Thoughts jotted down on the computer by Eric Niewoehner.
I don’t know about you, but I think the word “blog” is a bit “blah.” It sounds like something from a 1950’s sci-fi B-rated black and white movie. “The Blog!” Back in the 80’s and 90’s they were called “Op-Eds”, or opinion pieces or editorials. But then came the Internet and the advent of a new language.
I consider my opinion pieces to be “thinking out loud.” Face it. Most of what we write begins with us running or walking and talking to ourselves. So it is with my “blogs.” While much of what I write reflects a particular view point which you may or may not agree with, the important thing to me is that I am “thinking.” You just happen to have the benefit of reading what I think. Like much of what we think about, our ideas are continually being tested. We often have certain notions and must struggle with how they apply to the world about us — or even more fundamentally, should they apply at all.
I hope you find the articles on this page enjoyable and insightful. Your comments are always welcome.
Complete Listing of Articles
- Stranger than Fiction — The Case of Mary FulpOn January 18, 2023, Alaska’s Principal of the Year, Mary Fulp, was forcefully removed from her home, admitted to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, subjected to psychiatric testing, tied to a gurney, and injected with psychotropic medication1. The chain of events that unfolded could provide the basic ingredients of a sci-fi horror tale. In the world of non-fiction, it was a personal nightmare for Mary Fulp. It also opened up a constitutional hornets nest.
- Social Security – When Will America Face Reality?No issue faces more political posturing than social security. The Democrats incessantly accuse Republicans of wanting to end, or destroy social security. “They are after your retirement.” Republicans insist that no one is going to destroy your retirement security. But they offer solutions with fear and trepidation because each time they make the attempt, they are destroyed in the media and the results often show up in elections.
- Is Juneau Running Out of Diesel?In their obsession with windmills and solar panels, government bureaucrats and university analysts have overlooked a million details.
- The Volkmer Effect on Alaska’s Congressional RepresentationWho is Harold Volkmer and why should it matter to Alaskans?
- The Tragedy of RussiaWhat is the soul of Russia? A nation which endeavors to be modern seems to have one foot anchored in the dark past of tsarist Russia.
- Are We In A Recession?Such is the measure of double-speak these days that an ordinary word like “recession” is now a matter of debate.
- Where Does Inflation Come From?What causes our current inflation problem? Knowing the cause is important in applying the solution.
- The Mail-In Ballot ExperienceMail-in-ballots are certainly convenient. But the process raises several concerns.
- The Debt We OweAlaska’s Congressional Race and the National Debt
- The Solution to Paying Off Student DebtIt is interesting to note how in the real world loans work. According to the Fed, non-performing loans in the real world rest at about 1%! Yet student loans are at 23%! It is clear that the student loan market is highly distorted. The objective is to re-introduce reality into the student loan marketplace.
- Student Debt: Are Colleges to Blame?A deeper look at how colleges have escalated the cost of education, making it difficult for students to avoid debt.
- The Problem of Student DebtA blanket forgiveness is simply throwing money away and undercutting the millions who attend college for the right reasons, who pursue higher education intentionally, without the help of handouts. It undercuts one of the critical principles of a free economy – accounta
- Fighting Inflation – A Trip to the Grocery StoreHow do you win the fight against inflation? One battle at a time. Today’s lesson is a trip to the grocery store.
- Ukraine – Poland 1939 All Over AgainThe strange resemblance between Ukraine in 2022 and Poland in 1939. An historical perspective on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
- Adults in the RoomWhat this country needs are courageous adults, people who are willing to stand up and tell people the truth – and do it courteously and respectfully.
- Broken: Is Public Education Beyond Repair?Is Public Education Beyond Repair? The controversy over critical race theory has peeled away several layers of our society that, like an onion, can only bring tears.
- Transparency and Critical Race TheoryTransparency implies a desire to be truthful. It assumes that the adults in the room have the confidence to calmly discuss issues. It assumes that where two people disagree, they can still respect one another. CRT cannot stand up to that test because the more it is investigated, the darker it be
- The New WaveIn order for a democracy to survive it must have an informed electorate. That is why the freedom and health of the press is vital.
- The Pro Act and YouTubeThe Pro Act ads are giving us a taste of what is to come, indicative of how bad it is going to get when we have elections coming in 2022. It will, in essence, ruin YouTube. Like most everybody in Alaska I have been subjugated to endless ads for or against the Pro Act. The Pro…
- Almond Abstract and the Pursuit of HappinessWe take for granted that we have the freedom to buy what we wish at a grocery store. Yet it all depends on our society being civil.
- Open Letter to Major League BaseballAs an American, I find the strong-arm bullying of MLB to be offensive. It is not the business of baseball to dictate to the American public how it governs itself. It is the decision of the people of Georgia. It is democracy. Live with it.
- Tribute to Rush LimbaughHis piercing intrusion into the news establishment was desperately needed. His success would set the foundation of the Fox News network that would appear in the late 90’s. What would follow in the decades to come would be an arsenal of conservative opinion and news sources.
- The Invisible HandAnd so it is today we have the ugly head of monopolistic power being raised and the cry for anti-trust lawsuits to be levied against Amazon, Google, Facebook and Twitter. Is it really necessary?
- Why Parler?Elements of the Internet have obviously evolved to the status of “common carrier”. What was done to Parler violates, fundamentally, the principle of free speech. But it also demonstrates the monopolistic power of what is coined as Big Tech: Apple, Google, Amazon and an array of powerful Internet companies that can erase your existence on…
- TransparencyNow we have the Internet – where will it lead? Will we be mature enough, as a society, to handle the ongoing presentation of raw information? Will reactionary mobs be the norm, or can we engineer a system of governance that can more effectively respond to raw information?
- Fake News UpdateYou, and no one else, are the best protection against fake news. Educate yourself.
- Solution to Fake NewsA continuation of an earlier discussion on Fake News. How is the best way to identify it and to fight it?