A Closer Examination of Obamacare

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or as society has dubbed it Obamacare, is an attempt to treat health care as a right and privilege that all Americans are entitled to.  Not since Lyndon B. Johnson and the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965 has the government attempted such an ambitious program of reform in the direction…

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New Year’s Resolutions

Every time the calendar resets we are confronted with the personal disappointment of New Year’s resolutions soon to be unmet.  Often these resolutions revolve around topics that are less important such as wanting to be thinner, getting better grades in school, and making more money.  I’ve been there and I have done that and after thirty something years…

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On the Wrong Side of History

A popular historical version of the Cold War is that America led the democracies of the world in a war for freedom against the repressive communist regimes.  This distortion of the political realities of the post World War II global community can easily be uncovered by stacking up the abuses of power on the part of both America and the…

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Innovation All Around Us: Glow in the Dark Trees

Innovation is an essential component of any society or community that seeks to avoid the trappings of conformity.  To that end, I introduce the first post in an occasional series titled “Innovation All Around Us”. Glow in the Dark Trees “San Francisco-based entrepreneur Antony Evans has come up with a radical idea for curbing power usage: “What if we…

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Why the Haves Should Not Instruct the Have Nots

There is a charity organization called GiveDirectly with a very simple premise.  This charity gives money directly to the poor and allows the poor to decide for themselves how to spend the money because each family knows best what they need.  People might worry, just as many members of the charity community expressed concern, as to how a charity organization…

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One quarter down…three to go!

As first quarter report cards go home many students and their parents will be evaluating success in school by the grades earned and the GPA achieved.  STOP THAT!  Instead, students should be evaluating success by reviewing their personal academic goals. If you said you were going to procrastinate less did you? If you said you were going to participate…

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Shameful Exploits of Christopher Columbus

On October 12th 1492, Christopher Columbus made landfall in the Bahamas and encountered the Arawak tribe, in effect discovering the New World.  This event is marked by the United States as a Federal holiday on the second Monday of October.  However, if we were to look beyond the discovery to the impact Columbus had in the Americas it would be hard…

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The Hidden Cost of Our Smart Phones

Tin, tungsten, and tantalum are three necessary metals for smart phones, computers, and laptops.  The problem is where these metals come from.   In a recent Smithsonian Magazine article on Conflict the author, David Zax, tells us, “Leading sources for those critically important metals are mined in Congo, where a brutal civil was has claimed more than five million lives…

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The Value of What We Own

It seems that we measure life by what we are able to amass, such as homes, cars, vacations, clothing, electronics… stuff!  I’m no less guilty than the next person.  For years I was able to buy new possessions for my apartment and improve the quality of my possessions.  But 30 days ago I put 90 percent of my possessions…

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Heroes

I am an avid sports enthusiast.  I love a hot summer day of baseball, I love the smell of fall and football, I love how soccer is the common language of our globe, I love the mental and physical courage of two tennis players as they enter hour 4 of their match, I love the stories of commitment…

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