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Framing the campaign for Obama and Romney

Having listened to both national conventions in consecutive weeks, you’d think these two characters, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, were demons from a bygone era. Not only are they probably nice people you’d like to have dinner with, they probably don’t mean most of what they say, and don’t say what they really mean. We… Continue Reading Framing the campaign for Obama and Romney

We need to raise ethical expectations

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Just as behavioral economists incorporate the insights of psychologists in their economic models to portray a more accurate picture of human behavior in the marketplace and predict trends, commentators should be concerned to focus on ethical issues that are ignored when corporate lawyers sanction the behavior of their clients. As Michael Rothfeld reports in the… Continue Reading We need to raise ethical expectations

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Turn off your engine!

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As we read about yet another military experiment with biofuels, one associated with the Navy’s Pacific fleet, it seems as if waste is never going to be curbed. What has been termed a $12 million cocktail of biofuels has brought congressional scrutiny and the ire of at least some lawmakers who ignore the fact that… Continue Reading Turn off your engine!

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Why proximity matters

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In the Digital Age our reach is global, but our expertise is local. We have access to information from around the world, but we really know only what’s around us. We know whose coffee is best, and the bartender who fills your wine glass more than anyone else. This local knowledge is tacit; we may… Continue Reading Why proximity matters

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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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