BS, USNA, Annapolis, 1959; MSA, The Geo. Washington U., 1975; Submariner, Commander, USN, 1959 - 1981; Aerospace battery engineer & mgr., 1981 - 1999; Political affiliation: Mainly of the Democratic persuasion but not a fan of the extremes on either side.
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"The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind."
-- William Blake, A MemorableFancy
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To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour.
-- William Blake, Auguries of Innocence
"We are here on earth to do good for others. What the others are here for, I don't know."
-- W. H. Auden
"Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence."
-- Wiliam Blake, The Argument
"Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed."
-- Herman Melville, US novelist & sailor (1819 - 1891)
"It’s better to believe in what you know than to know what you believe in."
-- HL Gaskins
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Monthly Archives: June 2011
A Taxing Subject
In today’s Joplin Globe, Robert Reich makes his case that, “. . . rather than depress economic growth, higher taxes on the rich correlate with higher growth.” He adds, During almost three decades spanning 1951 to 1980, when the … Continue reading
Navy Coffin Nails
Our hometown newspaper, the Joplin Globe, has a Sunday feature that I increasingly like. Called “Forum”, it examines contentious issues and usually presents positions on both sides. This is good journalism. It not only sells papers but encourages the public … Continue reading
What’s That Smell?
Am I the only one who finds our system of justice sometimes strange and inconsistent? My attention was caught by a short item in Wednesday’s USA Today (6/22/2011, p. B1). It reported that, The CEO of what had been one … Continue reading
Just Gimme The Latest and Greatest, Doc!
Most Americans, I submit, believe that our medical system is not only the world’s most expensive but also the world’s best. When we have a problem we want the latest and best test, medicine, and procedure. Would it surprise … Continue reading
What Would Socrates Say?
I have attended many classes in my seven decades of life, twelve years of primary school, four of college and the equivalent of two for post-graduate. Maybe that is enough to have an opinion about the notion that education is … Continue reading
The Elusive Palace of Wisdom
Perhaps this would be a good time to summarize the many roots of America’s financial malaise. While most pundits bemoan its symptoms, they tend to shun its root causes. Symptoms include the high costs of gasoline, air fares, baggage fees, … Continue reading
It appeared to be an “aha” moment, confirmation that the welfare system is corrupt and out of control. Somebody bought steak and lobster with food stamps. Snopes confirms that it’s true. It happened in Michigan last February. The good news is … Continue reading
A Boy’s Blue Highways
My blog friend Keith Spillett has posted a well-written little memoir about car trips in the twenty-first century, noting the boring sameness of the experience as he and his family traveled the interstate diagonal from the Southeast to the upper … Continue reading
A Different Gulf Disaster?
For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always. — Mark, 14:7 A basic principle of physics and engineering is that there must be a difference … Continue reading
That’s The Way It Is
All too often newspaper commentary is banal, predictable and light on originality, so when I find a column that is none of those things I think it is worth some attention. Investigative reporter and journalism teacher Max McCoy (whose picture … Continue reading