Jeff Minick

Jeff Minick

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Jeff Minick is a free-lance writer and teacher living in Front Royal, Virginia. He may be found online at jeffminick.com.

Recent blog posts by this author

Too Young? Too Old? What Age Restrictions Reveal About Our Humanity

On December 20, 2019, President Donald Trump signed into law the $738 billion Defense Spending Bill. In addition to providing for our nation’s military needs, the bill raised the legal age for smoking nationwide to 21 within the next year. This...

A New Year's Feud In the Land of MAGA

Dear Uncle Dan,   I hope you are well and still making friends. I’m sorry to hear the parole board turned you down, but there’s always next time. While shopping for Christmas, I ran into your ex, and Vera’s crude remarks tell me...

Up In Arms: The Battle Over Guns in Virginia

Political war clouds are gathering over the Commonwealth of Virginia. This past November, when the Democrats captured both chambers of Virginia’s legislature, Democratic State Senator Dick Saslaw introduced a bill for the 2020 session, SB16,...

My Letter To Greta: Some Questions and a Piece of Advice

Dear Greta Thunberg, Congratulations on making the cover of Time and being named “Person of the Year.” That’s quite an achievement for a person your age. Though I had followed you online by reading a few articles, the Time honor led me to look...

Fighting Loneliness During the Holidays

As I read through a recent Pew Research Center report detailing America’s dreary numbers regarding single-parent households, I came to a section on aging and living alone. Because I am doing both – collecting Social Security and living by...

What’s So Wrong With Using Plain Ol’ English?

First-rate writers and teachers tell us over and over that good writing should be clear and concise, that it should aim to be understood, and that it should avoid using artifice and pomp in an attempt to sound intelligent. Unfortunately, academics...

No-Hassle Holidays: A Fun and Easy Way to Give Gifts

Christmas, like Superman, is approaching “faster than a speeding bullet,” and some of us suddenly find ourselves in need of last-minute gifts. Maybe we forgot to buy Aunt Sarah a present. Maybe we just remembered that we are the Secret Santa for Joe...

The Never-Ending PC Assault

Forty years ago, 30 percent of believers belonged to mainline Protestant churches like the Methodists, Episcopalians, and liberal Presbyterians. Today mainline church attendance stands at about 10 percent of the nation’s total. Some suggest...

Kids and Sexuality: Enough Is Enough

Stop. No, that’s not enough. To paraphrase “the girl” in Hemingway’s story “Hills Like White Elephants,” “Would you please please please please please please please stop?” Second-graders at a swimming pool should not be placed in an adult...

Shots Fired: Some Thoughts on Guns and Gun Control

In 1961, when I was a 10-year-old living in Boonville, North Carolina, a town of 600 people, firearms were commonplace. Some of the townspeople hunted with rifles and shotguns, others kept handguns in their homes. High school kids drove to school...

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