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Dave Ross Commentary
Daily commentary from 97.3 KIRO FM's Dave Ross.
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Thursday, May 29, 2014
Why we should offer free college diplomas
The average value of a college diploma, taking into account the four years spent attending classes instead of working, tuition, loans – is $500,000 during the graduate’s lifetime. And that’s because college grads on average make TWICE what non-grads make.
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The word we no longer expect to hear
It’s official: The war in Afghanistan will soon be over.
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Microscopic Monsters interviewed the head of the Centers for Disease Control -- Thomas Frieden -- who again is warning about super-bugs, saying that they have now spread to every state.
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Monday, May 26, 2014
The soldier behind the medal
I interviewed a soldier once who had received the Medal of Honor. Sgt Leroy Petry. And I felt a little intimidated going in since to be worthy of the Medal of Honor you not only have to be very good at what you do – but also be willing to die doing it.
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Friday, May 23, 2014
It’s the Presidents fault
The raging discussion over the VA waiting list scandal is about who’s to blame, and the consensus of the political blogosphere is that it’s President Obama’s fault for breaking a promise he made in 2008 during his first campaign.
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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Veterans groups – be careful what you wish for
The story about the secret patient waiting list at the Phoenix Veterans’ hospitals includes what seems to me is a pretty important detail: the motivation behind the secret list.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The real cost of a free lunch
The rules say that schools taking federal money to provide free or low-cost lunches have to meet standards for each meal. This has sparked some political debate.
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Nothing could be finer than to throw the book at China
The Attorney General is accusing five Chinese military hackers of stealing trade secrets from American companies.
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Monday, May 19, 2014
Space feud
As anyone who’s ever served on the condominium board knows, perfect neighbors are hard to find. And so it is with the International Space station. In retaliation for our response to Russia’s annexation of part of Ukraine Russia’s deputy prime minister is threatening to ban US astronauts from taking the Soyuz spacecraft.
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Friday, May 16, 2014
Whose data gets to take the fast lane?
After the latest FCC vote, some critics are not so sure. They’re worried because the local connections that bring internet service into your home are primarily owned by four large corporations.
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Thursday, May 15, 2014
Can search engines decide elections?
Psychologist Dr Robert Epstein (STINE) says according to his research the answer is YES. He recruited 2000 undecided voters in India and had them do Google searches on actual candidates in this month's election. But unbeknownst to his test subjects, Dr. Epstein was manipulating the search results.
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
We have a rare intergenerational humor opportunity
You've heard the latest on the southern ice cap. According to the Internet's favorite astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, it is not the end of civilization.
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014
It's not the violence
We tend assume that if you spend hours and hours shooting up people in a video game like Halo, all the violence can leave you angry. But it's not the violence.
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Monday, May 12, 2014
It may be time for new hashtag
he First Lady has helped spread the Twitter hashtag "#BringBackOurGirls" worldwide. But what is that hashtag REALLY saying? It’s saying "United States, do something."
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Friday, May 9, 2014
When every school is a failure
David Iseminger, a member of the Lake Stevens School Board in Washington State, where the legislature is in a tussle with US Education Secretary Arne Duncan over how to evaluate teachers.
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