Join The Healthcare Debate Before It’s Too Late

Posted on June 22nd, 2009 – 3 Comments

I’ve written extensively on the subject of healthcare reform over the past 15 months, and some of the most intense debates on this blog have taken place in the comments of healthcare related posts. As President Obama prepares for what is likely to be the most significant battle of his political career, it seems like […]

Is Obama’s Plan A Backdoor Attempt At Single Payer Healthcare?

Posted on June 17th, 2009 – 4 Comments

For over seventy years, Democratic presidents have attempted to overhaul our healthcare system with the ultimate goal of establishing a single-payer plan. Franklin Roosevelt’s original vision for Social Security included universal health coverage, but he was unable to muster the political support needed to make it a reality in 1937. In later years, Harry Truman […]

What Does 60 Pounds Of Fat Look Like?

Posted on June 2nd, 2009 – 8 Comments

In yesterday’s post, I wrote about my goal of losing 60 pounds before my 48th birthday. I’m over halfway there, and I feel confident that I will be able to stick with the lifestyle changes I’m making for the long-term. The change in my appearance is already fairly dramatic, and I’m beginning to develop a […]

Getting In Shape And Coming Out Of My Shell

Posted on June 1st, 2009 – 1 Comment

When I stepped on my scale this morning I was tantalizingly close to a weight below 200 pounds for the first time in at least 15 years. Since September, I’ve lost nearly 35 pounds, or 15% of my total body weight. I still have a long way to go to reach my ultimate goal of […]

Bogus Credentials, Fast Food, And The Rise Of The Pseudo-Professionals

Posted on May 27th, 2009 – 1 Comment

In virtually every profession, charlatans and frauds occasionally attempt to pass themselves off as legitimate practitioners. Strict licensing requirements make it more difficult in some fields than others, but that doesn’t prevent the truly dedicated scam artist from attempting to cash in on a potentially lucrative business. It doesn’t happen very often, but the sheer […]

Random Thought Of The Day 5-23-09

Posted on May 23rd, 2009 – 1 Comment

If the automakers and the banks have to give up their corporate jets in return for taxpayer funded bailouts, why does Nancy Pelosi still get to fly home every weekend in a G5 at taxpayer expense?

One Identity Crisis After Another

Posted on May 13th, 2009 – 6 Comments

Since getting out of the food business in January of 2008, I spent a great deal of time trying to figure out what I wanted to do for the next phase of my career. I applied half-heartedly for a few positions, but I never really embarked on a focused job search since I didn’t have […]

An Economic Development Proposal For The Roanoke Valley

Posted on May 7th, 2009 – 5 Comments

Regular readers of this blog will recall that I was appointed last year to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Authority for the City of Roanoke. I joined the body in the hopes that we could take a proactive role in shaping the economic future of our city, […]

One Thing We Can All Agree On After 100 Days

Posted on April 30th, 2009 – Be the first to comment

Much hoopla has been made about the first 100 days of the Obama administration, and frankly, I’m pretty tired of it. There is no particular significance to the first 100 days of any new administration, other than to give our 24 hour news media something to blather about. In historical terms, 100 days is a […]

Random Thought Of The Day 4-28-09

Posted on April 28th, 2009 – Be the first to comment

If you think General Motors and Chrysler are poorly managed now, just wait until the Federal Government and the United Auto Workers become the majority stockholders.

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