Author Archives: Bruce

About Bruce

Work for sustainable development of small islands; ex-Peace Corps (Volunteer and staff) in LA & Caribbean; cruised Caribbean on S/Y Meander for three years; like small tropical islands, French canals, Umbria, Tasmania, and NZ. Married 50 years. Former President (1995 to 2016) of Island Resources Foundation.

States’ Rights: Not Federal Rights, Not Local Rights

from the NY Times, 6 July 2017. . .  TURF BATTLES Blue Cities Want to Make Their Own Rules. Red States Won’t Let Them.   Emily Badger @emilymbadger               JULY 6, 2017 Photo Hundreds of … Continue reading

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If You Can Count More Than Three: Nine Obamacare Reforms Worth Doing

[This article is by Steven Brill, whose biography is more interesting than the squib on this excerpt from Sunday’s Washington Post. Most pertinent new information is that over the course of about three years in the early 2000’s, Brill flipped from … Continue reading

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Politico: How’d THAT Work Out?

from Politico Magazine LETTER FROM COLORADO SPRINGS The Short, Unhappy Life of a Libertarian Paradise The residents of Colorado Springs undertook a radical experiment in government. Here’s what they got. By CALEB HANNAN July/August 2017 Colorado Springs has always leaned … Continue reading

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For Fun: The Donald’s Big Moment(s) on the Cover(s) of TIME Magazine

[This could have been posted on our companion blog “Wake Me When We’re Great Again,” [I know, but it was more original when I started it], but I decided more than the politics of the moment, the irritating (to The … Continue reading

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Kids Don’t Work. How Do They Learn to Work?

Guess this qualifies as an old fool’s rant. . . From Bloomberg News

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‘An embarrassment’: U.S. health care far from the top in global study

Just to be clear — I’m not embarrassed, I’m MAD. More controversial research from those scientists at the University of Washington,from the Washington Post <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/05/18/an-embarrassment-u-s-health-care-far-from-the-top-in-global-study/?utm_term=.167e609e8339&gt; To Your Health: US Ranks about 39th out of 195 Countries By Ariana Eunjung Cha  … Continue reading

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Commemoration of Bay Watermen in Chestertown

This from the Kent County News. If you like this, check the wonderful photo book Working the Water by Jay Fleming http://www.myeasternshoremd.com/spotlight/article_b0f80978-dc76-59f1-9f10-b3ab8767a664.html Reflecting on the golden age of watermen By LEANN SCHENKE lschenke@thekentcountynews.com    PHOTO BY LEANN SCHENKE Ron Fithian, … Continue reading

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