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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Being a Preppie isn’t getting it done
Posted at: Apr/20/2015 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: People, Perspectives, Politics & Gov,
Americans love their brands. When buying cars, the established brands always dominate in sales over new entrants regardless of the price differential. In the grocery store, the name brand ketchup will out sell the less expensive store brand with great consistency. In a similar manner Americans consider Harvard, Yale and Princeton as the go to place to find our “best and brightest.” Yet our shi.....read more…
For my son
Posted at: Apr/17/2015 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Behavior, My philosophy,
A funny thing happened on the way to college, I guess I should explain in a little more detail. It is high school spring break for one of my sons and we are taking 5 days to visit a number of colleges. Trips like this are expensive, yet they are also priceless. As part of this adventure we have visited a variety of schools taking the canned tours and meeting with their admissions advisors. In .....read more…
When will they learn to shut up!
Posted at: Dec/29/2014 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Perspectives, Politics & Gov, Society, Watching America,
The democratic process is a wonderful conundrum. We get to on a regular basic elect new people, placing them in positions of authority and responsibility. Sometimes we elect them because we clearly understand their agenda and see that as a path forward. Sometimes we elect people because we are optimistic they will be able to accomplish great changes even when we don’t know what those changes mi.....read more…
Some really good ideas
Posted at: Apr/17/2014 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Perspectives, Science,
Humans are fascinating creatures, we fight, we make up, we destroy, we create and we alter our world. I am sure some cultural anthropologist would say that these traits to some degree define what it means to be human and not merely another mammal among many. Using tools is considered part of what it means to be human. More important to me is the ability to create things that allow us to change .....read more…
What if he wasn’t killed?
Posted at: Apr/03/2014 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Historical Insights,
In June of 1914 two shots were fired in Sarajevo killing Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and his wife. Much like a series of dominos ready to fall in sequence, one thing led to another. In response to the assassinations, rulers in Vienna threatened Serbia; Russia came to the Serbia’s defense and Germany came to Austria’s defense. As the tiles continued to topp.....read more…
One heck of a speech in Russia
Posted at: Mar/30/2014 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Politics & Gov, World Watching,
Vladimir Putin's made a rousing address before Russian parliamentarians and officials a couple of days ago (March 18, 2014). The speech was in response to the fall of the Ukrainian government and the prompt annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by Russia under Putin’s leadership. Reading the translation of Putin’s speech, one could easily be lulled into the notion that the Russian people have been.....read more…
Finding the agenda
Posted at: Mar/13/2014 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Politics & Gov, Watching America,
Politics in America is an interesting beast. Throughout our brief history, our government’s legislative bodies have traditionally been dominated by two parties with a wide aisle between them. These political parties have changed over time and their agenda has evolved depending on challenges that our country has faced at any given time. The most recent manifestations of the Republican and Democr.....read more…
Is it really a sport?
Posted at: Feb/24/2014 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Perspectives, Sports,
It is February 2014 and the Winter Olympics hosted in Sochi Russia are underway. Thanks to the miracle of television and the internet I get to enjoy watching the competition in a variety of events. Some of the events I have enjoyed to this point include Speed Skating, Snowboarding, Cross-Country skiing, 2-Man Bobsledding, Ice Hockey and Super-G. As a lover of sports and competition I have to ad.....read more…
Bring back firing squads
Posted at: Feb/18/2014 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Society, The Law,
It seems as though most things we do or experience go through circular cycles evolving from acceptance, to falling out of favor and back again. Behind all the other issues that comprise our constant barrage of media cycles is a renewed debate on capital crime executions. Obviously, the debate on executing or not executing has not significantly changed, but the means of execution in those states .....read more…
Intolerance runs amuck
Posted at: Feb/12/2014 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Behavior, Common Sense, Society,
A moviegoer in Florida asks another man to stop texting during the previews. A few words are exchanged. One of the men leaves the theater, returning a short while later. Additional words are exchanged. The man who had been texting his babysitter flings popcorn at the other man. The man, who had left the theater and then returned, defends himself against the force of popcorn by shooting the ma.....read more…