Guns or Yogurt?

It appears that the New York State legislature will soon experience a clash between gun producers and gun control advocates. These quotes sum it all up: A Remington employee: “In my eyes, Remington goes away, Ilion goes away.” A gun control…

How Much Is An Olympic Gold Medal Worth?

In addition to the gold, silver or bronze, Olympic athletes get money for winning. The amount, though, depends on their National Olympic Committee. The Singapore Olympic Committee gives its gold medal winners $800,000, a UK gold medal winner gets his…

“It’s Not Easy Being Green”

Hearing Kermit the Frog say, “It’s not easy being green,” Mexican environmentalists might agree. Since March 2009, Mexican households have been offered cash payments or subsidized loans for replacing refrigerators and air-conditioners that were more than 10 years old with new energy…

The Blackberry Disruption

Last week’s Blackberry blackout saved lives. In Dubai, traffic accidents dipped 20%. For Abu Dhabi, the decrease was 40%. Considering that there is approximately 1 traffic accident every 3 minutes in Dubai and a traffic fatality every 2 days in…

Who Are We?

Environmental concerns? You might want to look at what the The American Community Survey for 2010 says about who drives alone to work (105 million) and how many of us take public transportation (7 million). If education is your focus,…

Vaccine Dilemmas

Let’s try to make one federal budget decision. Who should receive the meningococcal vaccine? Debating the issue, we should be sure to remember pharmaceutical companies, the vaccine’s recipients, the cost of each shot, who gets the disease, the federal budget.…

Unaffordable Sports Stadiums

The year is 1996. The place is Hamilton County, Ohio. You are standing in a voting booth deciding whether to approve a .5% sales tax increase to help build and maintain 2 new sports stadiums. Although the spending will exceed…

PC Benefits

We know that the computer has really made a difference. It replaced typewriters, photo albums, calculators and maybe even travel agents. But still, can we precisely state its impact? Yes, $1700. Economists have calculated that each year since 1977, on…

Giving Life a Price

The people at OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) have been watching “Spider-Man.” Because of actors’ injuries during performances, the federal agency that monitors workplace safety went to Broadway. Should they? It is all about benefit and cost. Frequently, though,…