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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There are too many people in Jail!
Posted at: Aug/15/2012 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Society, Watching America,
The United States leads the world at incarcerating its own people. As a percentage, we lock up more of our own citizens than any other country on earth. This growing population includes an increasing number of nonviolent inmates for longer and longer sentences. As budgets become tighter and tighter, federal, state and local programs including education are forces to sustain more cuts to keep al.....read more…
When do we call it performance enhancing?
Posted at: Aug/08/2012 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Perspectives, Sports,
If you have followed any of the news about the London 2012 Olympics, you have likely heard of Oscar Pistorius. Oscar was born with missing fibulas (the outer leg bones). As a result of his condition, both of his legs were amputated below the knees as a baby. Despite this condition, Oscar has risen to become a noted sprinter in the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes. He accomplishes these feats of r.....read more…
The fading of Amateurs from the Olympics
Posted at: Aug/01/2012 : Posted by: mel
If you are a person who likes quiet places, the Olympics are probably not going to be one of your travel destinations. Even if you watch the various sporting events from the comfort of your living room, there is still plenty of opportunity to cheer and make noise. Despite all this, one of the most significant events of the modern Olympics history took place with little more than a yawn to acknow.....read more…
Why I can’t stop watching the Andy Griffith show
Posted at: Jul/11/2012 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Perspectives,
A few days ago, July 3 of 2012 to be specific Andy Griffith passed away at age 86. I am not going to eulogize him here. Some actors are remembered for the skill and character they bring to a role. These performances lead you to feel the role could not have been done as well by anyone else. In other cases, we remember an actor more for the project they were associated with and its timeless valu.....read more…
Do Politicians live on a different planet?
Posted at: Jun/28/2012 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Politics & Gov, Watching America,
There have been a lot of articles recently discussing the wealth of those we elect to Congress. As we continue to mire in recession, this becomes an important issue. Our Congress is intended to be a “representative body”; between their accumulated wealth and their acquired benefits many of our elected officials appear to have less and less in common with the citizens they are charged with repres.....read more…
Sorry son, but you are not special
Posted at: Jun/14/2012 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: People, Perspectives, Society,
When my oldest son was still in those single digit years we enrolled him in a performing arts school. I remember attending one of his schools performance recitals where my son had to do a jazz dance routine before all the other students and their parents. I still recall that for being a performing arts school, almost everyone was pretty bad at what they did in their performances. It was entert.....read more…
The Decline of Horse Racing
Posted at: Jun/12/2012 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Sports,
Did you follow the news this last weekend? June 9th, 2012 was the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in New York. This is the historic third jewel of the American horse racing’s Triple Crown. This year’s race had more buzz than normal because “I’ll Have Another” was looking to become the first Triple Crown winner since “Affirmed” in 1978 having won at the Kentucky Derby and the.....read more…
The Eurozone, only half a solution
Posted at: Jun/07/2012 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Economics, World Watching,
Let me paint a background. It is June of 2012 and the great recession has been under way for 4 years. Economist and politicians claim the recession ended nearly 2 years ago, but for those of us in the real world those words are merely words. As tough as things may seem in America, they are worse in Europe. Ireland has adopted austerity rules imposed by Germany and is currently borrowing at over.....read more…
I have too much stuff
Posted at: May/23/2012 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Behavior, My philosophy, People, Perspectives,
I have too much stuff, I feel kind of embarrassed even saying it. I sure put a lot of energy into accumulating the stuff I have. I would suspect that most people in America do as well. This could be some natural transition from starting out in life with little or nothing at all. Our modern trend toward accumulating stuff may also be just the result of really good marketing and manipulation. Un.....read more…
What makes America Great?
Posted at: May/17/2012 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Historical Insights, Perspectives, Watching America,
I know, this question has been asked and answered by thousands before me. Nevertheless, I have felt compelled and challenged to write this since I started writing two years ago. This has been confusing for me because every time I felt I knew the answer, I quickly followed that thought with doubt after being dragged in a new direction I did not anticipate. I have a different tact I am going to t.....read more…