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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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It is never as simple as “Just an Iceberg”

Posted at: Apr/07/2012 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Perspectives,

100 years ago, April of 1912 the ocean liner Titanic sunk while crossing the Atlantic Ocean on her maiden voyage. Within hours of striking an iceberg, the great ship was gone along with 1514 souls. All of us learned this either in school, at the movies, or maybe by watching the history channel.

Disasters are continually plaguing humanity, but some are unique in how the manifest them.....
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An Important week for the Supreme Court

Posted at: Mar/27/2012 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: The Law, Watching America,

Traditionally, when the Supreme Court agrees to hear a case, they are agreeing that there is some critical issue that the lower court “may have” gotten wrong…or at least it is worthy of open discussion. Most cases that the Supreme Court agrees to hear are given 2 hours for presentation of arguments. Now the court has allocated 6 hours to hears arguements over portions of the "Affordable Healthca.....read more…

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We Need to Stop Being Cheap About Education

Posted at: Feb/27/2012 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Economics, Watching America,

We have been in a recession for a couple of years now. I would presume that virtually everyone reading this has been impacted, or at the least knows someone who has suffered from our economic downturn. 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 and the choices we ap.....read more…

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Management lessons to learn from 'Star Wars'

Posted at: Feb/27/2012 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: People, Perspectives,

A case study in how not to run a Galactic Empire, or your team for that matter By Alex Knapp My colleague Dorothy Pomerantz notes that this weekend, the re-issued 3-D version of "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, "pulled down about $23 million at the box office over the weekend. This got my mind to pondering the mistakes that people make, ranging from making the "Star Wars" prequels to reissuin.....read more…

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Is Pearl Harbor a fading lesson?

Posted at: Dec/05/2011 : Posted by: mel

Related Category: Historical Insights,

Little things often spark a larger meaning or deeper thought with me. The other day I noted in a small news article that rapidly faded to obscurity that for the first time in 70 years the Pearl Harbor Survivors would not be meeting Hawaii. I suppose the reason are kind of obvious, if they were old enough to be sailors and soldiers 70 years ago, the few remaining would likely be in declining heal.....read more…

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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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