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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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Was 1968 a turning point?

Posted at: Apr/09/2009 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Historical Insights,

There is a lot of good material out there on the historical events of 1968 and how critical they were to defining change in America. History is by its very nature a study of the past, so with 40+ years having gone by it is easy to see how many things changed in America and the world during that year. I was only 11 years old at the time so while my father had the evening news on, I honestly did n.....read more…

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What is the future of Detroit?

Posted at: Apr/02/2009 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Economics,

Predicting the future has never been a science. For those who know me, you know that I like to look to the lessons of the past to speculate on the path for the future. But the predicament that our American auto industry is in is pretty much uncharted territory. In stead of expressing an opinion I will try to pull together everything I think I know and we’ll have to see how things unfold in a m.....read more…

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Abusing a Trillion

Posted at: Mar/26/2009 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Common Sense,

Have you noticed, we are being barraged every day now with the term “trillion”. I get the feeling there is a cavalier expectation you can gloss over large amounts by wrapping them in the trillion ribbon. It is no longer a 2200 billion dollar budget, now it is a 3.5 trillion dollar budget. Maybe there is a presumption that this makes the number smaller and more palatable. One trillion is still.....read more…

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Stay away from the Depression Word

Posted at: Mar/25/2009 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Economics,

Okay, so times are pretty tough. The stock market has lost a lot of value in the past 18 months, some banks are failing, many more people are out of work than in decades, and people are losing their home. Hey, this sounds a whole lot like that thing all of us studied in school years ago…The Great Depression. For all of the aforementioned reasons and many more it is really easy to jump to that c.....read more…

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Where were our media watchdogs?

Posted at: Mar/09/2009 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Economics,

Okay, so we have a global economic meltdown. Sub-prime mortgages, collateralized debt obligations, car makers making too many cars, excessive government waste and ear-marks, the list of contributing factors goes on and on. We are all now very much aware of what went wrong and what we should not have done or allowed. So where were our media watchdogs? In this country we give the press a grea.....read more…

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Improvising our way out of the recession

Posted at: Mar/06/2009 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Economics,

Any historian or reader of history will tell you there is a lot to be learned from history. Sometimes reading history presents us with a previous cause and effect that can be applied with great similarity to a current situation enabling us to predict a reasonable expectation. Sometimes the lessons of history are much more vague and need a broader interpretation. The depression of the 1930’s .....read more…

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California and Gay Marriage

Posted at: Mar/05/2009 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Society,

This whole issue frustrates me. First you have the 2008 California proposition with reverse wording where a yes vote is actually a no vote. Reverse wording has its place on SAT testing and such where you are challenging others to read and analyze all the content and effectively draw the right conclusion, but should never be used on a voting proposition. Ballots need to have clarity for all. Ne.....read more…

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How old is the earth?

Posted at: Feb/26/2009 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Common Sense,

How’s that for starting a controversial subject. What I am really asking is do you believe in “Creationism” or “Evolution”. To discuss that last sentence I believe you first have to ask yourself “how old is the earth?” The biblical fundamentalist will tell you around 6000 years. The scientist will tell you more than 4 billion. A good place to start is by visiting the Grand Canyon. If you hike.....read more…

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Why do I have to help pay my neighbor’s mortgage?

Posted at: Feb/22/2009 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Economics,

Okay, so I have played by the rules. I have a fixed loan on my home, I did not lie about my income level, I put a reasonable amount down and I can afford the payments. So I did all the right things and now the Obama administration is proposing a tax payer funded mortgage bailout. This is one of those double-edged swords where we really don’t have a choice. Don’t misunderstand me, I believe ver.....read more…

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The End of the Road for Pontiac

Posted at: Feb/21/2009 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Economics,

I heard today that GM (General Motors) has announced the end of the road for the Pontiac brand. I guess we all saw it coming so there really isn’t any surprise here. GM has far too many brands and therefore, far too many models for the current market. In the last 15 years many of these brands have blended to the point where the only difference between some Pontiac and Chevrolet models are the c.....read more…

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