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Opinions are fun. My friends tell me I am someone with lots of opinions and that's fine since I don't get mad at others when they disagree with me. In this same spirit I am interested in hearing yours views as long as you are able to share your views without boiling over. I look forward to hearing from you. I tend to write in the form of short essays most of the time, but contributions do not need to be in this same format or size. Some of the content here will date itself pretty quickly, other content may be virtually timeless, this is for the reader to judge.


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Cars that flopped

Posted at: Feb/10/2014 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Perspectives,

Cars matter a lot to most of us. While we publically justify our automotive purchases based on practicality, cost and efficiency, we often have other motives. Unlike a washing machine or vacuum, we are seen publically in our cars. For most of us, style and general appearance mean a great deal, if it didn’t we would all venture to the grocery store in our pajamas with disregard for any personal .....read more…

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The home team and my living room

Posted at: Jan/16/2014 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Common Sense, Sports,

I have never been very good at that spare time thing. If I am not working or sleeping, I am probably doing something for youth soccer or attempting a long overdue home project. Sunday, January 5th, 2014 was a rare event for me as I watched most of one football game and part of another. I was not an overt fan of any of the teams playing that day, it just became part of my afternoon. In truth, I .....read more…

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Why conspiracy theories?

Posted at: Jan/08/2014 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: People, Society,

One of the fascinating things with the internet is the wealth interesting thing you can read about. There are a number of news sites that provide instant access to global events. The science sites where new ideas are shared and discoveries are open for peer review are one of my favorite internet stops. Of course, there is an abundance of sites specializing in the gossip and embarrassing photos .....read more…

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The misguided intent of Obamacare

Posted at: Dec/05/2013 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Healthcare, People, Perspectives, Society, Watching America,

In case you have not noticed, healthcare has been a dominant theme in our news for most of the past three years (2011-2013). President Obama’s signature legislation of 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), (aka, Obamacare) has dominated the national debate and domestic agenda. I am concerned that leveraging the web for ACA registration actually makes it inaccessible for many Americans who do not .....read more…

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Is it Munich or Beijing all over again?

Posted at: Dec/05/2013 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Historical Insights, Politics & Gov, World Watching,

The United States and many of its allies have had a very bitter relationship with the Iran for nearly 34 years. During the last 3 months Iran has been engaged in a series of negotiations to relax some of the myriad of international sanctions imposed on it to pressure a freezing any further development with respect to their nuclear development program. For President Obama this could be a crucial.....read more…

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Freedom, Federalism and the First Amendment

Posted at: Nov/20/2013 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Perspectives, Politics & Gov, The Law, Watching America,

One of the bedrocks of our governmental institutions and infrastructure is federalism. This is the constitutional recognition of the legal origins of the United States as a union of independent states. America started, of course with 13 colonies, which evolved to become 13 states. With the passage of time and expansion of our geographic footprint America has gradually added 37 additional states. .....read more…

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Healthcare and bugs

Posted at: Oct/25/2013 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Healthcare, Politics & Gov, Watching America,

Healthcare in America is a serious problem. Millions of Americans can’t afford basic care and therefore either go without, or burden our emergency rooms for their care in the most expensive cost model possible. In response to this challenge, the Obama administration pushed through Congress the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in March of 2010. Also known as “Obamacare,” this act has become the signatu.....read more…

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What would George say?

Posted at: Oct/22/2013 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Historical Insights, Politics & Gov, Watching America,

Some say that modern politics are too far removed from historical examples to be realistically compared to anything in our school books. Others say that history is really about cause and effect, and the history books give us plenty of content to review when taking on the mess we call American politics. I am a strong believer in the latter and I feel that despite being dead for over 200 years, Geo.....read more…

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Game theory and politics

Posted at: Oct/12/2013 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Perspectives, Politics & Gov, Watching America,

We’ve all played games. Games have winners, losers and various types of outcomes. Some games are easy to manage and some are about understanding and predicting what your opponent is likely to do. Most games have rules and many games are enhanced when the participants bring special skills and developed strategies to the competition. In some game situations there is even the possibility for all .....read more…

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I just bought another car

Posted at: Oct/03/2013 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Behavior, Common Sense, Perspectives,

Cars are really fantastic. A car gives us the freedom and mobility to move back and forth by 5 or 500 miles in a day. Cars are available in a variety of colors and styles. Much like the clothes we wear, these choices are great because with all the hours we spend in a car; it’s nice to be seen in the car that fits our likes and character. I recently purchased my fifth new vehicle in 35 years. .....read more…

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