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Daylight Saving Time and Other Temporal Nonsense

This past weekend, most of the United States switched to “Daylight Saving Time” (DST). This is a major hassle and source of many personal irritations: First, why does our government call this charade “daylight saving time?” Do they really think that it saves daylight? Or do they just think that they can dupe enough people into […]

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Daylight Savings Time

Last weekend, most of us in the United States had set our clocks forward one hour for our springtime jump into Daylight Saving Time (DST). We will stay in this mode for seven months, at which time we will “fall” back to “normal time.” This means that every man, woman, and child in the US […]

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Does Freedom of Speech Have a Responsibility?

One of the core tenets of living in the United States is a right we revere: “Freedom of Speech.” Within very broad limits (such as not screaming “Fire” in a crowded room) we, in the USA, enjoy the freedom to say what we want, when we want, and in the way we want. At least […]

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Should Everyone Really Have a College Education?

Several years ago, the United States made a concerted political push to increase home ownership rates. The idea was to help renters become buyers. Politicians argued this would have many benefits for those who made the jump. This included an increased standard of living, greater self-esteem, and financial security (by building up equity). As a […]

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Gandhi’s Seven Deadly Sins

Mohandas Gandhi considered these to be society’s seven deadly social sins: Wealth without Work Pleasure without Conscience Science without Humanity Knowledge without Character Politics without Principle Commerce without Morality Worship without Sacrifice It sure gives one something to think about.

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Are You Pro-Life?

Ask someone who is “pro-life” what that means and he or she will most likely say they are against abortion. True, but what else? If pressed, they may also mention opposition to euthanasia. That seems a lot like someone claiming to be a “music lover,” but who only listens to classical music—how limited and shortsighted. […]

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Are You Ready for Daylight Savings Time?

Winter, as measured by the amount of snow and extreme cold, has dragged on for too long. I’m ready for spring. A milestone that signals the approaching of a new season is the annual switch to daylight saving time (DST). In case this isn’t on your calendar, get ready. It occurs in a few days, […]

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The Long Term Problems with China’s One-Child Policy

In my family, there are a lot of two-children families. My bride and I both came from two-children homes. We have two children ourselves and both of our kids’ spouses hail from two-children families. Plus, my sister has two children. So my mom has two children and four grandchildren. If the trend continues, she will […]

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The Future of the Legal Profession

I recently made the acquaintance of a lawyer who was a founding partner in his firm.  I asked what he saw for the future of his profession. His answer was quick and direct: “There are too many law schools that are graduating too many lawyers.” I pondered the ramifications of this.  “Does that mean there […]

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If You Don’t Vote, You Have No Right to Complain

Tomorrow (Tuesday) is the primary election in Michigan.I’ll be glad when it is over, with the mailings and robocalls escalating to the point of being ridiculous. We’ve been receiving multiple items from the same candidate on the same day. door-to-door campaigning is ridiculous—one-day last week, three people stopped by! I’ve given up answering the phone […]