July 10, 2019

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Weekly Writers Round-Up: School Choice in DC, Infrastructure and the Election, and the Bright Side of North Korean Diplomacy

By: Hallie Drew

Each week, we’ll be featuring opinion pieces from the alumni and current participants of AFF’s Writing Fellows Program. A few highlights from the past week are below. For more information on how the program can help launch your career in writing, see here.

Expand School Choice in DC by Jude Schwalbach (Fall 2018) in the Daily Signal
Families in the nation’s capital deserve a choice about educating their children.

This year, Congress has the chance to make changes to the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program—up for reauthorization—that could positively affect the future of D.C. children for decades to come.

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program provides scholarships to cover private school tuition for low-income children in the nation’s capital…

Infrastructure is the key to 2020 presidential election by Jacob Bruggeman (Summer 2017) in Detroit News
The Trump administration doesn’t seem to care all that much about infrastructure in the Midwest. As Democrats and President Donald Trump quibbled over infrastructure in late April, Midwesterners struggled to recover from the bomb cyclone that caused millions to flee the region and resulted in $1 billion in damage.

More recently, as Iowans and Missourians made plans to repair the flooding damages caused by unprecedented water levels in the Mississippi River, Trump abandoned infrastructure talks with Democrats…

If Trump and Kim Jong Un are talking, at least they aren’t bombing by Tyler Grant (Summer 2018) in the Washington Examiner
On June 30, President Trump crossed into North Korea and became the first U.S. president to visit the hermit kingdom. Figures on both sides of the political aisle condemned the president for entertaining a maniacal and evil dictator such as Kim Jong Un. Yet these critics get it all wrong: By maintaining dialogue, the president has yanked us from the brink of nuclear war and balanced a trilateral relationship between China and North Korea.

Open dialogue is essential in international politics. If we’re in ongoing economic or military discussions, we’re not lobbing intercontinental ballistic missiles at one another. That’s a good thing…