Wait, Americans are angry that we have choices?

In which there is hand-wringing at The Upshot over the long hours one highly-educated spouse chooses to work, for the great pay, and the earnings sacrificed by the other highly-educated spouse, who chooses fewer hours of employment and more time with the kids, and who, by the way, regrets those burdensome loans from law school.…

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Always be skeptical, vote tampering edition

Skeptical as I normally am, I'm having a hard time believing the results of a survey done by the Economist and YouGov between November 4 and 6, 2018. I don't answer the phone anymore when I don't recognize the number. Do you? I'm aware most such calls are a nuisance or unwelcome. How many unanswered…

They Came For the Pizza – a modern fable

The following fable is a tribute to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic nominee for US House of Representatives in Brooklyn, and Zak Ringelstein of Yarmouth, Maine, Democratic nominee for the US Senate seat now held by independent Angus King. Special thanks to Elizabeth Warren and Barack Obama. Three roommates called Earnest, Vic, and Patsy spent part of…

Immigration Reform: Missed Opportunity in 2009

I support comprehensive immigration reform. Our best chance to accomplish it was in 2009, when Barack Obama was the president and his party controlled both houses of Congress, including a large enough majority in the Senate to actually get something passed. I’ve never understood why our leaders didn’t get this done at the time, so…

#OverReaction

Months before the major political parties had chosen their candidates for the 2016 US presidential election, I wrote on Facebook that ordinary people will be healthier and happier if they don't let the results of presidential elections affect them too much; live your lives, don't give Washington such emotional power over your daily well-being. Sadly…

Train wreck questions

Ever since Maine politicians succeeded in grabbing mega-millions of federal stimulus dollars to fund a passenger rail boondoggle between Portland and Brunswick, I've been interested in what's going on with passenger rail - a legacy "transit" technology - around this great country of ours. What I've learned boils down to there's a lot of money…

Pondering empathy

Are you more like Mr. Spock or Captain Kirk? Beverly Crusher or Deanna Troi? The references, of course are to characters from the original Star Trek television series and the Star Trek: the Next Generation series. Spock was the cool master of logic, Kirk the captain whose combination of intelligence, intuition, bravery, and integrity made…