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I was born just before the Great Depression. I learned our country's virtues in a one-room schoolhouse and it sickens me to see them trampled as they have been. My perceptions of "right" and "wrong" have been strong motivating forces in my life (whether or not those perceptions were correct). My formative years were spent on a dairy farm, hence close to nature, which influences my views.

After graduation from high school in Warsaw, New York, I spent 5 years in the U. S. Air Force. Since then, my career has been in transportation, first as a transcontinental truck driver (which was conducive to solitary thought), later as a business owner, and still later as a computer system developer for a ship line. My political experience is limited to a summer of lobbying against The Transportation Act of 1958. Except for my younger brother and, to a limited extent, members of my immediate family, my circle of acquaintances does not constitute a beehive of intellectual discourse.

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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Taming Our Monsters This article proposes a progressive tax on gross receipts to prevent corporations from becoming "Too Big To Fail", explains why the tax is necessary, and describes its benefit to society.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Whither Democracy, Part 2 This article continues the examination of the divisive, confrontational party system that is currently in ascendanceHave in the United States.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Whither Democracy, Part 3 This section completes the three-part article on democracy in the United States. It discusses obstacles to achieving democracy and methods for overcoming them.
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Whither Democracy, Part 1 This article seeks to understand how our nation, which Abraham Lincoln said was, "conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal" can have allowed the growth of the kind of exploitive monstrosities that dominate our commerce and our people.