Archive for November, 2010

Paul Pierce Got The Problem Right But Missed the Solution

Sunday, November 28th, 2010 by Al Lewis (alewis)

Paul Pierce noted that kids need to exercise more and adults need to encourage them. http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2010/11/25/have_a_ball/   
However, he overlooked the clear impediment to that goal and missed the obvious solution to it. 
The problem:  By definition most school gymnasiums are closed during the times that kids have available for exercise. 
 
The solution:  Opening them for evenings and [...]

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A Lottery that Preys Upon the Rich

Friday, November 19th, 2010 by Al Lewis (alewis)

Imagine a way to raise money that, like a lottery, is totally voluntary, but, unlike a lottery, doesn’t prey upon the poor or feed gambling addictions. That is what happens if, instead of raffling low-numbered license plates, states auction them. These aren’t kidneys. There is no reason not to sell them to the [...]

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NO to Year-Round Daylight Savings Time. YES to moving the time zones west

Sunday, November 14th, 2010 by Al Lewis (alewis)

Time zones were established when people went to bed at 8:00, before anyone had eletricity. We need to move them all west at least 500 miles. Moving to year-round daylight savings time is not the answer. That doesn’t increase our daylight in the summer, when the sun rises an hour or two before we do, and sets long before we are ready to turn in. Added evening daylight, which reconfigured time zones will provide, will boost tourism, keeping downtowns buzzing while boosting retail sales, just like in Europe, where it’s light until 9:00 all summer.

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Increase Social Security Checks Without Increasing The Deficit

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 by Al Lewis (alewis)

Social Security payments have not been adjusted for inflation in two years.  However, there is an easy way for the Government to increase their purchasing power for senior citizens:  The ShopAmerica Gift Card.
Instead of just sending out the checks, suppose the Government gave people a choice:  You can either have this month’s check or you [...]

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