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Hugh Hewitt: Normalcy Beckons

Baseball’s spring training is always a time of hope, but this year is in a whole different category.

All who have listened to even a bit my radio program know that I’m a fan of Cleveland sports: the Browns, Indians and Cavaliers—and of course the Ohio State Buckeyes football team.

As the Indians—and all of major league baseball—begin spring training game, the air is filled with a sentiment all too rare for many months: hope.

The Indians will be at Progressive Field starting April 5—and there will be fans in the stands, limited capacity at first, but fans loudly cheering and lustily booing. Television cameras will be able to pan the stands and not see cutouts, but kids with mitts hoping for a foul tip at Progressive Field.

Vaccines are rolling out. People are going back to work and school.

I’ve been scheduled for my second shot myself.

2020 was a very long year.

But what a great year 2021 will be.

Normalcy beckons.

We grieve those we’ve lost, but we look forward with hope.

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Carol Platt Liebau: Putting Children First

Matt Meyer is the president of the Berkeley Federation of Teachers—a union leading the effort to keep children at home, insisting that reopening schools is just too “unsafe.”

So jaws dropped when video of him was seen taking his own daughter to in-person pre-school.

The episode highlights the hypocrisy and cynicism evident in too much COVID policy—especially in education. School districts with strong teachers’ unions are less likely to hold in-person classes.

Meanwhile, our children remain trapped at home, suffering from social isolation and learning loss. The achievement gap has increased. And there’s been a worsening youth mental health crisis. Parents have stood by helplessly, at the mercy of the unions, even as the CDC admits that schools can reopen safely.

In-person learning shouldn’t be reserved for children of the privileged. Our kids deserve policies that put their rightful needs over the self-serving demands of union elites.

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Jerry Bowyer: Time for Shareholders to Use Their Voice and Their Vote

From firing conservative actress Gina Carano, to putting trigger warnings on Muppets shows and turning ESPN into something resembling MSNBC, Disney has become one of the most politicized major corporations in America.

Now, if Disney executives want to promote leftism on their own time and on their own dime, that’s their prerogative. But Disney is a publicly traded corporation. Its shares are owned by millions of Americans—like you, perhaps, in your in your IRA or 401(k) account.

So that’s your money they’re using against you. But good news: you are in charge. It’s time to use your authority. Disney’s annual meeting is March 9. If you’re a shareholder, you can participate in it online this year and you can vote on board members and on various questions.

It’s time more of the nation let their shares be their voice to a company which has heard from only one side for far too long.

You have a vote. Use your vote.

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Jerry Bowyer: Gina Carano Finds Opportunity in Wake of Cancellation

UFC champion turned movie star Gina Carano was recently fired by Disney from the popular show, “The Mandalorian.” Why? Because she pointed out that one of the lessons of 1930s Germany is that when we start to hate our neighbors over political differences, we set ourselves on a path to escalating intolerance.

As if to prove the point, Disney wrote her popular character off the show. Sometimes people—yes, even conservatives—say things in social media which are beyond the pale. But, Carano’s words were not beyond the pale.

But … instead of wallowing in victimism, Carano is entering into a film-making venture with conservative commentator Ben Shapiro.

I don’t like cancel culture, but what I like even less is conservative victimology. Carano and Shapiro are doing the right thing, building new and maybe even better institutions than the ones that blackballed her.

Every cancellation, every delisting, every ban and shadow ban is yet another opportunity to build better alternatives.

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