Minimum wage and the TPP

Due process rights may be weakened in U.S. courts of law

Although much progress has been made in affirming basic human rights and freedoms in the United States, there are too many recent cases of U.S. courts backsliding on procedural rights of due process, sometimes undermining longstanding constitutional interpretation, legal precedent, legislative intent and common sense. Here are some examples expressed, for simplicity, in the form of a few rhetorical questions:

Diagnosis, treatment and prevention

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Diagnosis, treatment and prevention

Tax evasion

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Tax evasion: diagnosis, treatment and prevention

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“We the People” are beginning, slowly but surely, to wake up to the risks to our economy and to our democracy of the continuing trend toward excessive concentration of wealth, power and influence in the hands of an over-compensated, under-performing and under-taxed few, at the expense of the many. (See “Income, wealth and tax disparity in america,” The Lakeville Journal, Aug. 20.)

The U.S. Chamber violates its mission

When the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1912, its Charter purpose was to help promote American democracy, free enterprise and business — especially small, new start-up business initiatives. Its original terms of reference forbade the Chamber to promote or oppose any individual candidate for political office.

Income, wealth and tax disparity in America

In the USA today, a young man who runs up and down a basketball court in shorts for a living can earn an amount in cash equal to the combined salaries of 10 or more highly qualified science, math, history or language teachers. Nothing against professional sports, but what does this say about cultural values in America? Does level of income reward and reflect utility, or something else?

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Hospital consolidation, conversion and vertical takeovers in Connecticut

There is a current nationwide trend toward hospital consolidation and conversion aimed at a number of states, including Connecticut. It is a trend of which those of us who live in under-served rural areas such as the Northwest Corner of Connecticut should be especially wary.

There are ways that the ISIS propaganda war can be won

The entire world is traumatized by the ongoing acts of violence by the self-styled “Islamic State” (ISIS or ISIL) and related terrorist groups. The ISIS terrorists are waging a surprisingly sophisticated, successful propaganda war against the rest of humanity. Meanwhile, we in the West debate various reactive police and military actions, while failing to grasp and fully engage in the propaganda war.