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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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Are video games really a learning tool?

Posted at: Jul/19/2010 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Education, Perspectives,

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…

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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…

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A strange shift of priorities

Posted at: Jul/11/2010 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Education, Society,

I am going to venture into education again. I know, it would seem like this subject has been talked to death. I have definitely written on the subject previously. This time my concern will be more sociological in nature. In California which is where I live, as with many states the primary source of school funding is from property taxes. When revenues fall class sizes grow and viable resourc.....read more…

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Attribution and the Internet

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

Related Category: Politics & Gov,

Are you confused, that’s alright…I have had this notion in my head for weeks and only just had it congeal into a more or less logical thought. Bear with me on this, what I am really talking about is the age old challenge of providing public safety and security. Let me be clear, “Attribution” means that when someone does something bad we can attribute it to them.

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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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