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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. 

We can win the ISIS propaganda war

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. 

Intelligent diplomacy can defeat terrorism

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Back to square one? Free trade

After a Quixotic game of tennis in Congress, back and forth between the Senate and the House, between Republicans and Democrats, and within each of the Parties, the House of Representatives acted at last on President Barack Obama’s personal request for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) known as Fast Track authority to approve future Free Trade Agreements, notably the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Intelligent diplomacy can defeat terrorism

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have previously written in this column that “The answer to ISIS lies in the Holy Quran” (The Lakeville Journal, Jan. 15 and 22).  Teamwork and intelligent diplomacy, drawing on the true moral principles of Islam, can help defeat terrorism. Some readers have asked, is this not a bit too idealistic, naïve or soft on terrorism? The answer is no, I think not. Actual experience suggests otherwise. 

Move to amend: admirable but unnecessary

The current move to amend the U.S. Constitution in order to reverse the disastrous 2010 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Citizens United (to the effect that corporations are “persons” with all constitutional rights of protected belief and free speech, including freedom from campaign contribution limitation) is an admirable corrective effort, but appears legally unnecessary. The Constitution does not need amending. There’s a simpler solution. Here’s how and why.

Solar-powered desalination is the solution

The world is rapidly approaching a new kind of apocalypse: global water shortage. We are running out of fresh water. Yet we have to do more with less. According to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, more than a billion children worldwide lack access to safe drinking water.

On state and federal budget deficits, death and taxes

Our Connecticut state Legislature is currently engaged in an impressive, often acrimonious, but sometimes surprisingly bipartisan effort to find necessary reductions, economies, savings, sequesters, sweep-backs, program cuts — you name it — in state expenditures, all to the tune of some $1.3 billion.