The death penalty is discriminatory and does not do anything about crime.
It is virtually impossible to compete in today's global economy without a college degree.
Studies have shown that inmate participation in education, vocational and job training, prison work skills development, drug abuse, mental health and other treatment programs, all reduce recidivism, significantly.
No one should be denied the opportunity to get an education and increase their earning potential based solely on their inability to pay for a college education.
Unequal funding resources also results in unequal educational opportunity when you consider studies that show that one half of low income students who are qualified to attend college do not attend because they can't afford to.
While there are many obstacles that deter students from going to college, finances by no means should be the deciding factor.
Another example of the educational inequality is the current debate over publicly financed school vouchers which will provide educational opportunities to a privileged handful, but deprive public schools of desperately needed resources.
Giving a 10-year mandatory minimum for a second offense fist fight is not going to reduce the chance that someone will be stabbed 16 times when you are not funding any of the programs that are desperately needed to actually reduce juvenile crime.
It is difficult to overstate the importance of the Civil Rights Act.
There is nothing Federal about local volunteer fire departments.
The first year of the Bush administration we used up all of the surplus and ended up just with the Social Security and Medicare surplus, and each year worse than the year before.
The promise of equal educational opportunity envisioned by the Brown decision remains unfulfilled.
We can be more inclusive.
Today, education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments.
Obviously, there has to be a profound change in direction. Otherwise, interest on the national debt will start eating up virtually every penny that we have.
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