Really Light Rail By David Morris November 14, 1999 When I was on KTCA’s “Almanac” a few months ago with Elwyn Tinklenberg, the transportation commissioner held forth on the promise of light-rail transit (LRT). The cohost anticipated my response. “Mr. Morris, you’re against rail and for buses, right?” She was surprised and confused when I… Continue reading
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Feature Stories: The Buck Starts-and-Stops Here, Getting a Slice of the Pie, States Take the Bull by the Horn, Now We Have Plenty of Bananas, Microradio Struggles to Regain a Place on the Dial, and Outlandish Taxes.
Place Rules: Consumer coupons could boost local business in Japan, Indie bookstores break ground online at booksense.com, and Mayors and counties charge pro-industry slant on Congressional e-commerce tax commission.
The CIA’s Record of Incompetence Argues for Abolition by David Morris Institute for Local Self-Reliance May 20, 1999 – published in St. Paul Pioneer Press When he learned that the CIA had failed to update a 1992 map of Belgrade, leading NATO to mistakenly bomb the Chinese Embassy in an attack that killed 4, injured… Continue reading
Abolish the Pentagon by David Morris Institute for Local Self-Reliance March 9, 1999 – published in St. Paul Pioneer Press Stamp out waste and incompetence in government. Strip the Pentagon of its rank. For the fifth year in a row the General Accounting Office(GAO) has labelled the military’s financial and accountability system “high risk”. “None… Continue reading
Bananas, Justice and Free Trade by David Morris Institute for Local Self-Reliance May 6, 1999 – published in St. Paul Pioneer Press Three planetary corporations–Del Monte, Chiquita and Dole–control 60 percent of the world market for bananas. Seven tiny island nations in the East Caribbean control less than 3 percent. The big boys insist the… Continue reading
By What Compass is Jesse Guided? by David Morris Institute for Local Self-Reliance April 20, 1999 – published in St. Paul Pioneer Press Two weeks ago, Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura exercised his first veto. He rejected legislation that would have required sprinkler companies to install a $35 device that senses soil moisture and turns off… Continue reading
Consumers Say No to Genetic Engineering by David Morris Institute for Local Self-Reliance April 6, 1999 – published in St. Paul Pioneer Press In the annals of consumerism, there has never been anything quite like the revolt against genetically engineered food. It is a fascinating story, an epic struggle between consumers and industry and government… Continue reading
Wasting Away by David Morris Institute for Local Self-Reliance March 23, 1999 – published in St. Paul Pioneer Press The government pushed nuclear power on the nation, assured utilities their liability would be limited, prevented states from imposing safety restrictions and promised communities they wouldn’t have to keep the decay. Well, then, who is responsible?… Continue reading
Bill of Rights vs. Concentrated Power by David Morris Institute for Local Self-Reliance March 2, 1999 – published in St. Paul Pioneer Press One of the White House’s priorities is to enact a Patients Bill of Rights that, among other elements, requires Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) to develop grievance and appeals procedures. Meanwhile, Senators Ron… Continue reading
Populism Circa 1999 by David Morris Institute for Local Self-Reliance February 9, 1999 – published in St. Paul Pioneer Press The election of Jesse Ventura set off a flurry of punditry about the meaning of the word “populist”. Governor Ventura certainly fits to a “v” the first part of Webster’s New World Dictionary’s definition of… Continue reading