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My Word

  • MY WORD: How Japan used WW II to win the auto battle

    Here’s a brief history of the American auto business since World War II.

    Some of us remember when “made in Japan” was a synonym for “junk.”

    Early in WWII the Japanese captured an intact American fighter plane. Their studies showed the plane – probably a P-40 like General Chenault and his American Volunteer “Flying Tigers” used in China before Pearl Harbor – was so far superior to anything they had.

  • MY WORD: Remembering separate but never equal

    I don’t know how the following is connected to conservation, but bear with me.

    In A chapter in Klanthhammer’s book “Things that Matter,” there is a passage about collective guilt – which is never far from my mind – that triggered memories of “separate but equal” laws.

  • MY WORD: “For the Benefit and Blessings of the Council”- Musings on the Prayer Issue

    During the hot summer of 1787 in Philadelphia Penn., the delegates to the Constitutional Convention came to a rut in the road. The group, whose goal fell nothing short of drawing up the legal framework for a whole new nation, had fractured into exhausting squabbles.

    One delegate, Ben Franklin, decided to try to focus everyone’s attention on that goal and gave a speech proposing that if they could not come to an accord on their own, they might need some divine assistance in the form of a prayer led by outside clergy.

  • MY WORD: Why the raising minimum wage won’t work

    Recently someone left a clipped out episode of Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury cartoon in our mailbox.

    I don’t know why.

    I admit to looking at a few cartoons like Blondie, Dennis, Beatle Bailey hoping to find something amusing, and sometimes I do. I even occasionally look at Doonesbury to see if I can understand it. Never do. This episode is primarily a phone conversation between someone from the GOP and what I presume to be a PR firm.

    The GOP guy says: “We need to prove that raising the minimum wage would hurt the economy.”

  • MY WORD: What does wealth mean

    As pointed out before, our family does not meet the standards in terms of income or accumulated wealth to be considered wealthy. If we did we’d probably move our legal residence to Florida, Tennessee or some of the other state who have no state income tax or death taxes (the most obscene tax of all).

  • MY WORD: Loss and found – life and death

    Let’s look at these four issues and how they affect our lives. Let’s begin by describing loss, which may be of two kinds: the loss of materials things such as money or a business from a bad decision. We may also lose by theft and be aggravated because of our carelessness or bad judgment.

    The other type of loss is of a love one or a close friend, or the loss of health or our physical well being.

  • MY WORD: Should there be a law?

    There ought to be a law! Don’t ever say that where a politician can hear it. You’ll get a thousand pages of rhetoric, which will take a thousand lawyers to figure out what it really means – and chances are we already have a dozen laws that say essentially the same thing.

    Moses brought down from the mountain 10 pretty good ones – straightforward and short. Today we would have to eliminate the first one because it has been declared against the law.

  • MY WORD: Science vs. religion: How about an experiment?

    I happen to agree with a statement that Chuck Souder made as a main theme of parts 1 and 2 of his column titled “Evading the Obvious” (a fitting title but not in the way Mr. Souder may think it is). He said, “Ideas have consequences.”

  • MY WORD: Are we creating new arguments against evolution?
  • MY WORD: I haven’t read my Bible objectively

    Once again, I find myself awash with incredulity at the selective bias on display in one of Chuck Souder’s latest exposes (“God is pro-life and pro-choice,” Jan. 29). Mr. Souder states emphatically that, “Of course, God is against abortion. No one could read the bible objectively and conclude otherwise.” He then goes on to reassure readers that, “God is absolutely, 100 percent pro-life!”