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Staying Warm In The Winter

October 25, 2015 As New York State begins to look at another winter heating season, it is timely to take a look at recent developments for natural gas, the primary home heating fuel consumed in the state (56% of all... more »»

Raising Everyone’s Retirement Age Undercuts A Key Goal Of Social Security

October 25, 2015 Social Security faces a big hole in its finances. The program takes in too little money to pay for its long-term obligations. more »»

Yes To Increasing The Retirement Age

October 25, 2015 Bumping up the Social Security retirement age is fair and reasonable. It can help shore up the program’s shaky solvency without saddling younger generations with excessive payroll taxes. more »»

The Irony Of Affordability Programs

October 24, 2015 A funny thing happens when politicians are determined to make a good or service more affordable: It becomes less affordable and/or less available, depending on the approach taken. more »»

Does Progressivism Lead To Progress?

October 17, 2015 Progressive ideas have a certain appeal to a wide swath of people. more »»

For The Good Of The Nation

October 11, 2015 Now is the time for all citizens to participate in national service as a coming of age and a coming of responsibility from adolescence to adulthood. more »»

Should We Compel Volunteerism?

October 11, 2015 Volunteering our time and donating money to moral causes is part of America’s DNA. more »»

Help, My Smartphone Has Me Hostage

October 11, 2015 Increasingly, we often expect each other to be smartphone-available nearly 24/7. Or we act as if this is the case. Over time, this can lead to feelings of exhaustion and a sense of entrapment. more »»

Addressing Chautauqua Lake’s Algae Issue

October 11, 2015 Recently, I had lunch with Courtney Wigdahl-Perry, an assistant professor at the State University at Fredonia. Dr. more »»

Dreamers Hold The Future

October 10, 2015 The current rate of progress in technology is astounding. more »»

Fasten Your Seat Belts, Chautauqua County Is ‘On The Move’

October 4, 2015 Just over one year ago, I presented my first budget as your County Executive with an opening slide which said: “Approaching the tipping point; moving from surviving to thriving.” On Sept. more »»

Did We Learn Anything From the Solyndra Debacle?

October 4, 2015 As if Solyndra’s monumental failure was not enough of a blow to taxpayers, a new report from the Department of Energy inspector general four years in the making finds the infamous solar company... more »»

Bernie Sanders Seeks Infantile America

October 4, 2015 The raucous welcomes and thundering applause that have greeted America’s newest (and oldest) political rock star, the septuagenarian Bernie Sanders, have launched a cottage industry of puzzled... more »»

How The Unseen Effect Of Regulation Harms Economic Growth

October 4, 2015 The 2015 Economic Freedom of the World report was recently released and out of the 157 countries ranked the United States fell from the 12th slot in 2014 to 16t. more »»

Why We Are Seer Suckers

October 3, 2015 Scott Armstrong from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania gave us the Seer Sucker Theory: “No matter how much evidence exists that seers do not exist, suckers will pay fo... more »»

Is Political Polarization Really So Bad?

September 27, 2015 Political polarization is a serious problem for the United States because it impedes steps necessary to solve mounting national problems. more »»

The Positive Side Of Political Polarization

September 27, 2015 Three weeks before Halloween in 2002, the chambers of Congress considered House Joint Resolution 114. In non-Congress-speak, that meant the U.S. more »»

Shale Revolution Revitalizes US Manufacturing

September 27, 2015 Quietly but unquestionably, the shale revolution has jumpstarted a U.S. manufacturing sector long thought in terminal decline. more »»

Improving Data On Higher Education

September 27, 2015 A little over a week ago the Obama administration released version 2. more »»

Common Good Is Not The Goal

September 26, 2015 Pope Francis is a nice enough guy, described as a lovely and good man. He talks a lot about the poor, says compassionate things, and kisses little children. more »»



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