Thomas Sowell

 E-mail from a reader: "Here is Washington, we are looking at another round of teacher strikes because they want us to pay them more. And the literature they give us explaining their views contains so many errors in grammar and spelling that it really makes you wonder why we pay them at all."

 I hate having some recorded voice telling me how much my phone call is valued, while they send me through a maze of numbers to push, and keep me waiting forever, before I can reach a human being.

 It is a shame that ancient history is seldom taught in our schools. Finding out that people thousands of years ago were basically pretty much the way they are today -- people of every race, color, creed, national origin, political ideology and sexual orientation -- would reduce our chances of having Utopian hopes for big changes any time soon.

 Is there a music video of "The Grand Canyon Suite"? This music seems ideal for a video, since it was written to depict things happening at the Grand Canyon.

 With various people complaining about "price gouging" as gasoline prices rise and as higher prices are charged for other things in areas struck by hurricanes, economist Walter Williams has coined a new term: "Tax gouging." But government is never accused of either "greed" or "gouging" -- not even when they bulldoze people's homes in order to turn the land over to businesses that will pay more taxes.

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of The Housing Boom and Bust.

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