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The Other Vaccine

The COVID vaccines have mostly done their job, in America and other wealthy nations anyway. Unless there is a more dangerous mutation, COVID’s threat is now manageable. In America there is another large threat to health and beyond. It is the Republican party. It is not hyperbole to say it is just as deadly; in fact a case can be made that it kills many more Americans. What we desperately need is a vaccine against it. The most interesting thing is that the vaccine already exists, and is both widely available and affordable. What it is may surprise you. Read on to discover.

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From Ronald To Ron +

A couple of things motivated me to write today’s article. Perhaps most prominent among them was Paul Krugman’s opinion piece in the New York Times entitled, The G.O.P.’s Long War Against Medicare and Social Security. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/02/13/opinion/columnists/republicans-medicare-social-security.html

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THe Wisdom Of Two Fathers Extrapolated

My best friend in the neighborhood is my neighbor across the street. I’m a liberal Democrat; he is a conservative – certainly not crazy! – Republican. Long ago we discovered we agree on the overwhelming majority of issues; in fact, we think amazingly alike. Both of our fathers served in the Navy and I’d like to base today’s article on a saying each passed down to us. (Considering they were sailors I won’t be using direct quotes; some adjectives are best left out of this column.) One saying is: common sense isn’t all that common. The other is: I am the government. While seemingly divergent I assure you that I will weave them together and extrapolate a conclusion which you may or may not agree with,

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Think True Cost

The pandemic has been a disruptive event in many ways. One of them is that it changed the way we shop; although in this case I thing it mainly accelerated the velocity of a change that has been taking place for some time. I’d like to briefly explore the cost of that today.
Somewhat, well more than somewhat, of necessity we changed the way we shop starting about last March. We ordered much more online and for home delivery. Today I want to concentrate on the retailing aspect of that however it also changed restaurants greatly. (Perhaps another article for another day.)

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Has An Idea Finally Met Its Time?

The concept of a national guaranteed minimum income has been around for some time. It gained a lot of popularity in conjunction with Andrew Yang’s 2020 Democratic presidential campaign. Like most I have for a long time dismissed it as too far out. I’m having some second thoughts.

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