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Dec 5th, 2017 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

Click on the link below to read a short essay on morality in our ever-changing world, a world of increasing individualism.  It is a story about philosophy.  It is a story about sociology.  It is a story about morality.  And it is a story about how to look at the world. Find Essay Here

The Myth of Human Capital

Nov 11th, 2017 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

We offer a bit of poetry to illustrate a point.  American public policy assumes that a person’s lot in life is based on merit and human capital.  That perspective must also assume near perfect freedom of movement throughout the class and opportunity structure.  This is the American promise that merit will offer its deserved rewards. This American ideology has taken its place in both domestic policy and foreign policy. In the former, we have sought solutions to poverty and inequality through offering (at least promising) capital, human capital, to the downtrodden.  Human capital in this scenario is synonymous with education. [Read more...]

The Return of the Return of the Unidentified Man: UM 3.0

Aug 1st, 2017 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

The saga continues. Two of our venerable reporters have once again picked up the scent of the most curious character that our reporting staff has ever encountered.  I speak of the Unidentified Man, of course. The saga began six years ago when the two reporters were foraging for food near the Conewago Trail. That activity was not uncommon due to their meager salaries.  While Stalking the Wild Asparagus they  had their first encounter with the Unidentified Man.  That encounter was documented in EJ in 2011.  What they found was an aging Gump-like character who watched Fox News exclusively, used an[Read more...]

From the Debunking Corner: An Ingenious Way to Answer the Great Questions of Science

Jul 27th, 2017 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

A recent Gizmodo article takes the EPA chief Scott Pruitt to task for his “idea for a ‘red team-blue team debate’ on climate science.” The article goes on to add that Pruitt, “who all but admitted recently that his entire goal is to dismantle the EPA, has suggested collecting a group of scientists and having them debate objective reality, perhaps on television.” (1) What a great idea! But instead of praising Pruitt for his revolutionary thinking on the scientific method, Fake News Gizmodo seeks to vilify him. But ask yourself: How else can one get at scientific verities, if not[Read more...]

A New Hire at the Journal Debunks Fake News

Jul 20th, 2017 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

The crack editor of EJ is fed up with the constant stream of fake news. Accordingly, the newspaper has hired a reporter whose sole job it is to debunk the incorrect, unfair and, frankly, anti-Trump coverage in the mainstream media. It is time, the editor stated, for the American people to get the news they deserve. Here is the first debunking. A Politico story notes: “Candidates for top Trump administration jobs are increasingly frustrated by the high cost and huge time commitment required to meet the government’s ethics and conflict-of-interest rules, complicating White House efforts to fill hundreds of crucial[Read more...]

Not Only in the White House

Jun 8th, 2017 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article, Uncategorized

The editor of the EJ was interviewing a candidate to join his crack staff of reporters. The grueling interview was almost over when he asked the most important question of all: “Can I count on your loyalty?” ‘How about honesty?” countered the candidate. “Can you give me obedience?” “I can promise you integrity.” “Hmm, that’s not enough. Can you give me faithfulness?” “No, but I can give you trustworthiness.” “No, no. How about undying love?” “I can offer untrammeled admiration for your business acumen.” “Very close. How about everlasting devotion?” “Will you settle for regular praise for the editor-in-chief?” “I[Read more...]

Elizabethtown College Crime Spree at Lake Placida

Apr 26th, 2017 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

Chris Hayes of MSNBC is the author of a recently published book, A Colony in a Nation. The book artfully tells the story of the colonial status of  people of color and the role of the police in maintaining and defining that status. The tale affords considerably attention to Ferguson and related incidents that occurred around 2014.  During that time EJ published an allegory addressing the same subject.  The editor was reminded of the story earlier today and decided to re-post it here. ================================================= Elizabethtown College is not crime-free. On December 1, three arrests were made at Lake Placida. Elizabethtown[Read more...]

EAHS April students of the month named

Apr 19th, 2017 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

  April 19, 2017- Elizabethtown Area High School seniors Kaitlyn Welch and Tyler Rae were named the Elizabethtown Rotary Club’s students of month for April. Welch and Rae were honored for their high academic achievement and extensive involvement in school and community service activities. Welch is the daughter of James and Tracey Welch of Elizabethtown. She is a member of the prestigious National Honor Society where she serves as treasurer. Welch also holds leadership positions in numerous other school activities. She is captain of the swimming and tennis teams, as well as finance captain for Mini-THON. Welch is also active[Read more...]

State of the Union, the real progressive reply

Apr 8th, 2017 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

Washington is certainly different now, at least around 1600. Yet despite the iconoclasm, the deconstruction, the incompetence; there is a constancy in the tune which we hear. EJ has taken the opportunity to re-post an article that originally appeared some time ago, the day after President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address.  As you watch what is transpiring now, consider if the message sounds familiar.  A bonus song inspired by the state of the union address is included at the end of this article. The president had his say. The republicans responded. The tea folks responded. The talking heads[Read more...]

The Method of Frames (essay)

Mar 12th, 2017 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

Research from cognitive psychology, sociology, and findings from other disciplines inform us that the way we typically explain our own behavior, others’ behavior, and the social world is lacking in accuracy.  Most of us use a similar method  to construct these explanations. We can call it “the everyday method”.  As science informs us, it is less than accurate.  Consequently, it would be prudent to be aware of this inadequacy and to have a backup, an alternative.  The essay which can be accessed by clicking on the link below provides that alternative.  The alternative method is called “The Method of Frames”. [Read more...]