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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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The Voice of Steve Jobs

Posted at: Oct/08/2011 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: People, Perspectives,

For anyone who does not pay attention to the news, Steve Jobs passed away recently after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. I never personally met the man, but I feel the loss. There is that twinge you feel when someone very near your own age passes, or maybe it is because of his iconic presence in an industry that is so much a part of all of our lives. Others who have met the man will w.....read more…

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The Tea Party, Constitution and a Case of Heartburn

Posted at: Oct/01/2011 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Perspectives, Politics & Gov, Watching America,

The other night, after having far too nice a dinner, I awoke at 2:00 AM with a serious case of heartburn. I love going for beer and a burger with friends, but this is almost always the outcome. A meal like that never used to be a problem for me 25 years ago. Initially I tried channel surfing in the idle hope of finding a distraction to my discomfort. The weight loss infomercials did not captu.....read more…

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How was your Power Outage?

Posted at: Sep/09/2011 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Perspectives,

At 3:37 p.m. on Thursday the 8th, I was sitting at my computer pounding out code. With a sudden little popping noise the lights, my computer, and my last 20 minutes of work all went dark.

Power outages are not new to me; we seem to have one once a year at work that lasts for 20 minutes to an hour. These outages are generally an excuse to gather in someone’s window office and look at.....
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How Broken Can Things Get?

Posted at: Aug/22/2011 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Politics & Gov, Watching America,

I know, it’s the summer of 2011 and things look pretty bleak. European debt problems for many countries seem insurmountable. China is continuing to hold back their currency keeping their labor cost artificially low. American unemployment continues to remain high with no relief in sight. Wall Street, the equity side of our economy, is behaving more like one of those county fair rides that are i.....read more…

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Maybe we should be spending?

Posted at: Jul/11/2011 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Economics, Politics & Gov,

I can’t begin to guess the number of times I have channel surfed in recent months only be barraged by either “You can’t spend your way out of a recession”, or “you can’t borrow your way out of debt.” In our modern era of rapid fire media, both lines make excellent “sound bites”, but I am beginning to question how relevant either line is despite being very clever. The more I ponder this, the more.....read more…

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Are you ready for the end of the world?

Posted at: May/18/2011 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Common Sense, Perspectives,

Have you heard the news, the end of the world is upon us. Apparently our biblical judgment day is May 21 of 2011, just a few days left to get your personal compass pointed in the right direction. End of days prophets have been around for a while, but they seldom pick a specific day. At the center of all this is Harold Camping who speaks and hosts on Family Radio, a Christian network that is ru.....read more…

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What do you want from Government?

Posted at: May/12/2011 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Perspectives, Politics & Gov,

Ultimately, as we debate the issues of our national budget, debt, deficit, what we are really saying is “what do you want from government?” All of us as we look at our personal budgets weigh the difference between our desires and our limited financial resources to make choices. Some of our choices are easy, eat out less often, skip the European vacation, etc. Some of the choices are harder, rep.....read more…

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Slavery and the Civil War

Posted at: May/04/2011 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Historical Insights,

One of those common and sometimes almost mystical traits of humanity is our selective memory. This takes a lot of interesting form. Woman often scream in agony during child birth, yet moments after the arrival of their child start talking about doing it again. Thank goodness for selective memory, else as a species we would certainly cease to exist after just a few generations. Another example .....read more…

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Productivity or Fear

Posted at: May/03/2011 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Economics,

It has been a couple of years since the “Great Recession of 2008” started. When I turn on the news or check out online articles I see reports that unemployment is down and productivity is up. I suppose it has to be presented this way; our leaders need to sound like cheerleaders in the hope of spurring things forward. I suspect that being able to creatively interpret statistics for your boss is .....read more…

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Gas prices and rollercoaster’s

Posted at: Apr/28/2011 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Economics,

Have you heard the rumor, apparently the price of gas as finally “plateaued.” I really hate hearing that because it gets my expectations up, then I just get disappointed. I have hiked and explored a lot of the southwest and know what a plateau looks like. Most plateaus are pretty symmetrical so I would hope for prices to fall as fast as they climb, but it never seems to works that way. Ultimat.....read more…

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