Columns

A very different take on It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Great Pumpkin
Original Publication Date
10/30/2007

It’s Halloween and my favorite TV special is, “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” I was two years old when it premiered in 1966 and I never missed an airing, and the DVD is watched at least twice a year. But upon closer inspection, Charlie Brown’s world is a little odd, and that got me thinking (never a good thing on a slow news day) what if Charlie Brown and his world was real?

Nothing New: A Small Enterprise Development Project in West Africa

West Africa
Original Publication Date
08/30/2007

For a long time many people saw the developing world as an empty pit, pouring in skills, goods, and money to fill it. More and more, this pit appears bottomless, basic human conditions within it only worsening. Project benefits are not lasting. Little seems sustainable.

Why?

Perhaps because these failed projects depend too heavily on foreign funding and skills.

Re-Visiting and Extending the Political Profiling of Elected Democratic Officials

Columns
Original Publication Date
07/30/2007

The advantage of a federal prosecution is that prosecutors are immune from petty party politics . [ . . . ] State prosecutions that are the result of partisan politics are suspect in the minds of American jurors who deliberate not only upon the facts but with respect to issues of fairness.1

The Medium is the Process; The Process is the Message

Process
Original Publication Date
07/12/2007

When I first started publishing, I was advised never to look at my work in print: whatever the problems I would spot (and I would spot them), there was nothing I could do about them, I was told. The piece of paper, the artifact, was final. All hail the printed page, for it is final, glorious and sacrosanct! And I bowed with the rest.

Need I tell you that things have changed?

Mother's Day

Mother's Day
Original Publication Date
05/13/2007

My first experience with gainful employment was at age 7 as the "clip file" librarian. In 1967, clip files were constructed of news stories which were cut out neatly and taped, along with the dateline from the newspaper, to a paper backing. They were destined to accompany a written query to a publisher.