I have no particular sentimental attachments to Valentine’s Day. It conjures up memories of the second grade at Condon Elementary school in 1955, and an empty envelope taped to the front of my desk because none of those kids who brought in silly cheap cartoon valentines had addressed one to me. To my recollection, only […]
Recently there has been a flurry of outrage concerning the fact that some very wealthy individuals, notably Mitt Romney, pay Federal taxes at the 15% middle class rate, because of a law that put a cap of 15% on taxes on capital gains and qualified investment income. Before jumping on a bandwagon calling for a […]
We all have them from time to time – strong, emotionally-colored urges to act in ways that make no rational sense and are counterproductive in our current modern society. Our forbears, and conservative Christians even today, ascribed this to “Original Sin” and prescribed prayer and penance as a countermeasure. Classical psychiatry presumes that the roots […]
Do Outbreaks of Evil have an Organic Cause? Martha Sherwood contemplates the idea that perhaps there was a biological cause to the savagery of World War II
Martha Sherwood provides some insight into current American election practices and how they impede effective legislative function by occupying our legislators’ time and forcing them to take short-term, popular stances contrary to the long-term public good. Could less frequent elections be a possible solution?
Martha Sherwood draws upon a heated discussion over the holidays to argue that the gap between the rich and the poor is not only increasing but many working people do not earn enough to sustain themselves. She argues that the current social welfare model in the US is failing everyone.
Most current proposals for reforming United States Congress are extensions of trends with a poor track record. Analogy with unreformed British Parliament, 1812-1822, suggests a less representative system might produce a legislature more responsive to national needs.
How is America planning for retirement? A challenge for both elderly and young people, author Martha Sherwood discusses some of the intricacies of raising the minimum age for collecting Social Security benefits in the United States.
Federally-guaranteed student loans, instituted in the heady days of the Great Society as a social program to provide the benefits of higher education to people lower on the income scale, have become a monster riding the backs of younger Americans. They have created a massive amount of debt, to the tune of a trillion dollars, […]
The custom of hanging out orange lanterns on Halloween has its roots in Protestant-Catholic conflicts in Ireland. Other holidays this time of year with a similar theme are William of Orange’s birthday (November 4) and Guy Fawkes Day (November 5). Customary observances of a public nature, even if of dubious origin, are valuable community builders.