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Your Life Expectancy And Your Social Security Are Intertwined

September 20, 2015 According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, life expectancy in the United States is the longest ever, approaching 79 year. more »»

In The Heat Of Election Season, Universities Left In The Cold

September 20, 2015 With the surprising emergence of a boisterous Donald Trump and the growing concerns about truthfulness surrounding Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, a dozen leaders from significant state... more »»

Why Bans Always Fail

September 19, 2015 The rules for cooperation in society have developed over thousands of years. They include what may, in a very loose sense, be called a ban on murder, theft, coercion, fraud, and so on. more »»

Plastic Microbeads Polluting Lakes, Waterways

September 13, 2015 Our lakes and waterways are a critical foundation of our environment and economy in Chautauqua County and Western New York. Especially Lake Erie and Chautauqua Lake. more »»

Why Not Be A Drug Dealer In Jamestown?

September 13, 2015 Recently, The Post-Journal published the release of convicted drug dealers. more »»

Sewers Around The Lake

September 13, 2015 When people talk about building public infrastructure, I begin looking for maps and locations. more »»

Let’s Hear Our Next President’s Views On Poverty

September 13, 2015 In September of each year, the U.S. Census Bureau releases data from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement of the Current Population Survey. more »»

Who Is Qualified To Run The Country?

September 12, 2015 With the (far, far too long) presidential election season upon us, we have already heard endless discussions about who is the right person to run the country. more »»

The Key To A Better Life Is A Union Contract

September 6, 2015 Many Americans will spend Labor Day at barbecues, festivals and other family events. Some will lament the end of summer. Others will cheer the beginning of football season. more »»

Skills, Not Unions, Will Grow the Economy

September 6, 2015 High levels of income inequality and low rates of wage growth in the economy are sometimes blamed on a decline in labor unions. more »»

Intellectual Doubts Technological Progress Leads To Economic Advancement

September 6, 2015 Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Once again, a scholar with impressive credentials is broadcasting the gloomy notion that Americans face a job-poor future. more »»

Commuter-Airline Service Needs To Be Renovated

September 6, 2015 The Aug. 29 story in The Post-Journal that the passenger count is down at the Chautauqua County airport should surprise no one. Absolutely, positively no one. more »»

Climate Change At The Forefront

September 5, 2015 President Obama recently visited Alaska to put a focus on climate change, choosing that state for its great photo-ops: pictures with receding glaciers. more »»

Economic Ignorance Prevails On Left And Right

August 30, 2015 As someone who taught college economics for 30 years, I assert that the current level of economic understanding is stunningly low, the worst I’ve ever seen. Take the fossil fuel/climate change debate. more »»

Teachers Need Positive Support

August 30, 2015 It’s the onset of fall and that means, as it does every year, that school is about to start. This is a process we take for granted. Because we take it for granted, we underestimate its complexity. more »»

On Voting ... And Not

August 30, 2015 The campaigning for next year’s elections is starting to draw more attention, and with it comes a focus on voters and their mood. more »»

Soda Tax Demonstrates The Logic Of Nudging Consumer Behavior

August 30, 2015 Recent preliminary results from Mexico’s soda tax, which showed a 6 percent decline in soda consumption, are renewing public enthusiasm for a similar tax in the United States. more »»

Why Is Freedom Good?

August 29, 2015 Someone recently asked why freedom is good, and it is worthwhile for everyone to seriously reflect on that question, because it makes a differenc. more »»

Save Us From Green Glop: Shoot The Geese

August 25, 2015 Mention “nullification” or “states’ rights,” and most of us think about slavery or the Civil War. I think about goose poop. The federal government has a law that says we cannot shoot Canada geese. more »»

Politically, We Are Stupid; We Don’t Give

August 23, 2015 I just sent a few dollars to the 2016 primary election presidential campaign of far-left Democrat/Socialist Bernie Sanders. “But ... but ... Denny, you are a registered Republica. more »»



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