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Super committee is succeeding at failure

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As the Nov. 23 deadline approaches, frantic politicians are worried that automatic budget cuts will go into effect because the so-called budget Super Committee has yet to make any headway toward a compromise about how to cut $1.5 trillion during the next 10 years. Since compromise is a dirty word in Washington, D.C., and since… Continue Reading Super committee is succeeding at failure

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Rethinking outsourcing

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If the Owls (Occupy Wall Street) taught us anything of late, it’s that when enough people participate long enough in a demonstration they might be heard. It is foolhardy to think that because of the Owls Bank of America dropped its planned $5 fee on the use of debit cards. Even if not a causal… Continue Reading Rethinking outsourcing

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The Owls (Occupy Wall Street) won’t fly away. While a judge in Nashville refuses to issue arrest warrants, police officers in Portland, Oregon as well as in Denver have arrested protesters. More than half of those polled by Time Magazine support the protests. Perhaps the Owls are reflecting a much broader frustration than politicians are… Continue Reading Protestors closer to popular views than politicians

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Oct. 15 was an international day of protest against banks, and Oct. 16 was the day the president dedicated the new Martin Luther King, Jr. statute on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. These two dates and events seem unrelated, but a connection between them might be that they remind us of our right to… Continue Reading Let’s celebrate the right to assemble with equality

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Wall Street Occupiers vs. The Tea Party

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Once again, the left side of the political spectrum can’t market or express itself as well as the right. In 2009, the right set the Tea Party in motion to respond to TARP, but the left is demonstrating under the label “Occupy Wall Street.” Really? When we think of occupation, we think of Israel in… Continue Reading Wall Street Occupiers vs. The Tea Party

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Look to our own backyard to see abundance

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Some economists have argued that American drive is based on the principle of “the sky is the limit.” This is what motivates us to do our best so as to climb the corporate ladder all the way to the top. Break the glass ceiling, we urge our female counterparts, and you, too, can be the… Continue Reading Look to our own backyard to see abundance

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As the 10 Days of Atonement are here, a time of reflection and stock-taking, a seasonal turning point that encourages revisiting ideas and habits alike, I want to share my sense of the value of business partnerships. My late accountant Sam Huff used to tell me the problem with partnerships is that when they succeed,… Continue Reading Partnerships bring best of times, worst of times

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A eulogy: Goodbye to Chinook and Borders

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It was a sad day when Chinook closed its doors in 2004. Since 1959, it was a fixture on North Tejon Street, with Dick and Judy Noyes and their staff taking care of us. They knew the classics and the latest trends; they knew our family; they had a play area for kids and book… Continue Reading A eulogy: Goodbye to Chinook and Borders

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Community and family at heart of civil society

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Having watched the first Republican panel of presidential contenders, it seemed that an evil villain is running our country. They might have been talking about Syria’s Assad who “must go,” as they chanted about our own President. What happened to civility in public discourse? Think about growing up in a so-called typical American family. As… Continue Reading Community and family at heart of civil society

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Too big to manage?

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We’ve heard enough of the slogan “Too Big To Fail.” For some it was an excuse for government handouts; for others, it was a symbol of the corrupt relationship between regulators and those they regulate, benefitting undeserving mega-banks whose leaders are compensated more that than their institutions pay in taxes. Was it justified after the… Continue Reading Too big to manage?

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