Author Archives: Kathryn Hickok

About Kathryn Hickok

Kathryn Hickok is Publications Director, Director of the Children’s Scholarship Fund-Oregon, and Development Coordinator at Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon's free market public policy research organization.

The Everyday Heroes of 9/11, Remembered

“The greatest thing I ever did with my life.” The largest sea evacuation in history took place on September 11, 2001, when nearly 500,000 civilians were rescued from Manhattan by boat in less than nine hours. By comparison, during World … Continue reading

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Freedom in Fiction: A Man for All Seasons

“So now you’d give the Devil benefit of law!” declares Thomas More’s son-in-law in Robert Bolt’s classic play, A Man for All Seasons. “Yes,” More replies. “What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after … Continue reading

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Freedom in Film: Shane (1953)

“That’s the trouble with this country. There ain’t a marshal within a hundred-mile ride.” Considered by many the greatest Western of all time, Shane opened on this day in 1953. Based on the novel by Jack Schaefer, Shane is about the end of … Continue reading

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Freedom in Film: Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot (1957)

Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot is the longest running motion picture ever, watched by more than 30 million visitors to Colonial Williamsburg since 1957. One of the most technologically advanced films of its day, it was recently remastered and … Continue reading

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Oregon’s Tax Freedom Day

Watchdog.org published this guest article by Cascade’s publications director Kathryn Hickok for Tax Freedom Day 2015. By Kathryn Hickok | Watchdog Opinion “Are you working to live, or living to work?” Well, maybe you’re working for runaway government spending. According … Continue reading

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Freedom in Film: Gettysburg (1993)

April 9, 2015 is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Appomattox Court House. The battle resulted in General Robert E. Lee’s surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia and signaled the end of the Civil War. In memory of this … Continue reading

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Freedom in Film: Won’t Back Down (2012)

Celebrating National School Choice Week 2015, here is Part 3 of Cascade’s “virtual” school choice film fest. Social problem films are not generally “feel-good” movies, in the sense that viewers feel comfortable with their feet up, eating popcorn, laughing with … Continue reading

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Freedom in Film: Waiting for “Superman” (2010)

Celebrating National School Choice Week 2015, here is Part 2 of Cascade’s “virtual” school choice film fest. The 2010 documentary film Waiting for “Superman” ignited new interest in the desperate desire of low-income parents to get their kids out of … Continue reading

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Freedom in Film: To Sir, with Love (1967)

Celebrating National School Choice Week 2015, we hope you enjoy Part 1 of Cascade’s “virtual” school choice film fest. Nearing the end of his patience, a first-year teacher challenges his scarcely literate students to think seriously about the lives ahead of … Continue reading

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“Among the Natural Rights of Mankind”

Each year since 1996, the President has declared January 16 “Religious Freedom Day.” January 16, 1786 was the day Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statue for Religious Freedom was enacted. The Statute guaranteed freedom of religion in Virginia and was a forerunner … Continue reading

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