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Op-Ed Columns 1999

Tim O'Brien, former Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Michigan and noted libertarian author and lecturer, has offered this regular opinion column free to Michigan newspapers. The monthly column will present the libertarian position on issues of the day -- both state and national. See the press release on this subject.

ATTENTION EDITORS: Feel free to reprint the articles listed below, please inform the author, Tim O'Brien (at tobrien3211@home.com) when doing so, thank you.

December 13, 1999 - A Disarming Proposal
In an effort to reduce violent crime in public housing the Detroit Housing Commission is going to participate in a federal "gun buyback" program that will give residents $50 for every firearm they hand over to authorities.... [continue]

as published in the Detroit News


October 21, 1999 - Reforming Campaign Finance Reform
Someone once observed that, when legislation is for sale, the first thing that will be bought and sold is legislators. It seems that everyone has finally come to realize that something needs to be done about it...[continue]

as published in the Detroit Free Press


September 16, 1999 - The Changing Face of Racism
There must be something seriously wrong with how we define our political spectrum if I can somehow have been moved from one end to the other while always standing in the same place.

Take the issue of racial discrimination... [continue]

as published in the Detroit News


July 1, 1999 - The Allen Park Veterans Clinic
Last month six state reps (constituting a self-proclaimed "Task Force") convened the first of a promised series of public hearings on the status of the all but abandoned former Veterans Administration hospital complex in Allen Park. [continue]

as published in the Detroit News


June, 1999 - Playing Post Office
Whether to fight mail fraud as they allege or simply to legally ruin competition for the last monopoly protected area of their business, postal authorities will no longer play with renters of private mail boxes. [continue]

as published in the Detroit News


April, 1999 - School Millage Fatigue
On April 27 people in the Southgate school district will be forced to trudge to the polls for the fourth time in less than two years if they wish to express their opinion on a millage proposal. [continue]

as published in the Detroit Free Press


March, 1999 - Some Lessons from Black History
On September 8, 1925 Dr. Ossian Sweet moved his family into their new two- story, brick home on the corner of Garland and Charlevoix on Detroit's east side....[continue]

as published in the Detroit News


February 9, 1999 - Libertarian Pragmatism
Making the rounds in my political circle is our own version of the familiar "lightbulb" riddle that goes:

"How many libertarians does it take to screw in a lightbulb?"

The answer, of course, is: "None, the market will do it."

Once you get us beyond our natural tendency to harangue -- some might even say, pontificate -- endlessly about the inherent immorality of basing social institutions on coercion (we are actually naive enough to take Jefferson's words about "the consent of the governed" seriously), our answer to the challenge of providing public services always seems to be the same: unfettered free enterprise.... [continue]


February 2, 1999 - Know your Government
In one of what has become a seemingly unending series of assaults on our traditional, American way of life in the name of the War on Drugs, a new federal database of banking transactions first went on-line right here in Detroit in April of 1996... [continue]

January, 1999 - Drunk with Power
In his final radio address of 1998 President Clinton called for new federal regulations requiring all fifty state governments to adopt a .08% blood-alcohol standard for drunk driving... [continue]

as published in the Detroit News


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