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How Dangerous Is Ebola?

How Dangerous Is Ebola?

Michael Kurth November 10, 2014 0

Epidemics, pandemics and plagues have played a huge role in the history of mankind, but, in this age of modern medicine, the danger posed by viruses has often been overlooked or considered a thing

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Rational Ignorance: Why Voters Are Not Better Informed

Rational Ignorance: Why Voters Are Not Better Informed

Michael Kurth October 16, 2014 0

Democracy may be a great political system, but it is not perfect. One of its flaws is what economists call “rational ignorance,” which some have dubbed “the dumb voter theorem.” The premise is simple:

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Obama’s Foreign Policy: Lessons In The Art Of Obfuscation

Obama’s Foreign Policy: Lessons In The Art Of Obfuscation

Michael Kurth October 1, 2014 0

For the past month, most Americans have been outraged over the beheadings of two U.S. citizens — James Foley and Steven Sokoloff — by ISIL (AKA the Islamic State). Americans wanted our president to

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My 50th High School Reunion

My 50th High School Reunion

Michael Kurth September 5, 2014 0

Fifty years ago, I was one of 872 students who graduated from Arthur Hill High School in Saginaw, Mich. Born in 1946, I and my fellow students were the vanguard of the baby boom.

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The Louisiana Senate Race: Can Republicans Close The Youth Gap?

The Louisiana Senate Race: Can Republicans Close The Youth Gap?

Michael Kurth August 20, 2014 0

On Nov. 4, voters in 36 states will go to the polls to choose a U.S. senator. Republicans currently control the House, but Democrats hold the Senate.  The result is congressional gridlock. But if

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PRIVATIZE V.A. HOSPITAL SYSTEM

PRIVATIZE V.A. HOSPITAL SYSTEM

Michael Kurth August 11, 2014 0

I am writing this on Memorial Day, the holiday when we remember the soldiers who died defending our nation.  It is also a time to remember those who survived, but were wounded or disabled

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CRUISIN’ THE CARIBBEAN

CRUISIN’ THE CARIBBEAN

Michael Kurth August 7, 2014 0

I don’t know what happened in the world in the past two weeks; Cathy and I have been cruising the Caribbean.  To paraphrase Kenny Chesney: No news, no politics, no problems … almost. The

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TIME TO REFORM OUR LABOR LAWS

TIME TO REFORM OUR LABOR LAWS

Michael Kurth March 5, 2014 0

The United Auto Workers union was dealt a stunning defeat last week when workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga rejected their bid to organize the plant. The vote was relatively close — 712

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CAN GOVERNMENT FIX THE GENDER WAGE GAP?

CAN GOVERNMENT FIX THE GENDER WAGE GAP?

Michael Kurth February 23, 2014 0

President Obama declared in his State of the Union address that “today, women make up about half of our workforce.  But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns.  That is

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THE MIDDLE CLASS: INCOME, WEALTH AND SOCIAL MOBILITY

THE MIDDLE CLASS: INCOME, WEALTH AND SOCIAL MOBILITY

Michael Kurth January 23, 2014 0

President Obama and the Democrats are fond of talking about the need for government to “build the middle class.” Building the middle class is an easy sell in America, because we are a middle-class

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