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By Matt Kibbe
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Topic - Ben Wolfgang
I was hoping that Washington Times reporter Ben Wolfgang would have mentioned the incredible Alfred E. Neuman-caliber strangeness of former President Bill Clinton receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Nobel Peace Prize recipient Barack Obama ("Obama, Clinton hide tension behind smiles at medal ceremony," Web, Nov. 20). President Obama will probably also receive the Medal of Freedom someday, for his tireless efforts to impose the sadly laughable and illegal Obamacare, unwanted by the majority of Americans, upon his fellow citizens.
It turns out the "rogue agents" at the Internal Revenue Service field office in Cincinnati weren't quite so rogue after all. Democrats had hoped some low-level minion at the agency would serve as the fall guy in the expanding snooping scandal.
The Lernaean Hydra, the ancient serpent-like water beast with many heads, should be the symbol of the Internal Revenue Service. Every scandal at the IRS is followed by two more, like the hydra, that grew two heads for every one lost. The Hydra was a myth; the IRS, alas, is not, and it's out of control.
The Washington Times took home 14 awards from the Virginia Press Association in reporting, photography, illustration and multimedia categories, including a best-in-show recognition for investigative reporting on the hiring practices of the District of Columbia government.
The three R's of learning are readin', writin' and 'rithmetic. Now hold that thought for a few minutes because we, dearest readers, have lost focus.
Ben Wolfgang's article "Student-teacher sex: Where does it end?" (Page 1, Tuesday) not only sheds light on the disgusting crimes of some American teachers, but also reveals a tragic failure of the public school system: a complete lack of parental involvement in public-school teacher hirings and firings, which could root out some of these predators, and having a choice in which school a child attends.
Nationally, 57 percent failed to clear the SAT benchmark of 1,550 points, which, Mr. Wolfgang explained, means "they're far less likely to maintain at least a B-minus average during their first year of college classes."