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Interesting Times


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Wikipedia, the online user-created encyclopedia, says it ain’t necessarily so, but it makes a good lead to this essay, so I’ll say it anyway: An old Chinese curse says, “May you live in interesting times.” So sure was I that the attribution to the Chinese was accurate, that I went to […]

Will Cap and Trade Harm Rural States?


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Some experts think President Obama’s cap and trade proposal will harm the economies of the nation’s most rural states. In the accompanying map, the heaviest producers of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main culprit in global warming, are colored dark blue. The lowest producers are light blue. As the map shows, rural […]

Saturn R.I.P.


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The day the odometer on my 1998 Saturn SL2 rolled past 196,000 miles, General Motors announced it was shooting the brand in the head.  That doesn’t affect my loyalty to the family ride, but it says something sad about the conflict between commerce and excellence.  And about how the Not Invented […]

Saving More Than Money


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by Bob Massie   As Barack Obama prepares to tackle the vast problems ahead for America, he has consistently made two bold proposals. First, he intends to make an immense investment in infrastructure – roads, bridges, railways — to jump-start jobs. Second, he plans to boost clean green technologies to make up for the squandered […]


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