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Charles Bayer

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A Progressive Agenda for 2016

By Charles Bayer

October 30, 2014

For months the political gurus have been predicting the outcome of next week’s election. And my guess is they have probably got it right. The Republicans will add a dozen or so seats to their majority in the House and may take the Senate. Nevertheless ... Read more »


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Comes the Gray Hair Revolution

By Charles Bayer

October 27, 2014

The intentional community where Wendy and I live is committed never to ask anyone to leave because they run out of enough money to stay. Every year, we have a two-day street fair where approximately $180,000 is added to our endowment of over $6,000,000, all ... Read more »

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Something Completely Different — Take 2

By Charles Bayer

October 15, 2014

Every columnist or blogger in sight who has a dog has probably written about their relationship. The most heart-rending ones talk of the tears and grief that come when it is time for that furry bundle of affection to be “put down.” “Put down” is ... Read more »

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When Will the Power Brokers Get Serious About Climate Change?

By Charles Bayer

October 9, 2014

It is not just about this summer’s heat in California, or even the extended drought. Nor is its validity mitigated by snowstorms in Chicago, or Minnesota’s frigid winter. It is about the slowly rising world temperatures, the flooding of inhabited islands in the Pacific, the ... Read more »

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How We Got Into This Tragic Mess

By Charles Bayer

October 1, 2014

It is not a very a productive use of energy to debate what we should or should not have done sometime back. And yet history is perhaps our best teacher. Actions have consequences. I suppose all of us occasionally reflect on actions taken in the ... Read more »

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The Unanswered Question About Global Warming

By Charles Bayer

September 12, 2014

The argument is over — or ought to be.  The scientific evidence is in. The burning of fossil fuels is the culprit. Oil, gas and coal are the assassins. To allow the damage to continue in order to keep the economy running smoothly is both ... Read more »

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Piketty for Dummies

By Charles Bayer

September 10, 2014

Thomas Piketty, a young French economist, has laid out a most challenging and insightful look at the current disparity between rich and poor. When CAPITAL in Twenty-First Century, was translated and published by Harvard just a few weeks ago, it immediately zoomed to the top ... Read more »

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On Summer Reading

By Charles Bayer

September 4, 2014

This week and next I want to talk about some of the reading I had been doing this summer. But first let me reflect for a moment on what I hear from people who read these weekly columns. Most of the responses I receive are ... Read more »

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