Articles by: Neal Ross

People are Strange

People are Strange

on May 31, 2018, 6:37 AM / in Opinion

Jim Morris, the vocalist for the rock group the Doors, once sang, “People are strange…” I couldn’t agree more; people definitely are strange. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t particularly hate anyone; it’s just that they confuse and frustrate me sometimes. As long as people are friendly towards me I will be friendly in return; but I am very particular […]

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The Civil War: The Last Dying Gasp of Federalism in America

The Civil War: The Last Dying Gasp of Federalism in America

on April 24, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History, Opinion

How many of you remember back in grade school when they would give you a sentence with a blank in it, then provide you with choices to fill in the blank correctly? I want to try something similar, except I’ll never know how you answer. So fill in the following sentence with either “federal” or “national”: In the United States […]

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By What Authority? (Part 1)

By What Authority? (Part 1)

on December 11, 2017, 8:14 AM / in Opinion

“Where’s the justice, where’s the law; raise your healthy voice.” Ted Nugent~(Stormtroopin, 1975) I often wonder if people have ever stopped to think about the reasons for which our government was established, and if there are any limits to the things they believe it can and cannot do for them. From the conversations I have had with people, I seriously doubt […]

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What Do You Believe In (And What Will You Risk To Defend It?)

What Do You Believe In (And What Will You Risk To Defend It?)

on November 28, 2017, 7:21 AM / in Opinion

If I were to ask you what the purpose of the law should be, how would you respond? It is a valid question and one which I’d like to spend a little time discussing. I’m not there with you, so I can only guess as how you would answer my question; but I believe I can make some pretty accurate […]

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From Beginning to End (How America Lost Its Soul) Part 4

on November 19, 2017, 6:00 AM / in History, Opinion

Nearly a month after the conflicts at Lexington and Concord, delegates gathered together in the city of Philadelphia for the Second Continental Congress. Their goal was to resume where the First Continental Congress had left off the following year, and although independence may have been on the minds of many, it was still a subject that had yet to be […]

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If I Were To Show This At Work, I’d Get Fired

If I Were To Show This At Work, I’d Get Fired

on November 17, 2017, 7:16 AM / in Opinion

For the past few nights, the company I work for has been packing 25 pound cases of pitted prunes for the Food and Drug Administration. What they intend to do with them once they are shipped to them is something no one seems to know. I’m assuming the employees at the FDA aren’t going to eat them themselves, so that […]

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Ross: On Freedom of Speech (Twelve Steps to Happiness)

Ross: On Freedom of Speech (Twelve Steps to Happiness)

on September 30, 2017, 6:00 AM / in History, National News, Opinion

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” ~ Joe Klaas When I write these commentaries it is never my intent, nor has it ever been, to piss people off. That said, I know that the things I say, do in fact, piss many people off; and, quite possibly, harbor ill will towards me. Although […]

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Are People Brain Dead?

Are People Brain Dead?

on September 20, 2017, 7:32 AM / in Opinion

What began as outrage over the display of the Confederate Battle Flag progressed to the removal of ‘offensive’ statues and monuments which honored Confederate heroes, and now it has moved on to the defacing of other monuments; such as the recent vandalism done to the monuments dedicated to Christopher Columbus and Francis Scott Key. I suppose the obvious question is; […]

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Where Does The Buck Lie?

Where Does The Buck Lie?

on July 17, 2017, 8:03 AM / in Opinion

Imagine for a moment that you decide to go on an extended vacation. Before you leave you hire someone to house-sit for you; clean your home, pay your bills, and maintain your yard while you’re away. Upon coming home from your vacation you find that your house has been completely remodeled into something that you find horrendous. How would you […]

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You Want To Know What The Problem Is?

You Want To Know What The Problem Is?

on May 16, 2017, 6:27 AM / in Opinion

I’m pretty certain that there is not a sole alive who was present when our Constitution was written or argued for, or against, in the State Assemblies. I’m also pretty certain that there is not a sole alive whose parents, or grandparents for that matter, were alive at that time either. What this means is that everything you know about […]

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Letter to District Court Judge William Orrick  /  Neal’s Soapbox

Letter to District Court Judge William Orrick / Neal’s Soapbox

on May 1, 2017, 6:34 AM / in Opinion

Just a few days ago District Court Judge William H. Orrick put a temporary block on President Trump’s move to cut federal funding to cities that declare themselves to be sanctuaries for illegal aliens. I am sending this letter to him stating my position on the subject. Neal Ross XXXXXXXXX Olivehurst, CA 95961 District Judge William H. Orrick San Francisco […]

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How Hard Is This To Understand?

How Hard Is This To Understand?

on March 23, 2017, 6:54 AM / in Opinion

The very first settlers to what we now call America came here under a charter granted them by the King of England; allowing them to establish English Colonies in the New World. The first wave of settlers may have brought supplies with them to help in establishing these Colonies, but make no mistake about it they faced hardships many of […]

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How Do You Think? (Or Do You Just React Emotionally?)

How Do You Think? (Or Do You Just React Emotionally?)

on March 14, 2017, 6:49 AM / in Opinion

Neal’s Soapbox I have never given much thought to the actual process of how I think; until now that is. I don’t know if there is a technical term for how I lay my ideas out, but I like to think of it as a logical, linear progression; where I establish one fact, then based upon that fact I prove […]

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Poisoning The Well

Poisoning The Well

on February 12, 2017, 6:35 AM / in Opinion

Recently I’ve been hearing with increasing frequency the use of the word Snowflake to describe certain people, or categories of people, in the United States. I understood the basic context the word was used as, but had to look it up to see what the actual meaning was. According to various sources a Snowflake, or the Snowflake Generation, is a […]

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People Actually Believe This Garbage

People Actually Believe This Garbage

on January 24, 2017, 5:26 AM / in Opinion

Neal’s Soapbox I’m used to arguing with people over slavery being the sole cause of the Civil War; it is what they were taught in schools and I can, at least, understand why they are so vehement in their beliefs. However, the other day I read an article that left me flabbergasted; and then the comments following it showed that […]

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Has Liberty Been Lost Forever?

Has Liberty Been Lost Forever?

on December 22, 2016, 6:27 AM / in Opinion

We have a rule. We never free a mind once it’s reached a certain age. It’s dangerous, the mind has trouble letting go. ~Morpheus~ The Matrix When a person presents another person with a piece of information, especially one that contradicts an existing belief, the person receiving it has but three options; 1) blindly accept it, 2) reject it outright, […]

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Well I’ll Be Damned

Well I’ll Be Damned

on November 10, 2016, 7:10 AM / in Opinion

First off, let me admit that I was wrong; I didn’t think Trump stood a snowball’s chance in hell to win. I was almost certain that the powers that be would not let him win. Unlike many people I know, I’m not afraid to admit when I have been wrong; and this was one of those times. I’m not saying […]

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Has America Crossed The Rubicon?

Has America Crossed The Rubicon?

on October 31, 2016, 7:13 AM / in Opinion

Crossing the Rubicon is an idiom used to describe a point in time when someone, or something, has passed a point of no return. It refers to an event in 43 B.C. when Julius Caesar took a legion of Roman soldiers and crossed the Rubicon River, violating Roman law and initiating insurrection against the government. The moment Caesar crossed that […]

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Damn Right I’m A Rebel

Damn Right I’m A Rebel

on October 14, 2016, 6:57 AM / in Opinion

Why do you vote? It’s a simple question; four words, that at first glance, seems innocuous enough. Yet were I to ask people why they vote I’d most likely be rewarded with an answer. However, were I to ask people what they are doing when they vote; a well thought out answer might not be as forthcoming. Oh, they may […]

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Perversion By Construction

Perversion By Construction

on October 8, 2016, 6:32 AM / in Opinion

I don’t know if you realize it, but there is a certain amount of stress involved in writing these commentaries. It’s not that the things I write about are that complicated; it is just that I can’t seem to get others to see the concepts I write about with the simplicity that I do. If there ever was a definition […]

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