) If only Pope Francis were in my Buenos Aires taxi last Christmas.

I could have used his moral authority (and Argentine-accented Spanish) in negotiating with a driver who’d forgotten the Golden […]

When welfare beats work

By |August 25th, 2015|

(By Joy Overbeck, ’76 Contributor) With multimillionaire Democrats such as Hillary Clinton predictably accusing mean Republicans of ignoring the poor, and the upcoming election sure to hinge on “who cares more” about struggling Americans, it’s […]

How China’s past influences China’s stock market today

By |August 18th, 2015|

(By Helen Raleigh, Centennial Fellow) Before the most recent midsummer stock market turmoil in China, stock trading among Chinese investors had reached a fanatic pace. China has 90 million retail investors and almost all of […]

Another lessons for socialists: Beware Greeks bearing debt

By |June 25th, 2015|

It’s unlikely one would ever lack for examples of socialist failure. But should you ever find yourself at such a loss, the one that stands out perhaps most profoundly of late is Greece.

Greece’s problems are […]

Obama’s failed war on poverty

By |June 13th, 2015|

In his bow to holding a “conversation” about the poor, supported by two other progressives at liberal Georgetown University against one lone conservative, President Barack Obama’s big idea was to “invest” more to combat poverty, […]

Trading places: Pacific pact tests political alliances

By |May 1st, 2015|

President Barack Obama finds himself in unfamiliar — and uncomfortable — territory. In working out a Pacific trade deal, the president is surrounded in general agreement by Republicans even as the Democratic base — among […]

Exotic Las Vegas and singular Nevada

By |April 4th, 2015|

(Las Vegas) The longtime Las Vegas headliner Liberace famously remarked that “too Much of a good thing is…Wonderful”. He might have been describing this fabled desert playground itself which very simply has no counterpart  […]