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  • May 18, 2011

    Less is more: Dr. No’s Magical Rχ for curing government ills

    Ron Paul, who may run for president (again), is the consummate iconoclast, the guy who stands up to the system, who says virtually all government is a waste of money ... and absent a cataclysmic rent in the fabric of the universe, he hasn’t the proverbial snowball’s chance of making it to the White House....More
  • Apr 25, 2011

    As food prices move upward, farmer's share budges little

    Last month saw wholesale food prices record the largest increase in 36 years, and industry analysts’ crystal balls don’t foresee how much more they’ll rise....More
  • Apr 15, 2011

    Elimination of infrastructure support: Is that what voters meant last November?

    Elimination of infrastructure support: Is that what voters meant last November?...More
  • Mar 21, 2011

    Annual exercise in frustration: calculating the income tax bill

    Could the taxation process be made simpler? Of course it could. But how much screaming would arise from the many thousands of tax prep businesses — all those CPAs, all those H&R Blocks — that owe their existence to the average person’s inability to deal with the hopelessly complex process of paying taxes?...More
  • Mar 7, 2011

    Food vs. population: Malthus 200 years later

    “By 2050, we will not have a planet left that is recognizable” if current food trends continue, said Jason Clay at the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science....More
  • Feb 18, 2011

    Oprah, Justin Bieber, Sarah Palin: OK, Google, need I say more?

    Oprah, Justin Bieber, Sarah Palin: OK, Google, need I say more?...More
  • Dec 23, 2010

    Grandson reminds me of simpler Christmas

    A few days ago my oldest grandson, Aaron, who often amazes me with his perception and generosity, said he didn’t need as many toys for Christmas this year because there were a lot of children who had a lot less....More
  • Dec 21, 2010

    In season of peace and hope, both seem ever more elusive 1

    In season of peace and hope, both seem ever more elusive...More
  • Dec 3, 2010

    Fast food purgatory and the elusive McRib

    Fast food purgatory: unwanted sales pitches and the elusive McRib...More
  • Nov 19, 2010

    Whose ox to gore when cutting budgets?

    When Congress starts making cuts the voters have indicated they want in government programs, where will those cuts be made?...More
  • Nov 12, 2010

    Changing government easier said than done

    Making things better: Changing government is easier said than done, the new crop of lawmakers will find....More
  • Oct 14, 2010

    Does anyone know of a cure for stupid? Please!

    Some days I feel like a complete and total idiot, as opposed to the rest of the days when I feel like a normal idiot....More
  • Sep 24, 2010

    Environmental Working Group (EWG) at it again 3

    This time the radical, malicious Environmental Working Group (EWG) is complaining about an $180,000 federal specialty crop grant for use in countering misinformation and outright lies coming from groups like EWG. The money was awarded to the Alliance for Food and Farming, a Watsonville, Calif., trade association representing more than 50 grower and agricultural trade organizations. The grant is a very small part of California’s recently announced $17.5 million share of the USDA’s Specialty Crops Block Grant program....More
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