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Thinking Out Loud

I don't know about you, but I think the word "blog" is a bit "blah."  It sounds like something from a 1950's sci-fi B-rated black and white movie.  "The Blog!"  Back in the 80's and 90's they were called "Op-Eds", or opinion pieces or editorials.  But then came the Internet and the advent of a new language.


I consider my opinion pieces to be "thinking out loud."  Face it.  Most of what we write begins with us running or walking and talking to ourselves.  So it is with my "blogs."  While much of what I write reflects a particular view point which you may or may not agree with, the important thing to me is that I am "thinking."  You just happen to have the benefit of reading what I think.  Like much of what we think about, our ideas are continually being tested.  We often have certain notions and must struggle with how they apply to the world about us -- or even more fundamentally, should they apply at all.


I hope you find the articles on this page enjoyable and inciteful.  Your comments are always welcome.


Are We In A Recession?


August 7, 2022

Why is there disagreement on the definition of a recession?


Where Does Inflation Come From?


July 7, 2022

Understanding what causes inflation is the key to solving it.


Mail-In Ballot Experience


June 18, 2022

Mail-in-ballots are certainly convenient.  But the process raises several concerns.


The Debt We Owe


June 2, 2022

Alaska’s Congressional Race and the National Debt


The Solution to Paying Off Student Debt


May 16, 2022

It is interesting to note how in the real world loans work. According to the Fed, non-performing loans in the real world rest at about 1%! Yet student loans are at 23%! It is clear that the student loan market is highly distorted. The objective is to re-introduce reality into the student loan marketplace.


Student Debt: Are Colleges to Blame?


May 9, 2022

A deeper look at how colleges are responsible for the mounting cost of a education, contributing to the scale of student debt.


The Problem of Student Debt


May 1, 2022

A look at the problem of student debt and the proposal of blanket loan forgiveness.


Fighting Inflation – Everyman’s Trip to the Grocery Store


April 7, 2022

Would you believe it if I told you that I saved 25% shopping this week?


Ukraine -- Poland 1939 All Over Again


March 25, 2022

An historical perspective on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


Broken:  Is Public Education Beyond Repair?


December 29, 2021

The controversy over critical race theory has peeled away several layers of our society that, like an onion, can only bring tears


Transparency and Critical Race Theory


December 4, 2021

Transparency implies a desire to be truthful. It assumes that the adults in the room have the confidence to calmly discuss issues. It assumes that where two people disagree, they can still respect one another. CRT cannot stand up to that test because the more it is investigated, the darker it becomes.


The New Wave


December 2, 2021

In order for a democracy to survive it must have an informed electorate. That is why the freedom and health of the press is vital.


The Pro Act and YouTube


September 3, 2021

Looks like we are about to be hit with another wave of political ads.  The Pro Act adverisements are a taste of what we will be viewing in the 2022 elections. This may spell the end of YouTube.  And what exactly is the Pro Act?


Almond Abstract and the Pursuit of Happiness


August 7, 2021

A lesson in economics in my pursuit of almond abstract.


Open Letter to Major League Baseball


April 2, 2021

What do you value more?  Election Integrity or Baseball?


Tribute to Rush Limbaugh


February 17, 2021

Regardless of your politics, you have to acknowledge that Rush Limbaugh rewrote the manual for news coverage.


Adults in the Room


February 3, 2021

Do you think it is time that politicians start acting like adults?


Why Parler?


January 26, 2021

Why take a stand in defense of Parler?


The Invisible Hand


January 26, 2021

Is there a need for a government response to Big Tech?




January 19, 2021

Are we capable in handling raw information from the Internet?


What's Not in a Resume


June 7, 2020

After roughly 40 years of professional work, what is not in my resume that can best explain my strongest skill?


Solution to Fake News


August 13, 2018

After a very busy Alaskan summer, finally getting back to writing.  Check out this blog and de-stress from the drama of "fake news."

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