Monthly Archives: July 2015

Sustainable Growth – A More Enduring Future

Today more than ever before many communities are feeling the effects of growth. Growth happens most in regions where there is a demand for jobs. For example in Silicon Valley in California many high-tech and social media companies flourish alongside community colleges and universities scattered throughout the region. Young students come from all over the country and world to study there and many are later offered jobs requiring their skills Others seeking job opportunities travel from all over the nation to take jobs there. But growth has consequences, especially rapid growth. Housing near jobs are in great demand and thus are expensive and unavailable. Since cars are almost the sole mode of transportation in the U.S. the roads and freeways become congested with people trying to commute to work from a distance. Continue reading

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Why America’s Obsession over Gun Rights

Another in as string of mass shootings took place on July 16th as Mohammad Abdulazeez killed five people at a Marine recruiting center and Naval Reserve in Chattanooga Tenn. Guns are so incredibly easily to acquire over the internet and elsewhere in the United States. It is the only nation where the right to bear arms is a Constitutional right. However “Every day in the U.S., an average of 289 people are shot. Eighty-six of them die: 30 are murdered, 53 kill themselves, two die accidentally, and one is shot in a police intervention, the Brady Campaign reports. Between 2000 and 2010, a total of 335,609 people died from guns … Continue reading

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Affluence, The Plight of All Things Natural

Affluence is the economic state of having considerable wealth relative to the majority of the general population. Throughout history the powerfully affluent have been responsible for wars, disease, pollution, waste, over consumption of resources, and upsetting the balance of nature. Affluence, by its very nature, perpetuates poverty to provide cheap goods and labor to serve its many pleasures. Wherever affluence exists pollution and poverty are sure to fester where resources, natural or human, exist to feed its voracious appetite for extravagance and convenience. Modern man has existed for some 200,000 years … Continue reading

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US Iranian Agreement and the Lifting of Sanctions

I feel really good about President Obama’s agreement with Iran to lift US/UN sanctions. Assuming it is not stopped by Congress this will be another legacy to Obama’s credit. I have been quite critical about Obama in the past and continue being skeptical. But in his second term he is starting to really get things done. My criticism with him is that he is not proactive. He is often not in favor of something until it becomes more mainstream then he changes his position on it. He is very cautious about his image. He was not proactive about the open gay in military and gay marriage issues until it became more widely accepted. Continue reading

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Adult Autism (ASD) – Living in a Vacuum

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has, in recent decades, received much attention and press. It appears that the rate of ASD is increasing. No one is certain if this increase is real or simply because educators, parent, physicians, etc. are looking for it more closely than before. Perhaps it is both. There are many clinics, schools, and psychologists who specialize in treating children with diagnosed ASD. But ASD is not curable. People can teach children with ASD how to better cope with this disorder and to improve social and communication skills. But people with ASD have it for life and those with high functioning ASD such as myself have to struggle to fit in with society throughout adulthood. Continue reading

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Separation of Church and State

The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States begins with: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” This was the vary first sentence in the Bill of Rights written by the original authors of the Constitution because of its importance. Many people such as the Pilgrims came here to escape religious persecution by the Church of England which was part of the British Royal Crown. The question is how important is the separation of church from state in the context of today’s world as many fundamentalist Christians want their moral and religious values legislated into law. Continue reading

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The Price of Freedom is Vulnerability

A primary consequence of a free society is vulnerabilities to attacks. Autocracies are the antithesis of free societies and are expert at hiding their vulnerabilities by denying their citizens the basic freedoms of an open press and unrestricted speech and mobility as well as hiding it from the outside world. There are many political conservatives here who would like more of that here. But vulnerability, respect, and unobstructed openness are at the very heart of a free society. Freedom is a sign of strength because it sets one free to be creative and unhindered enabling one to reach their potential. Continue reading

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Dealing with Iran

I know there are many people including our President and Congress who feel that lifting sanctions against Iran must be strictly dealt with tit for tat regarding nuclear inspections to assure they are not making more weapons grade fissionable material. My contention is that it is in part our sanctions against them that created an atmosphere of hostilities between them and us that created the need, in their minds, for nuclear armament. Israel’s nuclear threat also plays a significant role. Had we not imposed sanctions on them in spite of their government’s religious leader’s distrust of the U.S. I honestly feel that they would not have perused nuclear capability as vigorously as they have and relations between us would have improved over time. Continue reading

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