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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Separating church and state
Posted at: Mar/30/2010 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Watching America,
To this point I have made a conscience effort to avoid writing about religion, but in America you can’t discuss politics without eventually touching on religion. Separating church from state is a long running argument. The borders have been continually shifting just to make the target even more elusive.
I should begin with a few historical notes for a reference point to build on. The “separa.....read more…
Does Terrorism Work?
Posted at: Mar/27/2010 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Society,
This is a scary question, but it needs to be legitimately looked at.
As Americans we reel at the vague possibility that terrorism might be effective. From our earliest childhood learning experiences we are taught that violence does not solve problems, but only makes them worse. As adults, when we see violence, rage, or the threat of violence we begin to speak of mediation, middle ground and t.....read more…
Who writes this stuff?
Posted at: Feb/22/2010 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Perspectives,
A couple of weeks ago having had a late night beer, cheeseburger and fries I came home and could not get right to sleep, heartburn seems to plague me much more now than 20 years ago. Popping some antacids I decided to take up the remote and watch a little TV to take my mind off my discomfort.
After some channel surfing I settled for an hour of Star Trek. As is normally the case, the Captain .....read more…
Are we behind in Science & Math Education?
Related Category: Education, Perspectives,
President Obama recently kicked off an “Educate to Innovate” campaign to help boost US students from middle-of-the-pack mediocrity internationally in science and math achievement to the head of the class over the next decade. The good news is that this initiative included $260 million in partnerships involving the federal government, companies, foundations, nonprofits, and science and engineering.....read more…
What’s wrong with Zero-Tolerance in public schools?
Posted at: Feb/08/2010 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Behavior, Education, Society,
Before I start to rant, I should begin with some background.
Zero-Tolerance policies began sweeping the country in 1994 after Congress required states to adopt laws that guaranteed one-year expulsions for any student who brought a firearm to school. By tying federal funding to compliance with the Congressional mandate, all 50 states rapidly adopted similar laws.
Public policy towards childr.....read more…
Wrapping up 2009
Posted at: Dec/29/2009 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Historical Insights,
These things are kind of fun to write. In the theme of fun I will make a best effort at avoiding being verbose.
Change is inevitable, how many times have we heard that…but that is the nature of humanity. We are continually changing our world despite how much we also resist change. Seems like yesterday that we were all worried about Y2K and how our technology driven world would be c.....read more…
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
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…