Freedom isn't free -- and men and women from these United States, and from our allies in countries that have declared themselves our friends from around the world, are still paying for it with their lives.
1776 is a reminder that the embrace of the status quo in the face of revolutionary ideas is nothing new. Nor is bloody legislative compromise or our ongoing frustration over a Congress mired in petty squabbling.
Reading, science and math are important, but No Child Left Behind standards must include history and social studies standards. If it isn't improved, knowledgeable citizens who can pull a voting lever and know what they're doing are going to become extinct.
Pat Robertson's bizarre conclusion that Haiti has suffered because the country made a pact with the devil is just the latest example of malicious religious excess and the dangers of mixing theology and politics.