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Irrational economic behavior

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If what you hear doesn’t make sense, you are not alone. We hear about JP Morgan Chase announcing $5 billion profit in its second quarter of 2012 despite its London trade losses of equal amount. Gas prices at the pump are rising despite the double-dip recession and the infamous laws of supply and demand. The… Continue Reading Irrational economic behavior

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Why support Israel?

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As election season is heating up, the presumed Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, has made his way to Israel to garner Jewish support and raise funds for his campaign. The Obama administration responded with security support and loan guarantees, sending Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to meet with his counterparts. Are Iran’s nuclear ambitions the… Continue Reading Why support Israel?

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Mandatory service

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Years ago one of my daughters thought she wanted to become a politician. When asked what would prepare her, she confidently answered that she’d need to enlist in the military. If I’m going to approve funding for wars, she said, I should know what it’s like to fight in one. Perhaps she was influenced by… Continue Reading Mandatory service

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The right, and duty, to bear arms

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When writing from Israel, the most militarized nation on earth, I admittedly have a different perspective on gun rights. National security isn’t simply a political excuse for parliamentary debate, but a real survival matter for a tiny country surrounded by enemies who publicly declare their intention to destroy it. Military might is a watchword even… Continue Reading The right, and duty, to bear arms

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As I arrived in Israel this week, I was thinking about a tale of two cities, but not Dickens’. Though I was born in Haifa, Israel, I’m staying in Tel Aviv, about one hour south. These two cities parallel Colorado Springs and Denver, respectively, one hour by car but light-years apart. Haifa and CS have… Continue Reading Let’s just follow Denver

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Simple questions about our water

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As the Waldo Canyon fire made abundantly clear, we need to think about water in the arid high desert in which we live. That prompted me to ask Gary Bostrom, Colorado Springs Utilities’ chief water services officer, how much water we use. Two weeks later, I received an answer from Mark Murphy, who works in… Continue Reading Simple questions about our water

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Consider a paradigm shift

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When scientists discover their framework of assumptions and problem-solving methods no longer works, they must move to a new framework in which they do. It used to be called a paradigm shift. The shift occurs because the old paradigm no longer can accommodate new variables. It’s still a mystery exactly when such shifts take place.… Continue Reading Consider a paradigm shift

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Fires and human nature

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The great Waldo Canyon fire affecting Colorado Springs is different from other wildfires in the West because of its proximity to a large metropolitan area. This fact brings to light human generosity in the face of disasters. Western traditions have held to one of three competing views of human nature: We are either good by… Continue Reading Fires and human nature

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10 ideas that could change our city

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Cities are built by visionaries or they are born of economic necessity, the need for trade routes or sea ports. Our city has a history of great men, from General Palmer to Stratton and Penrose, who have labored to make our town a better place to live for future generations. We don’t need a gold… Continue Reading 10 ideas that could change our city

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Let’s use common sense

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Even the greatest logicians and scientists agree that the most sophisticated formulae can be explained in simple, common sense terms to anyone. If we agree that A is different from not A, or that if A leads to B, and B leads to C, that A therefore leads to C, we can communicate with each… Continue Reading Let’s use common sense

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