ALTERNATIVE FUEL: something other than gas!

I am one of those who wants to urge the drivers of vehicles in this nation to make the switch from traditional gas-powered vehicles to those which employ alternative fuels.  After you yawn, continue reading.   I know that it’s a pretty well-accepted concept except for those employed by or economically-enhanced by the oil industry. I […]

THE ROYAL WEDDING: some random thoughts

I just pulled myself away from my family who are still watching the follow-up to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.  Some random thoughts: That’s the last time you’ll hear me use those names/titles.  They are now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  I understand that officially The Duchess is also The Princess […]

REVERSAL: a turn-around

Well, over the past two days I’ve identified a target issue: the decline of the Middle Class in America, and I’ve commented on some of the issues which feed that decline.  It is only appropriate that I offer my spectator-based opinions as to how this decline might get turned around.  As I have said, I’m […]

WEALTH/POVERTY: a study of indifference

“The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Cliché, sure, but it’s also more true than at any time since the Gilded Age. The poor are getting poorer, wages are falling behind inflation, and social mobility is at an all-time low. If you’re in that top 1%, life is grand.” * That […]

MIDDLE CLASS:a class of people intermediate between the classes of higher and lower social rank or standing; the social, economic, cultural class, having approximately average status, income, education, tastes, and the like. *

I grew up in a middle class family, kind of on the lower end of the category at first. We lived in a modest house which was slightly too small for our family, but was affordable.  My parents both worked (unusual in the 1940′s) and my widowed grandmother lived with us to manage the household.  […]

TOY WITH: an idiom which implies a frivolous, casual activity

In a very serious op-ed piece on Saturday in the New York Times, Joe Nocera wrote about an economic issue, derivative regulation, which is a major factor in the government’s economic future.  He celebrates the pending start of derivative regulation through the Dodd-Frank Bill which will require greater oversight in investment procedures on the part […]