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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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World War I is finally over

Posted at: Oct/04/2010 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Historical Insights,

Does the title surprise you, on October 03, 2010 a unified Germany will make the last in a series of war reparation payments to other European countries that has spanned nearly ninety years. Based on the terms and intent of the reparation payments, I guess Germany and the Allies can call it even and “all square." The final payment as reported by the London's Telegraph newspaper is about $93.8 .....read more…

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Should Marijuana be legalized?

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

Related Category: Society,

What good is a debate if you don’t pick a subject that heats up the audience? The debate over Marijuana and its potential legalization has been going on for a long time. Nothing that gets said here is likely to change public perceptions, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have the discussion. Contrary to the beliefs of those who advocate the legalization of marijuana, my research of crime stati.....read more…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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Do we need to go to space?

Posted at: Aug/16/2010 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Perspectives,

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…

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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…

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The need for Public Sector Pay & Pension Reform

Posted at: Aug/08/2010 : Posted by: mel

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…

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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…

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I did not need to hear those words

Posted at: Jul/28/2010 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Perspectives,

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…

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