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Bottled water Nirvana

The latest news about bottled water reminds me of something we ought to remember from time to time. Americans know how to sell. Consider how we sell professional baseball. An... read more...


Help usually hurts

There is something fascinating going on in Africa that strikes close to home. James Shikwati, a Kenyan economist, is making headway with this idea: Countries like ours should... read more...


Bundles of cash in his freezer

Why is it we hate Congress? Polls tell us we like it as much as oil spills and leprosy. Only 32 percent (and rising) of us approve of our president. But a mere 18 percent (and... read more...


Revoltin’ development

As comedian Jimmy Durante used to say “Wot a revoltin’ development dis is!” The greens and lots of others call for more ethanol, more ethanol. They have pressured politicians... read more...


There are none so blind

I doubt whether many of the people who lived in various “golden ages” realized what was going on. I doubt that many proclaimed during the Renaissance “Hey, ain’t this era wunn... read more...


The Annual Head in the Sand Award

Our politicians are showing they know less about economics than kids who run a lemonade stand. If you tell the kids you are going to tax them for every pitcher of lemonade th... read more...


Why do you suppose this is?

When Americans are asked whether they are doing all right financially, they answer yes. Huge majorities answer yes. There have been several polls asking folks whether they hav... read more...


There is no joy in Metville

What ever happened to baseball? Took in a ball game in Binghamton, N.Y. a few weeks ago. And nearly fell asleep. This was one of the Mets’ farm teams. They are typical of far... read more...


Maybe a billion souls

Forgive me. I steal a few thoughts from an editorial in the Wall Street Journal. I do so because they concern a man who may have saved more lives than any man in history. And ... read more...


Sleep on it!

Help me out here. I am having trouble following the various solutions. The solutions to our "energy crisis". We’re burning too much oil and gasoline, critics tell us. Soon we... read more...


Zero to whine about

Democrats. May I suggest you deep six your idea of recreating the “fairness doctrine” for radio? Many of your leaders have been pushing for this. It is not good for your image... read more...


Nitpicking the immigration bill

You can nitpick the immigration bill. That may not help you understand why it went down in flames. It went down because enough of the public did not like it. Millions of us b... read more...


A tale of two women

When the music came over the air I pulled the car to the side of the road. In order to hear every note. For those notes evoked two images. The first was of a beautiful woman a... read more...


Snip a page from this songbook

One of the smartest business operators I ever met played the piano. At work. More about her later. A few weeks ago I read an article about leadership in Investors Business Da... read more...


A chapter from Alice in Wonderland

Maybe you can explain this to me. Sandy Berger was a top White House aide in the Clinton White House. He was our national security adviser. Which means, of course, he knew ou... read more...



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