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Several years ago, while walking through the airport in Rome, I was startled to see how many heavily armed soldiers there were to protect me and the other travelers. I didn’t feel more safe. I felt that maybe Rome wasn’t a place I wanted to be.

That’s the same way I would feel if schools had armed guards. Maybe America isn’t where I want to be.

We must find a way to put the gun genie back in the bottle. The crazies can’t be allowed to continue winning this insane debate about guns.

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Justin Hollander’s 10/10/12 New York Times op-ed entitled Long Live Paper makes a good case against the replacement of paper textbooks with digital technologies. Despite the reasons he cited for keeping paper textbooks around, none will likely prove as compelling as the cost benefits associated with going digital. That said, I think the author missed the most important reason to stick with textbooks: because they cost more and are, therefore, more resistant to casual and frivolous change.

We have seen the circus called the Texas Textbook Adoption where the conservative Texas School Board of Education has pushed for ideologically driven changes which reduce the prominence of Thomas Jefferson in favor of Tea Party hero John Calvin, and the inclusion of doubts about evolution. And that’s with paper textbooks! Imagine the trouble that Darwin will be in, and how Christian our nation will become if it becomes easier and cheaper to make changes reflective of the tooth fairy politics of the Right?