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'Because we ran out of birdshot'

On the 50th anniversary of the late Mario Savio’s Free-Speech Movement, it is humorous to recall the colloquy among liberal legislators and law-enforcement representatives during subsequent hearings.

October 1, 2014

Why your sales system doesn't work

I read a report recently stating that 70 percent of all sales systems and sales initiatives fail. I have no idea who created that number (personally, I use 74 percent for all my statistical reports), but the point is clear.

October 1, 2014

Pesky questions about those AWOL Afghans

So the five Afghan soldiers who went missing from two separate U.S. military bases are now all accounted for and apparently headed back to their home country. Feel safer now? Don't.

October 1, 2014

Signs indicate California's recovery will last

There are still skeptics who maintain the California economy remains in recession, that talk of economic recovery amounts to whistling past the proverbial graveyard when unemployment remains above 7 percent.

September 30, 2014

It takes layers of laws to build a building

A new courthouse is under construction across the street from the Hall of Justice in downtown San Diego. Because I am in the Hall four days a week, I have been able to watch the building process from windows overlooking the site.

September 30, 2014

When you need to scan on the go

Wireless connectivity has come to portable scanners. I’ve been traveling with the recently introduced Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100, the company’s newest portable scanner. It’s a remarkable little package that lets me turn paper documents into digital documents wherever I am, and do it completely wirelessly. There’s no need for a USB connection or power cord. That means it can connect to smartphones and tablets wirelessly, as well as to a computer both wirelessly or with the USB connector supplied.

September 29, 2014

Itís time for state utility execs to start worrying

Executives of California’s large privately owned utility companies don’t usually have to worry about much. Their companies enjoy virtual monopolies in vast regions, their profits are guaranteed and their shareholders are generally assured of regular dividends — which means they can count on collecting large salaries indefinitely.

September 29, 2014

Americaís drug epidemic: Our greatest threat

The drug epidemic sweeping our country is someone else’s problem until it becomes your problem, as it has become my family’s problem.

September 29, 2014

Molycorp too risky to recommend as an investment

The stock market has been seesawing recently and investors seem to have become complacent. Remember: The stock market does go down and there is no reason for panic that there will be a big drop soon.

September 26, 2014

Donít negotiate compensation

Advice that is often given to people as they advance in their careers is that they should not state their compensation expectations or objectives during the interviewing process. On the other side of the table, employers get into the practice of attempting to hire people at the lower end of their range of affordability to get a “bargain” in talent acquisition.

September 26, 2014
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