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Free Range Kids

Under Their Thumb

What if police grabbed your children off the street and held them for five hours? Alexander and Danielle Meitiv of Silver Spring, Maryland, have been investigated three times. First, when their children were discovered playing by themselves in a park a block from their home. The second time when police

A Pointed Reminder

“In schools,” the Washington Post headline warned, “a pointed finger or a toy gun can spell trouble.” The front-page feature detailed a far too extensive and growing list of zero tolerance, zero commonsense punishments meted out to children as young as five at various “educational” institutions. A ten-year old boy

Unhappiness Is a Drawn Gun

Dear Reader: This “BEST of Common Sense” comment originally aired on September 20, 2007. The growing use of zero-tolerance policies — especially having anything to do with guns — is the opposite of common sense. Mass insanity may be more popular these days, but I still prefer common sense. —PJ

Gateway Capitalism

You’ve heard of “gateway drugs.” What about “gateway capitalism”? The mayor of Clayton, California, apparently believes that two little girls selling zucchinis and melons by the roadside is the start of something bad. The city cracked down on Katie and Sabrina Lewis’s veggie stand. Mayor Gregg Manning defended the bust,

“Safe” Kids Are Fat Kids

Even the most careful athlete sometimes pulls a muscle. Does that mean that vigorous and sometimes even risky exercise is more dangerous than being a cordoned and cosseted couch potato? Many of the gendarmes who oversee America’s playgrounds seem to think so. I don’t know how real the so-called “epidemic”

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