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John Dewar Gleissner

Citizen based in Birmingham, AL, United States. Joined on Aug 13, 2011
Expertise in Politics, Government, Hunting & fishing



Op-Ed: Who is biased against sentencing and prison reform?

Prison and sentencing reform face many obstacles. Bias in many different forms and from many perspectives explains much of the problem.

Op-Ed: After this government deadline, the deluge begins

Washington - The recent deadline over ObamaCare is only the beginning of the deadlines over deficit spending by the United States government.

Op-Ed: Was Trayvon Martin a Gangsta?

Trayvon Martin claimed in a text message to be a gangsta. We should take him at his word and see if that had any role in his death.

Op-Ed: Mass incarceration from a conservative perspective

I am pretty tough on the left wing in my approach to incarceration reform, because the fight against “mass incarceration” usually takes on a socialistic, victim-oriented approach. I will try to even things up a bit.

Op-Ed: Gun control versus gun rights

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” -- Second Amendment to U.S. Constitution

George Washington Favored Judicial Corporal Punishment

In the midst of America's current correctional crisis, a letter written 230 years ago by George Washington has surfaced again. When Washington was building the Continental Army out of untrained soldiers, he found it necessary to increase discipline.

Op-Ed: Putting America’s Economic House in Order

The United States of America is still the world's leading economic and military power. How can the U.S. preserve that position?

Op-Ed: Prison Paradigm Shift Away from Big Government Needed

We face a massive prison crisis in the United States, and some thinking outside the box is necessary. Earlier in American history, incarceration was rare or non-existent. Shouldn't we figure out what they were doing right?

Op-Ed: How to Punish Convicted Sex Offenders

Allegations against Jerry Sandusky bring up the ugly topics of child molestation and sexual offenses. The U.S. Supreme Court eliminated the death penalty for certain sex crimes, but American society can increase punishment in other ways.

Op-Ed: College football — The South shall rise again

Birmingham - Racial dominance still plays a role all across the South. This time, things are different, because the South is winning.

Jefferson County, Alabama Sets Record with Chapter 9 Bankruptcy

Birmingham - Jefferson County, Alabama declared the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history this week. The debt stems from an upgraded sewer system.

Op-Ed: Reported Confidential Settlements – A Host of Problems

Confidential settlements can mean a host of different things, and it's tough to find out the truth because they are supposed to be secret.

Op-Ed: Five Killer Whales Versus 2.3 Million Humans

Many people label relationships and situations they dislike as "slavery." Communists call salaried workers "wage slaves"

Op-Ed: Outline of National Disaster — Mass Incarceration

Getting tough on crime through traditional incarceration eventually gets tough on law-abiding people through damaging economic & social consequences. Thinking out of the box is necessary.

Op-Ed: Donald Trump Was Right About China

New York - Donald Trump believes China takes advantage of the United States. In at least two ways, from the perspective of just one individual, he is right.

Op-Ed: Avoiding the Day of Reckoning

The old tools we used to improve the economy do not seem to work these days. Globalization is a prime suspect in America's current predicament.

Op-Ed: A Debate Among Winners

Simi Valley - The Republican debate on Sept. 7, 2011 displayed an astonishing degree of agreement among the candidates concerning the economic issues facing the United States.

Op-Ed: American-Pakistani Friendship — At an End?

American-Pakistani friendship is not ending -- it never existed. We can find ways not to need their assistance. Lowering our profile in the Muslim world is a good place to start.

Op-Ed: How to Feel Better About the Casey Anthony Verdict

Orlando - Many justice-loving Americans were shocked when Casey Anthony was found not guilty of murder, manslaughter or aggravated child abuse.

Op-Ed: The Waste of Solitary Confinement

Solitary confinement causes mental illness, but we use it more than we did 100 years ago. Our society can do a much better job of punishing offenders than simply locking them in isolated cages.
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