Month: July 2013

Goal of Two-State Solution Requires Diplomatic Boldness, Consistency

  After a three-year hiatus in Mideast talks, Secretary of State John Kerry invited Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to Washington, D.C. to set up a plan for future negotiations. While there’s plenty of hope, no breakthrough is expected anytime soon. First of all, such…

High Gasoline Prices Keep Lid on Consumer Spending, Recovery

The price of gasoline has reached $4 per gallon again in some U.S. cities, hurting consumers and businesses, especially those who are poor and middle class. High prices are containing the U.S. and world economy. Before the onset of the war in Iraq, oil…

Revitalize Detroit with R&D Tax Credits

  Detroit filed for bankruptcy because it’s reached the point where the city can’t pay its bills anymore, including pensions to municipal employees. It’s terrible and shows why pension funds must be invested even more conservatively, because municipal bonds are only as secure as…

Reading for Fun vs. Reading for School

Reading for school Reading for fun I just finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird and it got me thinking of my old high school days (all of three years ago). I was remembering reading To Kill a Mockingbird my sophomore year as a class.…

Consoles Wars Aren’t Won But Endured

Originally posted on Beat 'Em Up:
Here we go again. BuzzFeed, posted probably the best article condemning the very idea of a console war and the impending one coming this holiday season. It boils down to what I feel so strongly about: There are…

What is ‘Fracking’

I read a BBC.com article on ‘fracking’ in the US. More specifically, this article discusses a new $20 billion project to open an export terminal in Louisiana where extracted natural gas will be shipped abroad. To give a brief overview, when the terminal was…

Universal Health Coverage Required, But….

We all need some health service sometimes, even young and healthy individuals, so having health insurance is essential to pay for expensive services. However, the objective must be to achieve universal coverage by lowering costs, so people can afford it, not with mandates that…

Short Story: The Orb

The following is a short story I had to write for one of my summer classes. I ended up spending  a lot more time on it than I originally thought, and am proud of the finished product. That is why I am sharing it…

Zimmerman Acted in Self-Defense, But Still Criminally-Negligent

Witnesses are making it clear that George Zimmerman, a police-watch volunteer, shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an African-American high school student, in self-defense after Martin knocked him to the ground and beat him.