This topic was discussed on July 15, 2013
To what degree did race play a role in the Zimmerman trial? Would/should the outcome have been different if the roles were reversed?
Was the prosecution case effective or defective?
To what degree was the outcome defined by which side “put on a better show” for the jury? What might that say about the concept of a jury of peers vs. a decision by a judge (who might be less swayed by a “show”)?
What should the role of the Federal, state and local governments be in regulating food safety? Should local jurisdictions be able to supercede Federal or state regulation?
To what degree does relaxing the rules for small farmers’ local sales put food safety at risk?
How will the general population “know” whether less-regulated local products are safe until there is an issue?
Assuming support for local farmers is a key objective, are such ordinances fair to those farmers who follow the rules?
Does this issue cut across traditional ideological lines, aligning “conservative libertarians” with “organic liberals?”
This topic was discussed on August 5, 2013
Who needs to be better educated? What does “better educated” mean…college, vocational skills, critical thinking, practical “life skills?”
How do we emphasize more STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, which seem to be in high demand from employers?
What is the role of, and outlook for, social studies, foreign language, English?
Is this an issue that should be dealt with via Federal policy (regulation, mandates, etc.) or at the state and local levels?
How should Federal, state and local input be coordinated?
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