Posted by alexfreeman1

On D.C. schools

A day of service reveals troubling truths about our nation’s schools, but also gives hope for improvement By: Alex Freeman Washington, D.C. is confronted with some intractable problems within its school system. Some of these problems reflect a greater enigma throughout the country, while others are unique to D.C. public schools. In 2008, almost half … Continue reading

Dogs in D.C. 

Dr. Caufield greets a fluffy Samoyen pup on our way home from the NoMa Metro stop. Photo: Alex Freeman By: Alex Freeman D.C. residents are fond of their canine friends. Stake out a spot on a bench along a residential street sometime in the evening, and you’re bound to see some furry friends enjoying a … Continue reading

Corn wins wars

Corn wins wars

Why America’s agricultural might helps uphold its status as a world power. By: Alex Freeman Yesterday, I wrote about the regulation of commodity futures, swaps, and derivative markets. That probably seemed abstract, especially to those of you reading from somewhere in the Midwest. Midwesterners, like myself, usually have more immediate concerns than learning Wall Street … Continue reading

The most important institution you’ve never heard of

The most important institution you’ve never heard of

Don’t be scared to learn about American finance By: Alex Freeman The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is “the most important organization you’ve never heard of.” Here’s why. The financial market is, by nature, complex. The people who make the rules and jargon keep it that way on purpose. They don’t want you—or any of … Continue reading

Lincoln did the heavy lifting

Meaningful civil discourse is within our grasp By Alex Freeman Documentary producer and writer Julie Winokur is not happy with how average people talk to each other about politics. She says we’re not very nice in our disagreements, and often fail to understand the other side. I agree. But is the status of public discourse … Continue reading