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by Walter E. Williams

George Orwell said, "The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history." In the former USSR, censorship, rewriting of history and eliminating undesirable people became part of Soviets' effort to ensure that the correct ideological and political spin was put on their history. Deviation from official propaganda was punished by confinement in labor camps and execution.

Today there are efforts to rewrite history in the U.S., albeit the punishment is not so draconian as that in the Soviet Union. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu had a Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee monument removed last month. Former Memphis Mayor A C Wharton wanted the statue of Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, as well as the graves of Forrest and his wife, removed from the city park. In Richmond, Virginia, there have been calls for the removal of the Monument Avenue statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gens. Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and J.E.B. Stuart. It's not only Confederate statues that have come under attack. Just by having the name of a Confederate, such as J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church, Virginia, brings up calls for a name change. These history rewriters have enjoyed nearly total success in getting the Confederate flag removed from state capitol grounds and other public places.

Slavery is an undeniable fact of our history. The costly war fought to end it is also a part of the nation's history. Neither will go away through cultural cleansing. Removing statues of Confederates and renaming buildings are just a small part of the true agenda of America's leftists. Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, and there's a monument that bears his name -- the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. George Washington also owned slaves, and there's a monument to him, as well -- the Washington Monument in Washington. Will the people who call for removal of statues in New Orleans and Richmond also call for the removal of the Washington, D.C., monuments honoring slaveholders Jefferson and Washington? Will the people demanding a change in the name of J.E.B. Stuart High School also demand that the name of the nation's capital be changed?

These leftists might demand that the name of my place of work -- George Mason University -- be changed. Even though Mason was the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became a part of our Constitution's Bill of Rights, he owned slaves. Not too far from my university is James Madison University. Will its name be changed? Even though Madison is hailed as the "Father of the Constitution," he did own slaves.

Rewriting American history is going to be challenging. Just imagine the task of purifying the nation's currency. Slave owner George Washington's picture graces the $1 bill. Slave owner Thomas Jefferson's picture is on the $2 bill. Slave-owning Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's picture is on our $50 bill. Benjamin Franklin's picture is on the $100 bill.

The challenges of rewriting American history are endless, going beyond relatively trivial challenges such as finding new pictures for our currency. Consider that roughly half of the 55 delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia were slave owners. At least half of the 56 signers of our Constitution were slave owners. Do those facts invalidate the U.S. Constitution, and would the history rewriters want us to convene a new convention to purge and purify our Constitution?

The job of tyrants and busybodies is never done. When they accomplish one goal, they move their agenda to something else. If we Americans give them an inch, they'll take a yard. So I say, don't give them an inch in the first place. The hate-America types use every tool at their disposal to achieve their agenda of discrediting and demeaning our history. Our history of slavery is simply a convenient tool to further their cause.

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. To find out more about Walter E. Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at

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Wonder why your flight is late?

by John Stossel

Why planes keep circling?

Why even after you've landed, you sometimes can't deplane?

Bad weather plays a role, but flying is also nastier because American airports use 50-year-old technology.

This shouldn't surprise us. Government bureaucracies are always slow. That's as true on the tarmac as everywhere else.

It's not Federal Aviation Administration workers' fault. They're just following the government rulebook that says you must not change something without getting permission first. You must not buy anything without going through cumbersome acquisitions regulations.

The FAA's new NextGen system was designed to make the system more efficient by using satellites instead of ground-based radar. It would let planes fly closer to each other, speeding up everything. This technology has existed for two decades, but because of the bureaucracy, it's still being rolled out.

"By the time the government gets the equipment, many times it's no longer state-of-the-art," complains Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

Outside government, progress happens. Uber replaces taxis because Uber is better and safer. Waze is better than paper maps. My laptop, on which I write this, is better than my typewriter.

Outside government, people constantly invent better computers, phones, foods, music...

Within government, people follow the old rules.

So President Trump did the right thing when he said he wants to privatize air-traffic control.

"Our air traffic control system is stuck, painfully, in the past," said the president. "Billions of tax dollars spent and the many years of delays, we're still stuck with an ancient, broken, antiquated, horrible system that doesn't work."

Trump is right. "Antiquated, horrible" are common descriptions of government monopolies everywhere.

The usual crowd of statists condemned privatization. "Fees will go up, seat size will go down," complained Sen. Chuck Schumer.

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Evan and Kara Canfield are excited to announce the grand opening of their new local pet food business, Pet Wants Colorado Springs.

Kara and Evan Canfield

Pet Wants’ carefully developed proprietary pet food is slow-cooked in small batches with fresh, high-quality ingredients once per month, so every kibble is guaranteed to be fresh and packed with nutrition. Pet Wants Colorado Springs offers free, personal delivery to all of greater Colorado Springs from the top of Pikes Peak to the edges of the eastern plains.

“I love Pet Wants because the company really does care about pets. Pet Wants isn’t some big retailer that only cares about the bottom line. We are here to make it easy to get high-quality food but also to answer your questions, provide excellent customer service and to work with you to improve the health and well-being of your pets through nutritious food,” Evan said.

In addition to being made fresh monthly, Pet Wants only sources the best salmon, chicken, lamb, brown rice and other ingredients available. There’s no sugar added, no fillers and no animal by-products and Pet Wants never uses corn, wheat, soy or dyes, which makes the food great for animals with allergies. Pet Wants Colorado Springs – which offers multiple blends of dog food and cat food – also offers healing salve, calming balm, anti-itch spray, paw wax and more.

Evan and Kara are originally from the Cincinnati area, where Pet Wants was founded. They had visited the original store in Findlay Market and knew the founder, Michele Hobbs. Kara, a nurse, and Evan, a former firefighter, had been working in major manufacturing, but they had been doing a lot of research into pet food since adopting their five-year-old rescue dog, Maya.

“I was watching a Saturday morning show about animal rescues and it made me think about that original Pet Wants store. I asked Kara what she thought about seeing if we could open our own Pet Wants here in Colorado Springs and the rest is history,” Evan said. “We have been dog people for our entire lives and our furry friends are our family. We feel it’s only right to give back to our pets as selflessly as they do for us. Pet Wants gives us the opportunity to help provide pet families with the nutrition needed for happy and healthy lives.”

“As a nurse and a former firefighter, we’re looking forward to getting more involved in the community in a way that makes a positive impact on people’s lives,” he added.

Hobbs originally launched Pet Wants in Cincinnati in 2010 and the business was built to provide proprietary crafted, fresh, slow-cooked, high-quality pet food delivered to customers through a retail store and a convenient home-delivery service. Hobbs, now the company founder, turned the business into a franchise in 2015 with the help of Franchise Funding Group, an investment and franchise-development company designed to help entrepreneurs scale their companies nationally as franchise systems.

To learn more about Pet Wants or to get a free pet food sample, call (719)357-7383, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

About Pet Wants: Pet Wants was started by Michele Hobbs out of love for her pets and frustration. Veterinarians were unable to help relieve her dog’s painful skin allergies. After doing much research, Michele discovered the national dog food brand she trusted was not fresh and lacked sufficient nutrition and, when pet food sits in warehouses and store shelves for months and months, it loses even more nutritional value. She was committed to developing a better solution for all dogs and cats. Pet Wants food is exclusively crafted – fresh, healthy, and slow-cooked with no sugar added, no fillers, and no animal by-products. Pet Wants sources only the best salmon, chicken, lamb, brown rice, and other ingredients. Fresh ingredients make for better food, which translates into better health for pets. And, since Pet Wants never use corn, wheat, soy or dyes, the common pet health problems associated with these ingredients are no longer worries. Pet Wants fresh food is conveniently delivered to the customer within weeks of production, not months. You can learn more at

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Back to Eden is now open at 5520 S. Hwy 85/87, Unit 107. in Fountain, Colorado.

Back to Eden features healthy, natural health and beauty aids as well as herbs and spices and all natural cleaning products.

From their website: “All of our essential oil-based home, health, and beauty products are made specifically with the goal of improving the quality and simplicity of life.  Each product is designed to provide a  chemical-free solution that caters to our customers' specific needs.  We use only the best certified pure therapeutic grade (CPTG) essential oils, and high-quality ingredients sourced from other small, natural-solutions companies like ours.”

Back to Eden is located in the Fountain Valley Shopping Center, behind Valley Espresso and next door to Peakview Windows and Siding. You can find them on the web at, on Facebook at or give them a call at 719-392-4542. They’re open from 10am to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday.

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The Passport Program, a pocket-sized book full of 2-for-1 drink specials at the best bars in town, is now available in Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, Kansas City, Nashville, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. Founded in Denver in 2013, The Passport Program has been guiding craft beer, spirits, and wine lovers through some of the top culinary cities in the country. The program is well designed, tangible, and intentionally curated, which fills seats season after season.  

“The demand for The Passport Program continues to grow every year,” said Amy Osgood of The Passport Program. “This demand is coming from both purchasers and establishments that want to participate. Passport holders love to explore both the new and old locations that the Passport features. Venues see the program as an opportunity to grow their customer base, and highlight what libations they produce best.”

The program launches Friday of Memorial Day weekend and runs through Labor Day. Each Passport is valid for one special at each establishment; upon redemption, bartenders will stamp the Passport. The program aims to help residents and visitors discover new, unique, independent local establishments.

“Summer is the season of both relaxation and adventure. The Passport Program brings these experiences together, and serves as a field guide to exploring the food and beverage scene in a new unique way,” said Osgood.

The 2017 Passport Program launches on May 26th and runs through September 4th. Passports will be available for purchase starting on May 16th at The program is $20 in Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, Kansas City, Nashville, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C and $25 in Denver.

Photos: Images of the 2017 Passport Program can be downloaded here. Photo credit can be given to Lewis Neeff.

Venue Lists: If you are interested in a venue list for a specific city, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About The Passport Program
The Passport Program is a program featuring local restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries and wineries in Boulder,, Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins,, Kansas City, Nashville, and Washington, D.C. Valid from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. More information is available at