Richard Elfers

Three errors made by our president | Rich Elfers

President Obama has made three major mistakes in regard to foreign policy. First, U.S. intervention in Libya destroyed a government that, while corrupt, was structured in such a way as to tamp down on the Islamists. Now, the Islamists are threatening Libya and neighboring Mali, forcing the French to intervene. The lack of an autocratic dictator like Qadaffi has helped bring about Islamist extremism in the region.

Three errors made by our president | Rich Elfers

President Obama has made three major mistakes in regard to foreign policy. First, U.S. intervention in Libya destroyed a government that, while corrupt, was structured in such a way as to tamp down on the Islamists. Now, the Islamists are threatening Libya and neighboring Mali, forcing the French to intervene. The lack of an autocratic dictator like Qadaffi has helped bring about Islamist extremism in the region.

Children will turn out just like parents | Rich Elfers

An education expert spoke to a group of worried high school-age parents. His opening statement told them they did not have to worry because their children would turn out “just like them.” There was silence in the room after that statement.

Understanding geography of red, blue | Rich Elfers

Do you know why blue (Democratic) states are clustered in the Northeast and along the West Coast on national election maps? Or why red (Republican) states are concentrated in the Great Plains and the South? Why do Pierce, King, Snohomish, and Spokane counties in Washington state almost always vote Democratic while the rest of the state votes Republican?

What’s all this about a pipeline? | Rich Elfers

What’s all the fuss about the Keystone XL pipeline proposal anyway? The proposed 1,179-mile pipeline from Alberta, Canada, would diagonally cross Montana and then traverse South Dakota, to Steel City, Neb., where it would be connected to already existing pipelines to Gulf state refineries.

Less empathy from the super wealthy | Rich Elfers

A recent statistic from the Feb. 2, 2015, Newsweek magazine (p. 13) noted that 50 percent is the “share of the world’s wealth that will be held by the richest 1 percent across the globe by 2016.” Income inequality has grown enormously over the past 30 years.

Considering school class sizes | Rich Elfers

How big should your child’s class size be? According to State Initiative 1351, which barely passed recently, smaller is better.

The American myth of equality | Rich Elfers

Most Americans value equality because of the ringing words of Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal….”

Ripple effect will rattle the Russians | Rich Elfers

Throw a rock into a quiet pond and you will see that ripples are created far past the rock’s impact. That’s what’s happening today as a result of decreasing oil prices across the world

Republicans can learn from Federalists | Rich Elfers

The year was 1798 and the Federalists, fearful of the French Revolution spreading to the United States, passed three Alien Acts as well as a Sedition Act, which prosecuted and imprisoned those who publicly criticized the government.

The immigration policy battle | Rich Elfers

The battle we are now witnessing between the president and the Republicans in Congress over immigration is a strange one.

Election brought few surprises | Rich Elfers

There were only a few surprises in last week’s elections. The outcome turned out to be pretty much what I expected.

GOP victory may be temporary | Rich Elfers

Republicans may find that their midterm election victory is only temporary.

Here’s why Democrats can’t win the House | Rich Elfers

Why isn’t the House of Representatives up for grabs like the Senate? If you’ve been watching the Congressional election races recently you know the Senate is up for grabs between Democrats and Republicans.

Power rests with nominations | Rich Elfers

Thousands have been protesting in Hong Kong over Beijing’s assertion of its power over its election process.

Seahawk sets example for all | Rich Elfers

In my observation, Wilson possesses three qualities that high school students could emulate to make them as successful in their studies: self discipline, pursuit of goals and the ability to learn from mistakes.

Shun idealism, embrace reality | Rich Elfers

“Putin surely understands that trying to subdue Ukraine would be like swallowing a porcupine. His response to events there has been defensive, not offensive.” These are the words of the author, John J. Mearshimer, in his insightful article (“Why the Ukraine Crisis is the West’s Fault”) in the September/October 2014 edition of “Foreign Affairs.”

Why such a polarized process? | Rich Elfers

“While American politics has always been a shrill, partisan, and ugly business going back to the Founding Fathers, we have rarely been so polarized and so unable to execute even the basic functions of the government, much less tackle the most difficult and divisive problems facing the country.”

Why such a polarized process? | Rich Elfers

“While American politics has always been a shrill, partisan, and ugly business going back to the Founding Fathers, we have rarely been so polarized and so unable to execute even the basic functions of the government, much less tackle the most difficult and divisive problems facing the country.”

‘Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War’ | Rich Elfers

In his memoir, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” former secretary of defense under both Bush and Obama, Robert M. Gates, states that he fought four wars at the same time