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Wednesday, March 04, 2015


By Domenick J. Maglio Phd.,  Traditional Realist

The Communist Manifesto was written in 1848 by Karl Marx from the drafts of Friedrich Engels . It was a political theory, which became an ideology believed by millions. It is based on a philosophical wish list of events what would culminate in a utopian world where all would prosper in a classless society.

In order to arrive at this final stage, Marx stated there would inevitably be a stage of repression to deal with class divisions, which would be transcended into a final state of true communism. This admission of oppression is the closest Karl Marx gets to being concerned with reality. The rest of his fantasy is devoid of dealing with human nature.

“From those according to their ability to those according to their needs.” People inherit certain inclinations and abilities to do things. This fundamental tenant of Marxism is absurd. People produce to enjoy the fruits of their labor not to be a slave to others. These abilities are perfected by their striving to become more effective and efficient at doing what they choose to do to enhance their existence.

Redistributing the assets one creates to others is an obvious disincentive. Most people lose motivation to labor when they are given what they need by the government. Producing more than they need, would not work to get what they want because it would be taken from them “for the common good.”   Private property would be abolished meaning money, housing, land, farms, machines, factories, inheritance, would be confiscated to be used by the government.

Revolution is encouraged by the communist party when it pits one interest group against another. This fomented chaos paves the way to a dictatorship of the proletariat. Any resistance to the state confiscation of earned assets and crushing of individual freedom would result in either, “re-education”, incarceration or death to millions. This has occurred throughout the history of communism.

Any spark of individual freedom would be snuffed out by any means including political correctness, ”truth squads,” and outright censorship. The means justify the ends. People’s allegiance would not be to family or community but rather to the state. All resisters would be herded together and annihilated. Religion of any sort would be stifled or abolished.

This results in total governmental control. All means of production, all media communication, all education, health, and all individuals, including one’s children, would be controlled by the nameless agency bureaucrats for the “common good” of the government.

The established communist totalitarian government eliminates opponents for the good of the state. Stalin killed 20-40 million people. Hitler’s National Socialist Workers Party “cleansed” millions. Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” murdered 40 million people in four years. Recently Castro, Chavez/Madero, Ho Chi Min and Pol Pot demonstrated ruthless disregard for freedom and individual life.

It is ridiculous to think that a utopian existence would be created through evil acts.
People would always remember the horrors committed losing even the thought of freedom. Only by stripping people of their spirit and crushing their souls would they submit to totalitarian rule.

This stage of total indoctrination and submission does not transcend into a utopian existence. It extinguishes the people’s desire for freedom. They fall into emotional despair losing any hope of a better life. The choice of clothes, food and goods becomes drab and scarce. The excitement for living is drained by the party’s oppression.

People survive day-by-day without a shred of hope for the future. All lies and unfulfilled promises for change conditions them not to believe anything the state says. Mental illness and dullness is the best way to muffle the pain of living under this system.

Whenever a person is controlled by another individual or political system, individual freedom is suffocated. This is inherently evil for God created man in his own image with the freedom to make personal choices. He should be able to think, feel and do things, to be self-reliant and join with others of similar inclinations.

Communism at first pretends to be a lamb, at the end it shows its true brutality.  It uses force, thought control and even murder by the millions to play god in the lives of others. The end of a so-called utopian world justifies vicious acts: the means, of obtaining the goal of total domination of the people. This destruction of the free will of the people is the essence of evil.

Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015


By Domenick J. Maglio Ph.D., Traditional Realist

You give but little when you give of your possessions, it is when you give of yourself that you truly give. Kalil Gibran

The current ideal concept for parents is that children should be happy to develop automatically into a well-rounded human being. Unconditional love received by the child would be an elixir for their entire development. A loved child would naturally blossom for they feel the safety and protection of the most significant people in their early life: their parents. Only adoring parents will produce productive, successful children.

It is obvious that a child facing his early life without parental love is more prone to psychological issues. The lack of having a significant person to meet his needs and wants leaves him deprived, insecure and depressed in too many instances. The child will suffer scars although going down this path could temper him to be tougher and more independent to struggle his way to success.

Living for one’s child is becoming more prevalent with a proliferation of single child families. Even with larger families, parents feel obligated to fulfill their children’s unlimited demands for expensive, novel experiences and objects to demonstrate their love. Parents who instantly meet the needs of their precious child’s every need and want can smother their child’s development of independence while fostering parasitic behavior. A child highly dependent on his parents can become a highly dysfunctional adult.

“Affluenza,” the ability of parents to give their children whatever  and whenever they want has not produced happy children. It has infected the spirit and soul of children. Many of the children who are given everything to appease them wind up without any concept of gratitude or empathy for others.

In our modern world love has become the giving of things rather than spending time and energy helping the child be a well rounded person. Parents sharing practical skills, knowledge and moral values assist the child to better face the future.  Children inculcated with moral values will have a moral compass. Without parents teaching these moral lessons children are vulnerable to negative peer pressure and evil.

Discipline is a higher form of love than mere affection and or be a dispenser of physical things. Disciplining a child to develop positive habits, strong work ethic, common sense, good manners, are gifts that are more complex and meaningful than simply transferring monetary wealth to a child. Anything that comes easy leaves just as easily. Trust fund babies are a testimony to this truth.

An individual who knows he is loved by others has a wonderful foundation for building emotional stability and self-worth, although the reality is these relationships will eventually end with death leaving the offspring to face reality without parental protection and assistance. Parents who do not give the child the necessary means to deal with the difficult realities of life will not fulfill their sacred duty of a parent to prepare the child to be able to live independently.

The parents communicate wisdom, giving the child a valuable gift. They become an integral part of the child’s thinking and behaving. These lessons in life strengthen when the positive results are seen over and over again.

Disciplining one’s child to deal with all aspects of reality is indispensible for his well- being and success. The child needs and deserves discipline. When the child is wrong he should be corrected in doing simple tasks such as chores as well as acting appropriately in a multitude of situations. A child is a work in progress that needs parental parameters to put him and keep him on the right track.

Discipline training is an essential part of loving ones child. It does not produce warm fuzzies but it is love. This training approach will be acknowledged and appreciated if he has matured when he has reached adulthood. The young adult will be grateful that his parents did love him enough to demand high standards to become an independent and successful adult.

Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015


By Domenick J. Maglio, Phd., Traditional Realist

In our modern society lying has become an art form that is admired rather than rejected. Most people elected or quickly advancing such as politicians, corporate businessmen and government officials are people who self-promote to further their careers. This often means the person weaves fiction and some grains of fact to create a “celebrity image” of himself.

The social media phenomena has facilitated and encouraged people around the globe to instantly become the person they want to be, a celebrity, instead of the person they actually are. In this virtual world there is a strong temptation to embellish and directly lie to make oneself more appealing. People alter their photos, claim accomplishments and skills they do not possess and associate with people they do not know. This phoney process through social media has given everyone, including youngsters, a great temptation to practice the art of deception to be famous at least in their own minds.

Telling tall tales about oneself and others in this anonymous world has become more commonplace and accepted. Lying has lost its stigma as a destructive behavior that leads people not to trust each other.

Today’s truth has become less important than the ability to convincingly state a false narrative to appear “cool.” Brian Williams was finally outed by US soldiers who were aboard the helicopter that he said was in direct fire from the enemy. This fictional story and many others were not disclosed for years. The NBC News anchor’s staff accompanying him had remained silent. Others in the largest nationally watched newscast in America were also accomplices. According to their perspective Mr. Williams was merely taking liberties with the truth.

The reaction of others in the media has been more revealing. The people interviewed in the news business expressed he was a likeable guy. They related they wished he would continue in his position even though most were uncertain that he would. There was not the slightest consideration concerning the integrity of the news profession and its impact on the viewers.

There was not the slightest outrage in the media concerning Mr. William’s outright lying, which undermines responsible reporting. Besides embellishing and exaggerating is a major component of most of today’s media. After all he was untouchable since he was a household name. The media too often views itself as elites who shape events rather than report them.  These so called reporters are more invested in their own celebrity or the progressive movement than providing citizens with accurate information where they can draw their own conclusions.

American citizens are becoming cynical of our media. President Obama admittedly lied twenty-one times saying, “you can keep your own doctor if you want,” “ the Affordable Care Act would save the typical American an average of $2500 in insurance payments.” This direct lying by the oval office was ignored as an insignificant event.

The Benghazi fiasco was a series of lies about our actions and the blatant attempt by many high ranking administrative officials, including the president, to convince us it was a spontaneous demonstration. For two weeks the press reported the claim that a little known anti Muslim video ignited a spontaneous attack on the American embassy. There was no investigative reporting to counter this administration claim. In Libya the people on the ground noted the attackers carried sophisticated weapons and were coordinating on radio the assault on the US annex.

The in-your-face fantasy scenario for six years about a miraculous economic recovery is based on smoke and mirrors. They refused to note that quantitative easing was devaluating our dollar, which caused a speculative stock market to skyrocket. There was no press challenge to dubious economic formulas and indicators.  This ridiculous charade continues.

In a September 2014 speech, President Obama claimed that the US strategy in Yemen had been a successful part of an anti terrorist strategy. In a year’s time the Houthi forces have forced us to abandon our embassy in Yemen. America is learning from the top down that lying works.

Lying is easier than telling the truth in the short run when there are no immediate consequences for this behavior. There is no longer a press acting as a check and balance on our political system. Instead the press has practically become a state run news organization that is trying to win favor with politicians to gain access to powerful political elites.

America is forgetting that lying does not pay. The press, politicians and businessmen could not get away with their deceptions and blatant lies if We the People did not practice and tolerate it in our own daily lives. We must eliminate lying in our homes, schools, businesses and government. In the long run lying does not pay.

Taking shortcuts by lying does not end well in any venue. Eventually the truth breaks through the web of lies. Once that occurs lives and careers are ruined since no one can trust a liar.  This fact that a liar will have to face his lies and receive  punishment in this world or the next has not changed throughout history.

As a people we must teach lying does not work by doing our duty to stamp it out. We need to give severe consequences not tolerate or ignore it. The United States is doomed to rapid decline if we do not get our house in order.

Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015


By Domenick J. Maglio

America is great because of the sum total of its parts- its people. These are people who believe in moral values, freedom, work ethic and merit, which have fueled our greatness. Our success as world leader was not given to us or robbed by evil ways but earned by hard work, doing what is right and works. The people, not the ruling class has made us a great nation.

The only way an oligarchy’s leaders can take total government control of the United States is by degrading the moral values of its people. This strategy of demeaning good and instilling bad as the way we should believe and think about ourselves, has been taking place since the 1960s. This gradual process has been greatly accelerated in the past six years. Good has been redefined as bad and bad as good not only in the pop culture or in our institutions but also in our foreign policy.

The progressives throughout our society have been undermining our virtues and highlighting our faults. As a people we are painted as evil even though we are for the most part sharing our generosity and our brave to assist those resisting brutality and fighting oppression.

Every US institution has been under attack by the progressive movement. Our child rearing practices have been ridiculed by emphasizing the extreme cases of abuse (the exception to the rule) and pseudo science to undermine it. Since the introduction of modern permissive materialism child rearing parental neglect and absence have skyrocketed. Parents have lost their authority over their children to the state, which has paralyzed them from doing their duty. Children no longer have respect for their handcuffed parents or other authority figures.

Schools have dumbed down standards and eliminated necessary courses for educating children in critical thinking and communication. Civics and history have been revised or eliminated while cursive writing and speaking grammatically correct English have lost favor. The schools have circumvented competition in academics and sports achievement to establish a more equal mediocrity not to establish excellence.

The armed forces and police are the most constrained, well trained and just in the world.  Yet they are often accused of war crimes and racism while the terrorist enemy, paid anarchists and partying looters that are without any standards of conduct are praised.

Over the past six years this radical Obama administration has jumped at every opportunity to imply that all white people are racist. They are supposed to be responsible for all the evils in this country and around the world.

Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama told Americans to “Get off their high horse,” when they criticize the barbaric actions of radical Islam. The burning to death of a Jordanian pilot in a cage was explained as no worse than what happened in the Crusades, Spanish Inquisition or slavery by whites. This was supposed to be morally equivalent to what is happening now by Islamic terrorists even though these ancient events were responses to the harsh reality of the time and none done by anyone existing today.

According to the rationalization of this inhuman behavior, Americans should get down from their “high horse” and wallow in the cesspool of evil. We should accept evil as a payback for all our past mistakes. Citizens should stop being judgmental and understand all people are equally evil. Being non judgmental and morally equivalent have been introduced into our culture by progressives to justify horrific behavior and degrade our belief system.

Most inmates use this ridiculously illogical reasoning. They ask civilians if they have ever broken the law and cite jaywalking and speeding. Of course the person answers, ”yes” which is supposed to vindicate the prisoner’s incredible evil acts as everyone is imperfect. Thus normal citizens should not bother to struggle against their base urges.  They should just do whatever they want.

It is true we are all sinners and evil has always existed. We have been imperfect as a nation but this does not mean we should not recognize and define horrendous acts as evil.  An “anything goes” attitude develops in a society when there are no black and white moral values and appropriate punishment. Ignoring evil encourages it to grow. Confronting it by shining a light on it and standing up causes it to retreat. Our “high horse” has protected millions in nations all over the globe since our nation’s inception.

We need to return to our role as the leader of the free world rather than negatively exaggerate our history and “lead from behind” encouraging chaos to usher in one world government. Instead we should inculcate the traditional moral values of the American way and live them. We should not stupidly lower our standards of right and wrong. Maintaining high moral values and standards will strengthen us to defeat evil internally and externally.

Our survival as a nation and the free world necessitates our staying on our “high horse, ” walking the walk of doing what is right. This commitment to good and right will unite us as a people. This will turn back the barbarians who know no limits to the use of evil to enslave us all.

Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015


By Domenick J. Maglio Ph.D. Traditional Realist

Many charter schools advertise themselves as “Private, Public Schools.”  This branding is at best misleading or an outright deception. All of the money they use to finance these charter schools comes from public school tax money.  The amount of funding they receive differs from state to state.  They are publicly funded but privately run.

“School privatization is another confusing term that refers to establishing public charter schools through state legislation in the United States. The use of public money to hire private companies is the language of outsourcing government responsibilities. Again these often-large speculative companies are not using their own money to operate rather the tax money of the people.

Charter schools were founded in 1992 in Minneapolis and have expanded throughout the USA. Most of these schools are smaller than current public schools.
They can be brick and mortar schools or virtual schools. There are great variations in effectiveness. Some are high performing and others are mired in horror stories of providing inflated grades but producing poor standardized test results, college admission and retention.

The public school establishment argues that charter schools are siphoning off school funds that negatively affect the quality of public schools. They fail to state the charter schools are given approximately 80% of what an average public school student receives, which means 20% of the funds remain with the district. They say the unsavory relationship between state legislators and private companies has led to waste, corruption and fraud.  The public school proponents note that thousands of dollars are donated to state representative’s campaigns from these private companies seeking favorable laws for charter schools. They point to a lack of oversight and regulations leading to millions of dollars being embezzled from taxpayers.

The CEOs of some of these private companies refuse to release their exorbitant salaries.  Dollars are taken for services that are not provided by the charter school. These companies often transfer public money that was given in one state to use in another state to start a different enterprise. The disbursement of public funds for personal use has been another recurring issue. Government has a poor record of monitoring and regulating its public services and charter schools seem to be more readily falling through the cracks.

These private companies use public money as their cash cow.  They can purchase  privately owned buildings, and charge the state an outrageous price.  Some pay family members huge salaries for questionable services, which is forcing many charter schools to run at a loss. These financially questionable practices are causing some to even close their doors leaving the students and parents in disarray. 

The academic inadequacies or the fiscally mismanaged charter school’s demise does not usually devastate the private company. They use public school money, not their own.  Unless they are prosecuted for breaking a law they can walk away without losing a dime of their own money.  Often they can reapply and obtain another charter school in the same community or move to another state to start this process over again.

For profit private school owners are totally different from charter school CEOs since their investment in their private school business belongs only to them. Their money is generated by tuition paid by parents, not taken from the public coffers. They are self-sufficient business people that pay taxes to the local community. These schools have the autonomy and flexibility to provide unique educational opportunities for many students.

The students and their parents are the customers. Parents and thus their children are invested in the school as they have “skin in the game.” When a significant number of dissatisfied families leave, the school makes necessary changes or goes out of business.  When their constituents love the school, it thrives. 

Private schools do not cost but instead save the public money.  They provide educational services that are free to the state and require no public money. According to studies, most provide quality education.

The state and federal government tax any revenue and financial transactions of the private school. Any loss incurred by the business directly affects the owner’s assets not anyone else’s. These entrepreneurs are willing to compete with “free” public education, which indicates a mission of caring rather than one of money.

Private schools are a win-win for the state and its citizens because they take students off the public school roll plus provide taxes for the state without draining any public funds. 

Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015


By Domenick J. Maglio, PhD. Traditional Realist

Modern parents are raising their children without the best arrow in the quiver. They have been coerced through the media, government schools, agencies and evolving case law that parents no longer have the right to use corporal punishment with their own children. Parents are unable to quickly establish their power and authority.

This one change in parental rights has had devastating impact on the development of our children. Children are not learning to listen and obey.

Parents giving a lecture to a toddler, before they get the child’s undivided attention, is futile. Parents saying a firm “no” and appropriately spanking the child on the behind when their command is ignored is an attention getter.  All the words in the world have little to no impact on a toddler who has not been trained to listen.

Modern children are immune to parent lectures. The words enter the ears but cannot penetrate the brain’s thinking process. The child appears to listen for an acceptable interval to the parent. Then the child goes back to his business of doing what he wants.

 When the disobedience is too blatant, the child might suffer the traumatic “time out.” The modern child learns the “time-out shuffle” going in and out of the chair, but does not learn boundaries. The child is usually dismissed from time-out or leaves of his own accord with little or no notice by the parent. The child realizes he can do anything and everything that pops into his head without concern for physical or legal risks.

“Time out,” like anything used carelessly or too much loses its effectiveness as a consequence. Some experts are even saying that time out is psychologically harmful and even abusive.

Modern children who are being deprived of time tested moderate spanking become victims of permissive materialistic parents. Giving children permission to do whatever they want and material objects to bribe them to do what the parent wants has become a complete failure in our affluent world.

Parents need to return to their natural instincts to firmly demand that their offspring do what the parents want. Parents are more experienced and wiser. They need to take control of their children’s lives to prepare them to take flight on their own by age 18.

When parameters are firmly established at an early age, the parent’s authority becomes more meaningful for the child.  The youngster realizes that certain  unacceptable behaviors will bring on the wrath of the parent. This response should be taught early through a “no” that is followed by a stinging spank when not listening and a direct discussion as to why the behavior was wrong.

We are witnessing too many children doing bizarre and hideous acts. These children have difficulty controlling their impulses. They have not been taught by their loved ones that they cannot always get what they want when they want it.
A child needs to ask for permission to do anything that he has not been previously been approved by their parents. This simple rule cuts down on outrageous behavior.

Children without parameters are a danger to themselves and others. The basic rules of conduct have to be established by the parent or society steps in. These children end up in mental health facilities or incarcerated. It is preventable when limits are established in the child’s life.

This virtual ban on spanking for most parents has weakened the power status in the eyes of their children. The child continually pushes the envelope until parents give into the demands of the child. The child supposedly wins this and following battles but eventually falls victim to his own overinflated sense that he is more powerful than he really is. He becomes delusional.

The parents allow him to believe he is more powerful than they are. This sets the child up. He assumes he has the right and ability to do and demand things from acquaintances and strangers.

His response is to become more aggressive and hostile in order to attempt to create a tough image. This strategy can result in unnecessary anti social behavior that leads to more anger. On the other hand, he might go into a shell, avoiding the normal challenges of growing up. 

When parents do not train their child to be respectful to authority figures they are jeopardizing the child’s future. This vacuum predictably will lead to trouble for youngsters. This person raised with permissive parents will be less prepared to deal with the reality of power figures.

Today’s parents may not understand that they will be unable to overturn the socially approved decisions of law enforcement, mental health and the judicial system.  The ultimate victim is not the parent, who will vouch that the child has never done “anything wrong,” but their child.

Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015


By Domenick J. Maglio Ph.D. Traditional Realist

Free community college will be a poison pill for the local governance of the institution and its quality of education for students. There will be an increasing population of unmotivated and non-caring students who believe they are entitled to a two year Associates Degree with little or no effort. They think the government will pay for it all.

The government will not pay for the community college proposed bill but our citizens will and students will be nickeled and dimed. Currently the projected cost has been stated to be $16 billion over 10 years. This estimate will substantially rise as government bureaucrats low ball start up costs of federal give away programs. The scheme is always the same with government money. In this case community colleges will find creative ways to inflate the cost per student.

The bloated federal government makes an outlandish promise like free community college. The state pays a small amount, in this case a quarter while the debt ridden federal government finances ¾ of the program. The state portion will increase with time. As the number of “free service” participants increases to more than anticipated the middle class finds there is a new state or federal tax robbing and redistributing their money. This is a hijacking of their property for a service that most of the recipients will not appreciate or will not take advantage to benefit their situation.

The main issue is that the “free funds” dilute the quality of the service.  The money comes with government strings attached that cause unintended consequences for the community college programs and all the levels of education. In this federal proposal, students will have to maintain a 2.5 grade point average to continue in the federal community college give away. This would put pressure on the administration and staff for students to receive at least this low grade. A 2.5 will become the new F. The federal and state bureaucrats will set quotas and retention percentage requirements in order to receive funding.

Most professors will be encouraged enough by salary, promotion and misplaced sensitivity to the student’s plight of flunking out of the program to lower their grading standards.

External and internal political factors will cause grade inflation by dumbing down all standards to keep the students and the funding. The community college degree will lose its value of being accepted into four-year degree programs and as a job entry credential. The community college experience will become a socially approved and attractive place for hanging out to pass the day away.

The value of education comes from the individual’s desire to improve personal knowledge, as well as economic and social status for it to be meaningful and appreciated. A student not having skin in the game (money) for his own education decreases his personal involvement and stake in the education process. Being in a community college might impress others that he is attending college but he knows he has not earned it.

The throwing of trillions of federal dollars at a problem, like we have seen in public education over the past five decades, does not even improve and certainly does not result in excellence in education. Presently 50% of college freshmen are required to take remedial courses. Free education from kindergarten- high school, has not produced high academic performance as compared with other nations.

Community college was first established in 1901 as a liberal arts school. In the 1930s most focused on job training. Community colleges from their inception have had a mission to address local needs. They have been laboratories of innovative ideas to promote better higher education.

The federal government is too far removed from any real communities to understand their needs. Under Article I Section 8 of the Constitution the federal government has no standing to be involved with education. This was left to the states. The founders realized the federal government would not have its finger on the pulse of each community.

They understood control of education by the federal government would enable government to indoctrinate the people rather than allow their citizens to learn from historical and current sources to learn how to critically think in order to draw their own conclusions. Community college gives many students a second chance to develop stronger academic skills.

The community college system should determine its own educational community desires. This could be a certification, trade or liberal arts emphasis. The central government should keep their paws off attempting to control education from Washington, D. C.

Central government’s intrusion into community colleges will make the credential irrelevant to the graduates. It will be nothing more than an extension of high school.

Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at

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