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Which of Your Child’s Sports Will Be Next?

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Another Attempt at Trampling on Parental Rights Underway

A national campaign to target liberty in the field of children’s sports is threatening to shut down private businesses that provide fun in a safe environment – the indoor trampoline gyms.

Perhaps challenges are coming to your town.  Representative government is running unchecked.  These are unelected bureaucrats that are dictating public policy.  Here is an example of one challenge happening in the city of Provo, Utah:

This Monday September 23rd the unelected Utah County Health Department will vote on whether you as a parent, should have the right to decide for yourself and your children how you play at commercial trampoline gyms.

If you are local and can attend, here’s the info:

County Board of Health Meeting
Monday, September 23, 2013
4 p.m until 5 p.m.
Utah County Health and Justice Building
151 S. University Ave., Suite 2500, Provo, Utah

If this unelected bureaucracy gets its way, it could mean:

  • No dodgeball

  • No flips

  • No kids below the age of six on the trampolines.

Take action NOW to protect your parental rights! Click here to read and sign the petition.

In every sport there is an inherent element of risk and danger.  Baseball players accidentally get hit with baseballs or bats. Basketball players may sprain an ankle, break a leg, or dislocate a shoulder. Even the harmless version of  touch or flag football, a player may suffer a concussion or worse.

While playing we all have had all few skinned knees, a couple falls, and the occasional trip to the emergency room in a hospital.  This author has sprained her ankle four times playing baseball, basketball, and dancing on stage. My children have had their share of injuries, including one son that broke both wrists in a long-boarding accident.

However, we wouldn’t trade those lessons learned, the hard-won medals, the sweat and tears of learning a new skill, or the teamwork skills we learned just because there was some risk involved.

With all this unforeseen danger, why would we ever engage in sports?  An even better question is why would we let our kids play sports?  The simple answer is that we learn to work together toward a goal, we gain self-confidence, we stay healthy and increase our human experience while playing sports and engaging in physical activity. These attributes we gain outweigh the risks.

Scientific studies have shown that trampoline gym activities are safer than most sports.  Here are some statistical comparisons:

Sport

Injury Rate

Injuries per 1,000

Baseball

1.7%

17

Softball

1.0%

10

Soccer

2.1%

21

Football

1.5%

15

Trampoline Park

0.2%

2

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics Journal, “Survey of the Injury Rate for Children in Community Sports”, Marirose A. Radelet, Scott M Lephart (PhD), Elaine N. Runbinstein (PhD), and Joseph B. Myers (PhD), Pediatrics 2002; 110; e28; DOI: 10.1542/ped.110.3.e28

This nation and its states and local cities and towns are being run by the unelected.  If we continue to allow these government bureaucrats to succeed in every arena – including this latest skirmish, regulating commercial trampoline gyms, your freedom to play your sport could be next.

What would stop them from regulating how old kids can be to go swimming, or play baseball, snow skiing or even gymnastics?

Well, we can, and we must take a stand against this threat to our representative form of government and its attack on private, free enterprise.

Even if you don’t live in Utah county, please click here to sign the petition.  If you do live in Utah County please attend the County Board of Health meeting Monday, September 23 from 4 p.m until 5 p.m. at the Utah County Health and Justice Building, 151 S. University Ave., Provo Suite 2500

For more information about the safety of trampoline parks visit:http://getairhangtime.com/injury-rates-vs-other-activities/

Petition Link: http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-regulation-of-trampoline-facilities-in-utah-county?share_id=VEuOPkzIJZ&utm_campaign=share_button_action_box&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition

Facebook Event Page:

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Another Attempt at Trampling on Parental Rights Underway A national campaign to target liberty in the field of children’s sports is threatening to shut down private businesses that provide fun in a safe environment – the indoor trampoline gyms. Perhaps challenges are coming to your town.  Representative government is running unchecked.  These are unelected bureaucrats […]

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The Real War Behind Common Core Part 6: An Education Policy Action Plan

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Part 1 establishes a backdrop for how the people have lost local control and have confused the public with the private, and indeed have formed mergers called, “public private partnerships” or “P3s.”

I urge you to review each Part in sequence so that you can follow the logic and avoid confusion or out of context misinterpretation of this argument.

Part 2, describes the history behind the P3 and began to discuss what this sacred cow is and how it has killed “choice” in the trade market.

Part 3 explains more about what this sacred cow is, how it has damaged free enterprise and competition in the health care industry, and how it is applied to education policy.

Part 4, dissects the anatomy of the Charter school movement vs. the private school and show what has gone wrong – very wrong – enough to kill reduce parental choices and to destroy the private schools and force them into the public system.

Part 5, illustrates how open enrollment, the hallmark of school choice/charters, has forced loss of local control and accountability to the taxpayer, and how it is feeding the consolidation of power beast. I identify the charter school as the business model, funding plan and organizational structure for the regionalization and nationalization of public schools.

Solutions: Where To Begin? Read More

Part 1 establishes a backdrop for how the people have lost local control and have confused the public with the private, and indeed have formed mergers called, “public private partnerships” or “P3s.” I urge you to review each Part in sequence so that you can follow the logic and avoid confusion or out of context […]

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The Real War Behind Common Core Part 5: Charter Schools and Loss of Local Control

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In Part I, I established a backdrop for how the people have lost local control and have confused the public with the private, and indeed have formed mergers called, “public private partnerships” or “P3s.”

I urge you to review each Part in sequence so that you can follow the logic and avoid confusion or misinterpretation of this argument.

Part 2, describes the history behind the P3 and begins to discuss what this sacred cow is and how it has killed “choice” in the trade market.

Part 3 explains more about what this sacred cow is, how it has damaged free enterprise and competition in the health care industry, and how it is applied to education policy.

Part 4, dissects the anatomy of the Charter school movement vs. the private school and shows what has gone wrong – very wrong – enough to kill reduce parental choices and to destroy the private schools and force them into the public system.

In Part 5, I illustrate how open enrollment, the hallmark of school choice/charters, has forced loss of local control and accountability to the taxpayer, and how it is feeding the consolidation of power beast. I identify the charter school as the business model, funding plan and organizational structure for the regionalization and nationalization of public schools, which completely removes accountability to the local taxpayer.  This is taxation without representation.

School Choice, Charter Schools = Loss of Local Control

For years, parents complained about how they were stuck with one neighborhood school they didn’t like, but they couldn’t move, and they had no choices.  Back to Part 1, I explained how I ran for the school board on a “school choice/voucher” platform because I felt that same frustration.  We needed a choice of curriculum and if we couldn’t get it in the neighborhood school, then we should have the right to apply for another school.  It’s was called “open enrollment.”

How wrong I was.  But we got what we wished for.  Here’s the flaw:  Read More

In Part I, I established a backdrop for how the people have lost local control and have confused the public with the private, and indeed have formed mergers called, “public private partnerships” or “P3s.” I urge you to review each Part in sequence so that you can follow the logic and avoid confusion or misinterpretation […]

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The Real War Behind Common Core Part 4: Charter Schools vs. Private Schools

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In Part 1, I established a backdrop for how the people have lost local control and have confused the public with the private, and indeed have formed mergers called, “public private partnerships” or “P3s.”

I urge you to review each Part in sequence so that you can follow the logic and avoid confusion or misinterpretation of this argument.

Part 2, describes the history behind the P3 and began to discuss what this sacred cow is and how it has killed “choice” in the trade market.

Part 3 explains more about what this sacred cow is, how it has damaged free enterprise and competition in the health care industry, and how it is applied to education policy.

Part 4 dissects the anatomy of the Charter school movement vs. the private school and show what has gone wrong – very wrong – enough to kill reduce parental choices and to destroy the private schools and force them into the public system.

Choice/Charters vs. Private Schools

school choice-chartersJust as we established in the last segment (Part 3), education choice is following a parallel path as health care by establishing public-private partnerships, called P3’s.  Many of the same funders of Common Core are the same people that have set up the charter school as the “competition” in education as the “school choice” model.

Myths About Charter Schools
Here are some myths surrounding choice/charter schools. Read More

In Part 1, I established a backdrop for how the people have lost local control and have confused the public with the private, and indeed have formed mergers called, “public private partnerships” or “P3s.” I urge you to review each Part in sequence so that you can follow the logic and avoid confusion or misinterpretation […]

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The Real War Behind Common Core Part 3: Public Private Partnerships and the Free Market

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In Part 1, I established a backdrop for how the people have lost local control and have confused the public with the private, and indeed have formed mergers called, “public private partnerships” or “P3s.”

I urge you to review each Part in sequence so that you can follow the logic and avoid confusion or misinterpretation of this argument.

Part 2 describes the history behind the P3 and began to discuss what this sacred cow is and how it has killed “choice” in the trade market.

Part 3 here explains more about what this sacred cow is, how it has damaged free enterprise and competition in the health care industry, and how it is applied to education policy.

Comparing “Free Market Choice” in Another Context

What many did not realize when they embraced the concept of “free market-choice” is that because of Heritage Foundation’s development of that movement’s sacred cow – the North American Free Trade agreements, the U.S. would lose millions of jobs overseas, and it would be competing with socialist nations that subsidize their corporations and production. Naturally, this forced our nation to do the same, if we were to compete in this “free” global economy.  All very Friedman-esque.

But wait. I wonder, did Milton Friedman anticipate that entering the “free” market of socialist economies that subsidize and manage their private enterprises – or own them – would force the United States to subsidize our private corporations and production and become more socialist ourselves in order to compete with them? Read More

In Part 1, I established a backdrop for how the people have lost local control and have confused the public with the private, and indeed have formed mergers called, “public private partnerships” or “P3s.” I urge you to review each Part in sequence so that you can follow the logic and avoid confusion or misinterpretation […]

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The Real War Behind Common Core Part 2: Origins of Public Private Partnerships

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In Part 1, I established a backdrop for this turbulent flight toward socialism the United States is on and how the people have lost local control. In their lack of understanding of basic representative government, they have confused the public with the private, and have formed mergers called, “public private partnerships” or “P3s.” Please review Part 1 before reading Part 2 to avoid confusion or misinterpretation of this second segment in the series of six.

Yes, there is history behind the P3’s that the United States public policy advocates and lawmakers are embracing, especially on the conservative Right. As my Russian friend explained in Part 1, these partnerships don’t have a happy ending. [Warning: More turbulence ahead. If you need a bag, it’s in the pocket on the seat in front of you.] Read More

In Part 1, I established a backdrop for this turbulent flight toward socialism the United States is on and how the people have lost local control. In their lack of understanding of basic representative government, they have confused the public with the private, and have formed mergers called, “public private partnerships” or “P3s.” Please review […]

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A Petition to STOP Nationalized Education and Restore Local Control

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This petition has a pre-requisite:  that you first read the blog post Restoring Our Schools  – An Education Policy Action Plan and this additional informational article.  These provide essential background information about which you may not be aware and will most likely answer any questions you may have.

The petition is directed to elected officials at the local, state and national levels and is offered for endorsement and use by policy organizations and individuals who share the perspective that what’s at stake in this current Common Core Standards debate over whose standards are best – yours or mine – is largely a battle overlooking the real war that must be won: the fight over loss of local control, free enterprise and our representative form of government.

It wouldn’t matter if the standards were from the Ten Commandments or the Communist Manifesto, debating the merits of standards merely lends credibility to the unconstitutional role of the federal government to control society with common – or uniform – national standards.

If you agree with us that there’s much more at stake, or if you have suggestions, please comment, but be sure to study this issue thoroughly, and then sign this petition.  Click “more” to read it.  The petition is to the right of this blog site.  Read More

This petition has a pre-requisite:  that you first read the blog post Restoring Our Schools  – An Education Policy Action Plan and this additional informational article.  These provide essential background information about which you may not be aware and will most likely answer any questions you may have. The petition is directed to elected officials […]

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The Real War Behind Common Core Part 1: Local Control vs. Nationalization

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How to Restore Our Schools and Representative Form of Government
An Overview and Action Plan
Part 1: 
Local Control vs. Nationalization

This article in 6 parts was prepared for activists everywhere who seek remedies to the radical reforms that have transformed education from the tradition education in basic facts to today’s new focus on workforce training and tracking.  In Part 6, an Education Policy Action Plan is proposed. The five preceding segments of this series is to lay a logical foundation for understanding the proposed action plan.

Background

How to Win the Battle and Lose the War

In 1989 I was recruited to run for a school board in Dallas, Texas.   I was a young mom of five, and the issue that brought the concerned parents together was the proposal to remove honors classes from the schools and to create a brand new middle school that cut back on academic time and added psychological counseling time for every student.

I took my own crash course in education and identified the problem of lowering the basketball standard so all could reach it, a strategy for dumbing down the students.  I saw that there were no choices in Dallas, but that some good “back to basics” schools had been organized, one in Mesa, Arizona – the Ben Franklin School.  And I wanted a choice like that for my own children. Read More

How to Restore Our Schools and Representative Form of Government An Overview and Action Plan Part 1:  Local Control vs. Nationalization This article in 6 parts was prepared for activists everywhere who seek remedies to the radical reforms that have transformed education from the tradition education in basic facts to today’s new focus on workforce […]

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Time for Doug Wright to Retire?

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Doug Wright, KSLOn March 20, 2013, Doug Wright aired some damaging segments on Utah’s caucus-convention system.  He is the voice of KSL during those morning hours, and to many his voice carries a tacit endorsement of the sponsoring organizaton that owns the station, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

 

Under the Fair Use Doctrine, we’ve posted small segments of KSL’s radio talk show host Doug Wright discussing Utah’s Caucus-Convention system. What irony. He called those of us who are working to keep the grassroots voice from being disenfranchised by the elitists and the media outlets of which he is a part … the “elitists.”

This is an unbelievable spin, and an example of how the grassroots is being entirely misrepresented. It was so alarming, I was compelled to post my comments here. My sentiments are shared by many who have worked so hard to keep this party from being controlled by the “establishment” who are the rich and famous elitists and DC lobbyists threatening to destroy it.

By the way, for posting this information, I received a phone call from an attorney at Kirton and McConkie demanding that I remove these clips because I had violated “intellectual property.” Actually, no. I did not. I checked with my attorney and the clips remain. Enjoy the spin. Apparently Doug had quite a tantrum about it. Bless his heart.

Part I

Part II

Part III

I have a message for Doug Wright:

Doug, you are obfuscating the truth. You know you are.

You know that you represent the liberal Rove Wing elitists because you constantly brand those of us who are conservative as “extremists” the same way your wing of the party branded Ronald Reagan years ago. Read More

On March 20, 2013, Doug Wright aired some damaging segments on Utah’s caucus-convention system.  He is the voice of KSL during those morning hours, and to many his voice carries a tacit endorsement of the sponsoring organizaton that owns the station, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.    Under the Fair Use Doctrine, […]

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