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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Nov 4, 2013

Five Steps To Save The Incredible Shrinking Post Office

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/steps-save-incredible-shrinking-post-office/

In July 2011 the United States Postal Service (USPS) management announced it would rapidly close 3600 local post offices and eventually as many as 15,000.  And shutter half the nation’s mail processing centers. A frenzy of grassroots activity erupted as citizens in hundreds of towns mobilized to save a treasured institution that plays a key… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 5, 2013

Let The Red States Vote on Health Care

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/red-states/

In 2009, when Congress passed the health care bill, only one Republican voted in favor.  In 2010, with opposition to the new health care law as their rallying cry, Republicans gained a net 63 seats and control of the House of Representatives.  They also won control of 11 additional states, bringing their total to 25…. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 13, 2013

Medical Marijuana: 40 Years of Sanity from the Bottom and Insanity from the Top

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/medical-marijuana-40-years-sanity-bottom-insanity-top/

Our attitude toward medical marijuana has unfolded like a sisyphean tragedy in three acts. Act I:  The People Press Their Case, Again and Again In 1937 Congress passed the Marihuana Tax Act, which made the recreational use of marijuana illegal.  But it affirmed the right of physicians and pharmacists to prescribe and dispense it. The… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jan 4, 2013

Who Should Pay the Costs of Climate Disasters?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/pay-costs-climate-disasters/

Who should pay the costs of climate disasters?  In light of the current debate in the United States about federal assistance to Hurricane Sandy victims and the recent debate at the recent Doha Climate Conference about international assistance for climate change victims, that has become an increasingly pressing question for humankind. The frequency and cost… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Dec 19, 2012

Should We Subsidize Giving?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/subsidize-giving/

Robert J. Shiller, Professor of Economics and Finance at Yale recently weighed in with his perspective on subsidizing charity with a New York Times column whose title clearly conveys his message: “Please Don’t Mess With the Charitable Deduction.” There is a case to be made for charitable deductions.  Regrettably, this isn’t it. Shiller offers three… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 30, 2012

Sandy and the Importance of Government

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/sandy-importance-government/

If this election is a referendum on the benefit of government then superstorm Sandy should be Exhibit A for the affirmative. The government weather service, using data from government weather satellites delivered a remarkably accurate and sobering long range forecast that both catalyzed action and gave communities sufficient time to prepare. Those visually stunning maps… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 16, 2012

What a Difference a Court Makes

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/difference-court/

In a democracy the majority wins. Which makes minority groups vulnerable.  At the dawn of the Republic John Adams warned about “the tyranny of the majority.” Almost a century later, the 14th Amendment finally declared that no State shall “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”  Despite its being… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | 3 Comments | Updated on Oct 9, 2012

Is It All About Hormones?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/hormones/

Sometimes everywhere I turn, the story line seems to pivot on hormones. Recently the Boys Scouts denied Ryan Anderson, a gay 17 year-old the rank of Eagle Scout because “he does not meet scouting’s membership standard on sexual orientation.”  Last April, Jennifer Tyrrell, a lesbian parent in Ohio, was forced out as a den mother… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 26, 2012

We’re the NFL. We don’t have to care.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/were-nfl-dont-care/

Watching professional football these days reminds me of Lily Tomlin’s Ernestine the telephone operator on Saturday Night Live and her famous punch line, “We don’t care.  We don’t have to.  We’re the phone company.” Or in this case the National Football League.  For those who don’t follow football, let me bring you up to date. … Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 13, 2012

The Times They Are A’Changing. Or Are They?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/times-achanging-they/

The recent colorful tirade by Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe against a legislator who demanded the Baltimore Ravens owner fire linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo for supporting gay marriage and the overwhelmingly positive response to it by football fans and players alike are heartwarming developments.  It shows how far we’ve come.  But the fact that voters in… Continue reading