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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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Do we need Term-Limits?

Posted at: Jun/09/2010 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Politics & Gov,

In this day and age of political frustration Term Limits regularly boils to the top of public debate. I have mixed feeling about the entire matter and on a fundamental basis view term limits as ridiculous. Think about it, term limits are intended to force regular replacement of “elected officials”. If these people are elected, can’t we get rid of them any time we want by simply voting them out?.....read more…

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The Rebellious Child

Posted at: May/22/2010 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: The Law,

I have boys and between them and their friends I feel like I see the “Rebellious Child” more than enough. Don’t worry, this is not about my kids, this is about the law. I guess I should begin with a short story as it were “ripped from the headlines”. There is little doubt that Terrance Graham was a wayward, rebellious child. At 16, he helped rob a restaurant in Florida and was sentenced to a .....read more…

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No Protestants on the Supreme Court

Posted at: May/21/2010 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Watching America,

It has finally happened; we are looking at the real possibility of a Supreme Court without any Protestant justices. Woops, does it sound like I revel in the possibility, absolutely not. What intrigues me is the lack of concern or interest in this matter. I did see one article that made the observation that with the potential appointment to the court of Elena Kagan we would have 6 Catholics.....read more…

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Distractions run amuck

Posted at: May/14/2010 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: My philosophy,

Concentration is defined as giving all of your attention to a subject or — hey wait, I just got an email message. Okay, I'm back. What was I saying? Oh right...something about concentration — a subject that any modern-day technology user knows is in very short supply now. The flipside of concentration is distraction. And in our always-on and always connected environment, we have more o.....read more…

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Why banks won't help homeowners

Posted at: May/12/2010 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Economics,

The investment banking sector is in the toilet. There are millions of homeowners who are underwater on their home loans. The federal government has pushed a program out to banks for restructuring home loans. It would seem obvious that we should be seeing a wave of easy refinancing to resolve this mess, but it just isn’t happening. Sometimes the obvious is just not all that obvious. Let’s take.....read more…

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Stop slouching and stand up straight

Posted at: May/07/2010 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: My philosophy,

I am here to tell you that your mother was wrong. Did I step on something I should not have…oh well! Truth is what truth is. I know, your teeth are crooked, but your mother told you “don’t worry…it’s what’s inside that counts”. If you are old enough to read this, you are old enough to know that mothers will always love their children regardless of first impressions and lie when they need to. .....read more…

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Charity needs you

Posted at: May/05/2010 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: My philosophy,

I have been puzzling in my mind for months on how to write about charity. The subject is very important to me. My quandary has been my approach. While I don’t want to preach, I want you to understand why charity should be important to you and an integral part of your life. Should I talk about the moral value of charity, should I look at the importance of doing good things for others, there is a.....read more…

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Regulating banks

Posted at: May/05/2010 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Economics,

There has been a lot of news about financial regulation coming from congress in the wake of the deepest recession in nearly seventy years. There is no doubt in my mind that the short-sighted motive for profit over financial responsibility led these banks to make irresponsible choices. For most of us, if we do something wrong and get caught there is normally a punishment and a change in the rules.....read more…

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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…

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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…

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