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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Comparing Lee & Grant
Posted at: Sep/17/2010 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Historical Insights,
Some time ago I read another article in which an author was comparing Generals Grant and Lee during the American Civil war. Of specific interest this author focused on the Overland Campaign of 1864. It seems that everyone who writes about U.S. history eventually takes their shot at this comparison. I am not a professor of history, so my insights may be considered sophomoric, but I repeatedly see .....read more…
When disasters aren’t really disasters!
Posted at: Aug/22/2010 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Perspectives,
We hear a lot about disasters. In recent history we have had monsoonal flooding in Pakistan, an earthquake in Haiti, fires in Russia, another earthquake in Chili, and the environmental disaster of the Deepwater Horizon rig and oil spill. Despite all these real disasters we continue to go to the movies and watch disasters as entertainment; honestly it can be confusing and misleading.
A Mosque near the WTC site?
Posted at: Aug/19/2010 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Watching America,
It’s the summer of 2010 and there is another debate raging in America. Actually, when isn’t there a debate boiling about something. I guess part of the beauty of this country is that we can publically debate so many things without risk of going to jail. This time the subject is a proposed Islamic center including a mosque near the ground zero site of the destroyed World Trade Center (WTC) tower.....read more…
Do we need to go to space?
Posted at: Aug/16/2010 : Posted by: mel
Space travel is cool stuff. I was born in the late 1950’s. This meant that during those young and impressionable years I was totally transfixed as I followed every detail of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs. Other than a brief period during elementary school when I read Hardy Boy Mysteries, my genre of choice has always been science fiction. Of course the border between current s.....read more…
The Creativity Crisis
Posted at: Aug/08/2010 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Education, Perspectives,
How Creative Are You?
For years America has bragged about its creativity. We have produced everything from the automatic coffee maker to the Ronco food chopper, and a million products in between. These products have created new industries, phenomenal wealth, and untold numbers of jobs. Along the way we have replaced radios with televisions and televisions with flat screen entertainment systems.....read more…
The need for Public Sector Pay & Pension Reform
Related Category: Politics & Gov,
Let me set the table. It is the summer of 2010 and we have been in a recession for 20-24 months. Our financial system is rebuilding itself slowly after 15-20 years of unregulated greed at the expense of declining “financial service”. Anytime the tide is really low you get to see all the trash that has accumulated just beyond the beach. In a similar manner, that is where we are now. During the.....read more…
How and Why I write
Posted at: Aug/03/2010 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Self,
I thought I should share this in case my actions and experience have the chance opportunity to inspire others.
First of all you should know that I am mostly a very technical person. The majority of my education is in the engineer disciplines. This is because I like math and physics based challenges where you get to test your work in a clear and measurable way. Writing on the other hand is very.....read more…
I did not need to hear those words
Posted at: Jul/28/2010 : Posted by: mel
Way back in 1972 (I’m old enough to remember), George Carlin released an album of stand-up comedy entitled “Class Clown”. The only really memorable routine on the album was titled "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television". In this comedy monologue Carlin lists these seven words expressing amazement that the words on his list could not be used, regardless of context. You can look up the list f.....read more…
Are video games really a learning tool?
Posted at: Jul/19/2010 : Posted by: mel
Video games have a bad reputation. Many parents (including myself) have feared for years that their kids were spending too much time zoning out with the PlayStation, Xbox, Game Cube, etc. Having grown up without these same distractions I was sure for many years that my boys needed to be catching frogs like I did rather than playing “Frogger”. After watching my boys for a number of years I am begin.....read more…
Arizona & A broken immigration policy
Posted at: Jul/13/2010 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: The Law,
Let me paint the canvas for you. In April of 2010 the state of Arizona passed a controversial law dealing with immigration issues and the border it shares with Mexico. The law is mandated to take effect no later than August 1st of this same year. In early July the Justice Department of our federal government claiming “preeminent authority” filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court to block impleme.....read more…