Dear Recession, You’re Not So Bad

 (Christian Science Monitor, August 25, 2008)

Dear Recession, there has been quite a bit of commentary about you recently, nearly all of it bad. Just about everyone wants to see you gone. But I believe that where the business cycle is concerned, if you cannot be with the one you love, you should love the one you’re with. I want to talk about your good qualities.

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A Heartless Way of Inspiring Aid

 (Christian Science Monitor, August 7, 2007)

We’ve seen enough pictures to become desensitized — vast slums crawling with rats, emaciated dogs and starving children, creeks of sewage trickling through the streets. We’ve heard the pleas — emotional appeals about helping our less fortunate brothers and sisters; about making a difference. But still the problem of wrenching poverty across the globe persists. Maybe a different approach is needed. Instead of tugging at heartstrings, let’s look at the issue in a cold, detached and heartless way. Let’s look at it from the standpoint of someone who gets paid to focus on collective utility, not individual suffering. In other words, let’s look at it like an economist.

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The Only Way to Kick Our Oil Habit

 (Christian Science Monitor, September 18, 2006)

At the risk of becoming the most unpopular person in the suburbs, I have to admit that my feelings about the recent discovery of a vast new oil deposit beneath the Gulf of Mexico are mixed. The new find, in what is known as the Jack Field, will sharply increase US oil reserves. That is a good thing. Our dependence on Middle Eastern oil is far too great, given the region’s instability. The new find may also sharply decrease the price of gasoline. That is the part that bothers me..

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