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Antonin Scalia: An honest approach to judging

It was 2005. Somehow I had wangled an invitation to a speech by Antonin Scalia, associate justice of the Supreme Court, in Balboa Park. I arrived late. His Honor had already begun speaking.

July 7, 2015

The Confederate flag isn't to blame

The incredibly vast array of things that induce people to commit vicious crimes is almost beyond comprehension. During the middle part of the 20th century, insidious criminal training manuals were resplendent in many soda shops. I think they were called comic books as a way to fool adults into letting their kids learn killing techniques.

July 7, 2015

Of religion, politics and media

Some time back, a writer for a major American newspaper wrote a story about an openly gay United Methodist minister who lost her church over her sexual orientation. The reporter wrote the minister was in danger of being “excommunicated.”

July 6, 2015

The best idea I’ve had since retiring

Creating a Family Business Council is the best idea I have had since retiring Jan. 15 from USD’s Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate. I recommend the concept highly for senior business executives and retirees with adult children.

July 6, 2015

Don’t leave home with only an Amex card

American Express positions their card as the one never to leave home without, and that they are wherever you are around the world. But on a recent trip, they let me down just when I needed them the most.

July 6, 2015

PUC reform bills too little, too late

It’s the same with the state Public Utilities Commission these days as with almost everything else: By the time state legislators notice something is a problem, things are so bad, so extreme that other people and agencies have already acted.

July 3, 2015

Let’s blow up HR

This is actually the message on the front page of the latest Harvard Business Review. Front page. Again.

July 3, 2015

Educate yourself on the shell games of Wall Street

During the tech boom of the late 1990s, it became well-known that many companies were using options to pay their employees and not taking the expense of a salary.

July 3, 2015

What’s new in Mission Beach

It began before Memorial Day. Heavy weekend traffic in Mission Beach drawn to the new concessions at Belmont Park predicted a busy summer at the shoreline.

July 2, 2015
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