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Graduation: Expense or Investment?

Today I attended the graduation of eight men (plus one who was already released) who took a course offered by Berkshire Community College at the Berkshire County House of Corrections.  They learned about landscaping.  I was one of the instructors; … Continue reading

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Being Honest in our Politics

I just started reading a book, The Submerged State, by Suzanne Mettler.  She noted that the government supports various programs, such as home ownership and student loans, in a way that renders the benefit invisible to the user.  This method … Continue reading

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You Mean to Tell Me that We Can’t Afford $2000?

Yesterday’s Berkshire Eagle reported that the Family Literacy Program, a program operating as a part of Pittsfield Public Schools, will close on June 14 because a state grant which funded much of the program will end.  The district’s Adult Learning … Continue reading

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Think Differently – We Need to Talk

Sunday’s New York Times article about people in Chisago County, Minnesota who criticize the social safety net while receiving benefits from has been weighing on me for the past few days.  Despite it’s length, it’s well worth reading. Here’s a … Continue reading

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Identity Through Rib Roast at $5.99/pound

Both The New York Times and The Washington Post published stories about the wealth disparity between members of Congress and the public they serve.  Basically, since 1984 the median net worth of a member of Congress grew more dramatically than … Continue reading

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American Exceptionalism – There is a cost, you know

Last week Gov. Romney delivered a foreign policy speech at the Citadel.  He pushed aggressively for a muscular foreign policy.  At one point he said, “This century must be an American Century. In an American Century, America has the strongest … Continue reading

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Jesus Doesn’t Sit in a Skybox

“Ah, you who make iniquitous decrees, who write oppressive statutes, to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be your spoil, and that you may make the … Continue reading

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Debt Limit: The Wrong Venue for a Battle

The current debt limit is not about the debt.  It’s not really about taxes or spending cuts, either.  This is a proxy battle over a philosophical difference concerning the role and function of our government.  This difference, however, is not … Continue reading

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