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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The value of Torture
Posted at: Jun/23/2009 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Perspectives,
First of all I need to be clear, I am not an expert on torture and while I like to expand my knowledge base… I am quite comfortable in my bliss with respect to this skill set. The debate on the use of torture by American’s for the sake of our security has been a very heated debate for most of the past 8 years (since September 11th, 2001).
On September 11, 2001 I was getting ready for.....read more…
Are we seeing an Iranian revolution?
Posted at: Jun/18/2009 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Politics & Gov,
Iran’s recent election of a new president has led to almost continual protest and descent within the country. Whether the election was taken by fraud or not is the point of controversy. I find the parallels to Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 in China both worthy of noting, and cause for optimism.
A brief history refresher: In Beijing in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) a serie.....read more…
Is the American Dream alive?
Posted at: Jun/16/2009 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Watching America,
I guess we should start with a definition. Since I am doing the writing, I get to do my own definition. I believe that the American Dream is a belief that the freedoms granted to all citizens and residents of the United States provide us with an opportunity to potentially achieve any goal through our own personal hard work that we set our sights on. The most common manifestation of the American.....read more…
What is happening to healthcare?
Related Category: Healthcare,
In my youth, and that was a long time ago, my father taught me that there were three sins of polite conversation. Polite conversation is that conversation you might have with someone at a social gathering that you don’t know really well. In this unique setting the three subjects that my father taught me to avoid were religion, politics, and sex. The concern is that venturing into any of these s.....read more…
What is the American Identity?
Posted at: Jun/09/2009 : Posted by: mel
To me, this is one of the easier questions to respond to. I feel that the primary aspect of our national identity is a “Love of the Underdog”. I know, it sounds more like a theme to a movie. If you look at our own history, the origins of this Love of the Underdog are pretty apparent.
From 1754-1763 the French along with their Indian allies waged a war on the then British colonies of North Am.....read more…
The Illegal Immigration Challenge
Related Category: The Law,
First let me say that I am in favor of immigration. This countries history is built on the hard work and zeal of immigrants looking for the chance to create a better life for them selves. Not allowing the same opportunities to a new generation of immigrants that we have offered to a previous generation is simply not fair. On the other side of this issue is the notion of resources.
Many thing.....read more…
The value of talking
Posted at: Jun/01/2009 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: My philosophy,
I think that one of the best things about being a person is interacting with other people. Talking, listening, and general socializing is fun. Unless you are one of those rare “uni-bomber” types, you probably also enjoy the company of others. By our very nature we are social creatures. We communicate to share, we communicate to get affirmation, we communicate to avoid being alone, we communica.....read more…
Let’s talk about lying
Posted at: May/25/2009 : Posted by: mel
Is this a strange subject? Actually, I’m pretty proud that I have sat down to write a little on this. I know, we all grew up being told lying is wrong, that is pretty absolute so there should not be much of anything to say. The older I get the less I believe in absolutes.
As a parent I am tasked with a variety of roles, supervisor, teacher, mentor, philosopher, disciplinarian, ex.....read more…
Democrat verses Republican?
Posted at: May/23/2009 : Posted by: mel
Democrat verses Republican; how’s that for a question. I bring this up because I am getting frustrated with determining where my personal value and expectations best fit with respect to any one political party. In my arrogance I like to think I am a pretty average American, so it is very likely that others are in truth facing this same dilemma.
I guess a little history is in order to bring s.....read more…
California’s water shortage
Related Category: Environment,
So I should begin with some clarity. I believe that the state of California is in the midst of a dire water shortage. There is no great mystery in determining this. I am not a water expert, but the rules are pretty simple. The bulk of California’s water comes currently comes from two distinct sources, the Sierra Mountain snow pack and exported water from the Colorado river.