There is a major flaw in all of this ‘lost learning’ rhetoric. It is not a permanent loss. Death is! The loss everyone is moaning about is relative to standard expectations based on normal times. In case you haven’t noticed, these are not normal times, so normal standards do not…


In the 2020 presidential election 74,223,030 citizens voted to re-elect Donald Trump. Have you no shame?

Do you recognize these words? “trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent”? They are from the Boy Scout Motto. How about honor, shame, truthfulness, empathy, compassion, respect, admiration…


Essential workers deserve a living wage.

Look at the list above and you should realize that most of these people are considered ‘essential workers’ during these COVID–19 times. Without their services, none of us could stay at home and avoid the virus. There is no denying that they are essential, so we need to pay them…


I am grateful for having a diverse group of friends and followers who cause me to think critically about important issues. Sometimes their postings amaze me. They allow me to respond with a dose of what I consider reality. Full disclosure — I am an atheist who grew up in…


The Generals got the medals, the troops got the injuries — and nothing was won.

What is the best way to show respect for our armed forces personnel?

Stop wasting their lives!

Nobody wins a war — except those who sit home and profit from it. We need to spend our defense and security dollars (not to mention our personnel) more wisely and effectively. …


The healthcare debate in the US is caught up in the gridlock of positional bargaining. Both sides have a list of outcomes that form their position, and their discussions consist largely of each side agreeing to concede or give up some portion of their position in exchange for a perceived…


Human Trafficking

It has two distinct but overlapping elements, sex trafficking and forced labor or slavery.

Sex Trafficking

At a recent meeting discussing homelessness, I heard a presentation on human trafficking. The handout below surprised and shocked me. I was woefully unaware that this problem existed to this extent here in Northern VA.

Sex…


A friends recent FaceBook post made me question my knowledge about the issues mentioned. They appeared to be misinformed Republican talking points. I am a lifelong learner and educator, so I was concerned that some things I thought were true might not be. My friend challenged me to, Check it…


We are a long way from beating this threat, but Trump wants us to declare victory and move on. Why?

As you have no doubt noticed, we are fighting two major wars right now. One is against an aggressively contagious deadly virus, and the other is an internal war between factions of our population over how to behave during the COVID 19 war. Historically, Americans come together to fight a…


I grew up and lived in New England for many years. Whenever there would be some major weather event, we would hear an announcement telling all non-essential workers to stay home. At some subconscious level I wondered who these non-essential workers were and how did they know that they were…

Allan Jones

Allan is a lifetime educator with two daily goals. 1) learn something. 2) Make the world a better place.

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