Monthly Archives: January 2011

Health: A Caring Business?

In a guest column for the Joplin Globe (1/30/2011) Anson Burlingame discusses the financial ramifications of the end-of-life issue as it bears on MediCare and taxpayers.  In my opinion he does a good job in summing up the problem but … Continue reading

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The Quiet Price of Advice

One common thread running through my prior post and the comments thereto, the one on using the Passport Card to better control our borders, is the issue of “privacy”.  Discussing such concerns invariably raises the question of motivation for such … Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Armed Forces, Privacy | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Immigration Problem? Card It!

The lead editorial in this weekend’s USA Today newspaper comments on a tacit admission of failure by the federal government.  After some 4 years of effort the Department of Homeland Security has quietly cancelled the SBInet, a $1 Billion project … Continue reading

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An Economic Conversation

Having been inspired by my recent trip into the past in the time machine left to me by my distant ancestor, Dr. Wells, I recently resolved to test its functions for traveling into the Floyd’s house was a modest, well, … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Federal Government, Fiscal Policy, Government size, Government waste, Humor, Medicare | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Tilting At Wordmills

Two fine articles in Sunday’s (1/16/11) Joplin Globe about Mark Twain and his Huckleberry Finn controversy over the “n” word now have the windmills of my mind in a whirl. Words. What power they have, and what danger they hold.  … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Humor, Journalism | Tagged , , , , | 14 Comments

A New Year’s Story

About a week ago on New Year’s eve, Mollie in her nightgown and I in my robe had just settled down to celebrate with a glass of wine about ten.  We wished Canada a happy New Year and promptly settled … Continue reading

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A Cultural Journey

The persistence of the USS Enterprise scandal as a public topic is evidence that there is something profound in it, something that goes beyond the job assignment at its heart.  In my opinion that something is the changing nature of … Continue reading

Posted in Ethics / Morality, Leadership, Nuclear weapons, Submarines, U.S. Navy, War | 23 Comments