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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Doing the math on energy
Posted at: Dec/21/2009 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Environment,
So I have been doing some reading and math with respect to a "carbon footprint". If the goal is to reduce the amount of carbon being expelled into the atmosphere, then we need a real goal....say 50% reduction. Switching from 160HP gas burning cars to 75HP plug-in electric cars is not actually a savings. In the U.S. we produce the majority of our electricity from either coal or natural gas. Fac.....read more…
Are we really fixing Healthcare?
Posted at: Dec/17/2009 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Healthcare,
It is now the waning months of 2009 and congress has been haggling over healthcare for most of the last 6 months. Some how I feel we are seeing an attempt to control a wildfire with a common garden hose. I guess the real question is “what do you attack first”?
Fundamentally the challenge with our current system is the excessive cost to get medical care and the large segment of our p.....read more…
The Challenge of Public Education
Posted at: Oct/26/2009 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Education, Perspectives,
I have wanted to build an essay on this subject for quite a while, but I have struggled with what direction my theme would take. It has finally dawned on me that this is in itself metaphoric of the issues facing public education. There are so many different internal and external pressures being applied to education that there is no longer any possibility of a simple understanding or a simple solut.....read more…
Too much bad news
Posted at: Oct/22/2009 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: My philosophy,
It is very easy to feel overwhelmed. In this era of continuous information, 24 hour news channels, pod casts, iPhone, etc it is easy to decide that our world is falling apart.
Technology has given us access to a continuous stream of information and most of it seems bad. Bank failures, unemployment numbers, suicide bombers, murder, rape, greed, corruption, tax increases….seems like.....read more…
Barack Obama and the Nobel Prize for Peace
Posted at: Oct/15/2009 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Perspectives,
It was recently announced that President Barack Obama had been awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. This announcement sparked criticism, controversy and praise. I have mixed feeling on the award and will try to unload my thoughts with some direction and hope they lead to a conclusion.
"Alfred Nobel wrote that the prize should go to the person who has contributed most to the developmen.....read more…
Things ain't what they used to be.
Related Category: Historical Insights,
Things ain't what they used to be, that sentiment harkens back to a simpler day in which innocence was not met with sarcasm, a man's word was his bond and yadda yadda yadda. How many times have we heard that rant, it’s probably right up there with the “when I was a boy stories” we all get tired of hearing. What a bunch of bull &%#@.
I would really like to know which time period in th.....read more…
Why stop at 435?
Related Category: The Law,
During the Constitutional Convention in 1787, the delegates supported and debated many ideas. The larger states wanted representation in the one chamber based on population. The smaller states didn't think that would be good for them.
The Great Compromise, also known as the Connecticut Compromise, was the result of the delegates coming together to devise a better plan. This plan, as we know it .....read more…
Work Life Balance
Posted at: Sep/25/2009 : Posted by: mel
Have you heard the term Work-Life-Balance? This is a very stylish thing to talk to these days. There are books on the subject, professional speakers who purport to be experts in the field, corporate training sessions, so what is all the hype? The noise is about how you live your life. Are you in control of your destiny and your time, or are others.
Work-Life-Balance is the balance we seek b.....read more…
Campaign Finance reform in reverse
Posted at: Sep/10/2009 : Posted by: mel
Over the last 40 years there has been a slow but steady growth in laws regulating contributions to political campaigns. At the federal level these laws are enforced by the Federal Election Commission. The debate on these laws has risen to the Supreme Count.
The arguments are centered around a movie attacking Hillary Clinton. Citizens United wanted to air ads for the anti-Clinton movie and .....read more…
Remembering Walter Cronkite
Posted at: Jul/19/2009 : Posted by: mel
There have been a number of notable people who have passed on in the last few weeks. I am not big on glorifying or memorializing entertainment personalities, but Walter Cronkite was much more than that to me.
The evening news we have now is a great deal different than what was broadcast 30 years ago. The so-called production value of modern news broadcasts is substantially better th.....read more…