Articles Posted in the " Commentary " Category

  • Buy local–for the right reasons!

    This image appears on Facebook every so often, and it makes an appeal to “buying local” by, in part, disparraging the “big chains” as being greedy, and implying that all the money goes out of town. While there is “truth”...


  • Friends on the left: I need to address something important. Really important. You don’t know me. (Randy Bennett you are the exception.) And honestly, you don’t know most “conservatives.” I read last night someone’s screed where they wrote about conservatives:...


  • Photography: Lessons from Film and Digital

    A few reflections on Film and Digital (now that I am scanning in a lot of old negatives.) 1. My ability to shoot and process film got better over time, but film still has issues 2. Dust on negatives: not...


  • Will America Accept the Rule of Law?

    I will be interested to see how many people (the pro-Obamacare community) get up in arms over this decision. I mean, heck, the Fourth circuit court is already in opposition.  What decision?  Well, the US Court of Appeals, DC Circuit...


  • Laws Against Distracted Driving (No-Texting): Making for Unsafe Roads?

    In a conversation over on my cousin’s Facebook wall, I was pointing out that the rate of accidents (And fatalities) per million miles traveled has been steadily declining over the past 20 years or so. With a noteable exception: In...


  • Customer Service at National Monuments (and everywhere!)

    PROCESS MANAGEMENT:I just returned from a cross-country trip helping my son move to Colorado Springs.  We made a nice trip out of it, taking the time to do some site-seeing along the way, including the St Louis Arch, and the...


  • Part 2–Internet of Things

    My second article in the series on “The Internet of Things” is now posted over at Eye for Transport. In this article, I tackle the Internet of Things for SMALL BUSINESS. “a well designed dashboard integrating the measures, with appropriate...


  • Are special use facilities a waste?

    This article in the Wall Street Journal is quite interesting, highlighting people now living in empty office buildings in London.  I have always looked at empty office buildings, and even empty strip malls, and wondered what it would be like...


  • Power without Accountability, or “I’m Sorry–isn’t that enough?”

    There are issues of accountability with those in power. And for a change I am not talking about Congress and the President (although I think the lesson applies here as well.) This weekend was quite an interesting one for football....


  • Let “Washington” Pay For It (Really?)

    A good friend posted an article on Facebook that purports to explain why the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) scares the Republicans. The article posits that the GOP is scared, because ACA will work, and people will realize that they can now...