Articles Posted in the " Commentary " Category

  • Mis-using Charts to Sell Retirement Planning–Is Prudential Unethical?

    Mis-using Charts to Sell Retirement Planning–Is Prudential Unethical?

    Perhaps you have seen the Prudential advertisement that shows people placing dots on a chart showing the oldest person they know.  Prudential uses this, in comparison to the line drawn on the chart with the retirement age, to show a...


  • Driving “not my forte’ ” says “Double Parker.”

    Driving “not my forte’ ” says “Double Parker.”

    Has Russia found the solution to bad parking and errant parkers?  I am almost willing to give this a try! Let me explain. Several weeks ago, during spring break, my son and I decided to go to Chic-fil-A for lunch....


  • The Power of the Spin

    The Power of the Spin

    I have heard quite often, from several sources (not the least of which is President Obama) the phrase “It’s just the right thing to do.” We seem to all want to do the “right thing” so that line, without any...


  • America, You Frighten, No Terrify, Me

    America, You Frighten, No Terrify, Me

    Are we just one bad experience away from descending into mob-rule and vigilante justice?  Is America so filled with anger that we no longer are able to see the distinction between justice and vengeance?  More importantly, have we lost sight...


  • Olympic Absurdity Runs Rampant with @London2012! Perhaps worse than @USOlympic!

    Olympic Absurdity Runs Rampant with @London2012! Perhaps worse than @USOlympic!

    Can there be an event that is more social than the Olympics?  One would think that if any organization would encourage the concepts of sharing, of openness, of coming together to share an event through whatever means, it would be...


  • @USOlympic Committee Makes Olympic Sized Mistake

    @USOlympic Committee Makes Olympic Sized Mistake

    The USOC has finally gone too far.  And by finally, I mean they did a while ago, but now they have REALLY done it.  In a yarn I couldn’t spin myself even if I tried, they are going after grandmas, moms,...


  • The “Cost” of college, and why Tuition should be replaced by Sponsorship

    The “Cost” of college, and why Tuition should be replaced by Sponsorship

    Once again, Dean Dad poses an interesting question.  He asks what one year of college should cost. Asking what a year of college “should” cost is kind of a bizarre question. It should cost the accumulated costs of all the...


  • So what do you consider “private”?

    So what do you consider “private”?

    About 15 years ago I was part of an ongoing public discussion concerning privacy.  The discussion at the time was about street cameras placed by the police around the neighborhoods.  Was this somehow a violation of privacy?  Should they be...


  • Misleading Local Media — Shocked? (shame, Centre Daily Times! !@centredailycom)

    Misleading Local Media — Shocked? (shame, Centre Daily Times!  !@centredailycom)

    Once again I am befuddled at the complete lack of ability of the local media. In this case, the Centre Daily Times in State College, PA.  In reporting crime for the past week they have two stories that just serve...


  • Liberals can’t understand conservatives, but Cons “get” liberals?

    Liberals can’t understand conservatives, but Cons “get” liberals?

    An interesting thought comes out as a result of someone on another post writing “I’m so clueless as to why this is even an issue.” He was talking about the issue of Same Sex Marriage. Now, I could assume that...