Pete

Crime and Punishment

I cannot express strongly enough the revulsion and frustration I feel when I think of the sentence handed out to Graham James. The words of the judge describing how she came to her decision make it worse. The word justice plainly means receiving what is fair or due. How could …

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It’s the little things.

For me, its the little things in life that are the most aggravating. And I know they are supposed to be the things that make life worthwhile. I have discovered that I can take the relatively big stuff calmly but seeing an idiot on Dr. Phil ticks me off...

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It's the little things.

For me, its the little things in life that are the most aggravating. And I know they are supposed to be the things that make life worthwhile. I have discovered that I can take the relatively big stuff calmly but seeing an idiot on Dr. Phil ticks me off...

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Greece and Us

I have read about what is happening in Greece. It seems as if the conditions for ordinary people are worsening. Crime and suicide rates are rising rapidly. Hospitals are short of staff and food lines are lengthening at churches and social agencies. The...

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How about this

Chinese businesses in the Pearl River delta are demanding government support as their low cost advantages are being undercut by even lower cost manufacturers in Vietnam and Cambodia. They aren't going to get it.4853 US combat casualties in Iraq and Afg...

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Winning and Losing

Individuals who have coached for a long time view sporting events differently than the normal fan. Every one who cares about a particular team's fortunes is frustrated when things don't work out. Yet observing failure while seeing yourself as...

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Leadership

I am finding it very difficult to get writing again. I have many opinions because I read a lot of material. I am at times bewildered by the rush of information and the cacophony of voices. Part of the issue is my education. An undergraduate and graduat...

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Protest

I am unsure of what to make of the  'occupy somewhere' movements. As has been said many times in many different places, the demands of the protesters are almost as numerous as the protesters themselves. There is no real alternative vision of socie...

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The new kind.

I have yet to meet the new kind of person. You know the one who just hooks up or doesn`t read or can't empathize with others or is unable to concentrate on anything for more than a few minutes or is relentlessly shallow. I have the opportunit...

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New Approach

I have struggled in the past few years. My mother died of breast cancer in 2009. She was a lady in the best sense of the word. I do not recall her swearing, dressing sloppily, being drunk, tossing off an insult or refusing help or lend an ear to anyone...

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Things I Learned While on Vacation

 This summer I deliberately avoided being tied to the computer and thus the internet for the first part of my vacation this year. I learned I could do it. I read books instead, including ones by Iain Banks and Patrick O'Brian. I already knew that ...

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Yes, they should.

Drugs that are now considered illegal should be brought within the law. This will not be, of course, a cost free exercise. According to a friend of mine, who knows this world, we will be picking bodies off the streets. Legalization will also send the m...

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Yes, they should.

Drugs that are now considered illegal should be brought within the law. This will not be, of course, a cost free exercise. According to a friend of mine, who knows this world, we will be picking bodies off the streets. Legalization will also send the m...

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In the future…

Not all of these prognostications are mine but here they are anyway:The Bruins will be good again.RIM will not go under or be sold.The weather in this part of the world will not vary much from the norm.Jon Huntsman and Mitch Daniels will become names A...

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In the future…

Not all of these prognostications are mine but here they are anyway:The Bruins will be good again.RIM will not go under or be sold.The weather in this part of the world will not vary much from the norm.Jon Huntsman and Mitch Daniels will become names A...

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What the Kids Know

I teach high school history and law full time. I have for 20 years. Over that time we (teachers) have seen many changes.  Laying aside the various trends and fads that pedagogy seems to produce there are some constants. One of them is that teenage...

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What the Kids Know

I teach high school history and law full time. I have for 20 years. Over that time we (teachers) have seen many changes.  Laying aside the various trends and fads that pedagogy seems to produce there are some constants. One of them is that teenage...

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Bailing out The Pharoahs

It is just weird that in the Middle East, where there is more cash than any place outside of the Chinese government treasury, the EU and the US are expected to pick up the broken pieces of the Tunisian and Egyptian economies. Where are the Saudis? Qata...

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Bailing out The Pharoahs

It is just weird that in the Middle East, where there is more cash than any place outside of the Chinese government treasury, the EU and the US are expected to pick up the broken pieces of the Tunisian and Egyptian economies. Where are the Saudis? Qata...

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Bailing out The Pharoahs

It is just weird that in the Middle East, where there is more cash than any place outside of the Chinese government treasury, the EU and the US are expected to pick up the broken pieces of the Tunisian and Egyptian economies. Where are the Saudis? Qata...

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