How the federal government may not be serving St. Louis well

One of the challenges that progressives frequently face is that they like to be sticklers for facts, at least wherever possible. And since a basic tenet of progressive beliefs is that many societal problems can best be solved through pro-active engagement by the federal government, it becomes frustrating when then federal government does not acquit…

TSA misses guns and knives, but nails me for my cardiac device

My wife and I, along with friends, spent a wonderful week in Arizona.  We admired the Grand Canyon on a perfect April Day.   We toured Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture school outside Scottsdale.  We visited Sedona, the red rocks canyons, and, the picturesque mountains below Flagstaff.  On four evenings we watched the Cardinals play the Diamondbacks…

Old-school communications might have saved Chris Christie a lot of embarrassment

It took exactly one, tersely worded email to blow the lid off Chris Christie’s “Bridge-gate” scandal. The now infamous “Time for some traffic problems in Ft. Lee” email from Christie’s deputy chief-of-staff, Bridget Ann Kelly, to David Wildstein at the Port Authority set in motion the politically engineered traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge,…

NYC: 1st-class city, 3rd-class infrastructure, and what it means for the rest of us

America’s failure to invest in its infrastructure is a national disgrace. I think most of us can agree on that. But it’s very hard to get people riled up enough about it to demand a change. Recently, I was in New York City for a few days. Being there made me think about the issue…

Hurricane Sandy’s election impact: What if polling places can’t open by Election Day?

Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast on Sunday, October 28 and Monday, October 29,  slightly more than a week before Election Day 2012. Suppose the storm had hit on Election Day or just one or two days prior to Election Day. A huge percentage of the polling places in the Northeast would not be able…