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The Key To A Better Life Is A Union Contract

September 6, 2015 Many Americans will spend Labor Day at barbecues, festivals and other family events. Some will lament the end of summer. Others will cheer the beginning of football season. more »»

Skills, Not Unions, Will Grow the Economy

September 6, 2015 High levels of income inequality and low rates of wage growth in the economy are sometimes blamed on a decline in labor unions. more »»

Intellectual Doubts Technological Progress Leads To Economic Advancement

September 6, 2015 Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Once again, a scholar with impressive credentials is broadcasting the gloomy notion that Americans face a job-poor future. more »»

Commuter-Airline Service Needs To Be Renovated

September 6, 2015 The Aug. 29 story in The Post-Journal that the passenger count is down at the Chautauqua County airport should surprise no one. Absolutely, positively no one. more »»

Climate Change At The Forefront

September 5, 2015 President Obama recently visited Alaska to put a focus on climate change, choosing that state for its great photo-ops: pictures with receding glaciers. more »»

Economic Ignorance Prevails On Left And Right

August 30, 2015 As someone who taught college economics for 30 years, I assert that the current level of economic understanding is stunningly low, the worst I’ve ever seen. Take the fossil fuel/climate change debate. more »»

Teachers Need Positive Support

August 30, 2015 It’s the onset of fall and that means, as it does every year, that school is about to start. This is a process we take for granted. Because we take it for granted, we underestimate its complexity. more »»

On Voting ... And Not

August 30, 2015 The campaigning for next year’s elections is starting to draw more attention, and with it comes a focus on voters and their mood. more »»

Soda Tax Demonstrates The Logic Of Nudging Consumer Behavior

August 30, 2015 Recent preliminary results from Mexico’s soda tax, which showed a 6 percent decline in soda consumption, are renewing public enthusiasm for a similar tax in the United States. more »»

Why Is Freedom Good?

August 29, 2015 Someone recently asked why freedom is good, and it is worthwhile for everyone to seriously reflect on that question, because it makes a differenc. more »»

Save Us From Green Glop: Shoot The Geese

August 25, 2015 Mention “nullification” or “states’ rights,” and most of us think about slavery or the Civil War. I think about goose poop. The federal government has a law that says we cannot shoot Canada geese. more »»

Politically, We Are Stupid; We Don’t Give

August 23, 2015 I just sent a few dollars to the 2016 primary election presidential campaign of far-left Democrat/Socialist Bernie Sanders. “But ... but ... Denny, you are a registered Republica. more »»

Chautauqua Needs To Straighten Its Priorities

August 23, 2015 There comes a time when our perspective should be challenged and realigned. more »»

A Transferable Set Of Skills Is Needed

August 23, 2015 Psychology, sociology, history, political science, economics and philosophy — some have maintained that these and other “liberal arts” subjects may result in less than abundant job prospects for... more »»

Liberal Arts Means Learning To Learn

August 23, 2015 As the summer winds down and young people get ready to return to their campuses, I know many families are having conversations about what kind of college education to pursue. more »»

Everything Old Is New Again

August 22, 2015 Everything changes so quickly now that sometimes it’s hard to keep up. more »»

Questions Prompted By Cecil’s Demise

August 16, 2015 A couple of days after the news about Cecil the Zimbabwe lion began lighting up our computer and TV screens, a well-known journalist asked me to comment for an article he was writing. more »»

The Unacceptable Employment Trade-Off

August 16, 2015 The movement for a $15 minimum wage in cities such as New York, Seattle and Los Angeles has many economists and policymakers worried. more »»

Clean Power Plan Levels Playing Field

August 16, 2015 With the release of the Clean Power Plan earlier this week (Monday, Aug. 3), the U.S. more »»

The Sierra Club’s Proxy War On Coal

August 16, 2015 Cronyism isn’t popular these days. It never really has been, but growth in public awareness of the problem has forced special interests to get more creative in how they approach their rent-seeking. more »»



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