Category Archives: Contributed by ‘The Ed’

Debating the Puerto Rico Debt Crisis

  Contributed by Ed The Puerto Rican debt crisis is a complex web with many different threads.  Any solution to the crisis will involve ripples that will leave winners and losers everywhere.  These ripples will be felt for cities like … Continue reading

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Rare Earth Elements: How the U.S. Shoots Itself in the Foot

Contributed by Ed Being an engineer, I love to talk about rare earth elements (REEs).  I can be very chatty about the magic of their F orbitals, what it means to their quantum mechanical properties, and so forth.  I have … Continue reading

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Slaves To The Collective

(Image Credit) Contributed by Ed I saw Jeff’s article Election 2014 Through a Kaleidoscope which included a quote about Republicans from New York Congressman Charlie Rangel: “…Some of them believe that slavery isn’t over and that they won the Civil War.”  … Continue reading

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Larry Reed’s Seven Principles

(Graphic Credit) Contributed by “The Ed” Larry Reed, President of the Foundation for Economic Education, gave a speech called “The Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy”.  The YouTube video appears at the bottom of this article.  I’ve taken the principles … Continue reading

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Broken Contracts, and Remedies

Contributed by “The Ed” When my daughter was 18 and in an apartment for the first time, it was mid August and the A/C leaked water onto the carpet. Rather than fix the problem, the apartment maintenance just shut the … Continue reading

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An Unpopular Position

Contributed by “The Ed” As you’ve seen in many of my previous posts, I am uncompromising in the belief that freedom and responsibility should be joined at the hip.  Sometimes it puts me at odds with the majority.  Sometimes, my … Continue reading

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Comparing Individualism and Collectivism

(photo credit)  Contributed by “The Ed” One of my neighbor’s children was perplexed.  She had to write an essay about the differences between individualism and collectivism. 

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