Posted By: Francis Koster Published: November 1, 2020

We can look at the state of our nation through two lenses – The state of our economy, and the state of our happiness. The United States has the #1 ranked economy in the world.[1] Turns out this does not have much to do with our state of happiness. For almost a decade, researchers have been studying annually the happiness of 156 countries, looking at citizen’s perceptions of their happiness in many areas including their sense of freedom, their economy, education, the ability to improve oneself, healthcare, life expectancy, and lack of public corruption. Using these indicators, our United States ranked only 18th for happiness. [2] Among all the countries in the world, we rank number 35 for life expectancy and falling. [3] Even among just the richest countries in the world, our life expectancy ranks 12th in the world and is falling.[4]

Posted By: Francis Koster Published: October 3, 2016

The Other Housing Crisis: Finding a Home in Rural America Thirty percent of rural Americans have substandard housing—and it’s expensive. But these communities are finding ways to give low-income residents homes of their own. by Melissa Hellmann posted on “Yes! Magazine” Sep 22, 2016 For Debbie Green, purchasing a home was a dream come true. …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: February 26, 2016

  Is Barcelona the Smartest City in the World? as appeared in “FutureStructure” by Laura Adler  February 19, 2016 This story was originally published on Data-Smart City Solutions. Cities around the world are beginning to understand the huge potential of the Internet of Things (IoT). In Barcelona, those possibilities have started to become the reality. …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: April 26, 2015

Polluted Schools Damage Brains by Francis P. Koster, Ed. D. Since the passage of the Clean Air Act in 1970, America has become much healthier.   According to the New England Journal of Medicine, our average lifespan increased almost three years between 1978 and 2001, and as much as 4.8 months of that can be attributed …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: April 16, 2015

Rebuilding America's Aging Downtowns Needs to Anticipate the Future by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. 14 smaller “mom and pop” stores died each time Wal-Mart, Target, and Kmart opened a new store.[1]  Between 1962 and 2013 alone these giants established more than 8,000 stores.[2] Most of these “car accessible” big box stores were located on interstate …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: October 9, 2014

Note:  This column was first published in the Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Observer on October 5, 2014.  An impressive explaination of how community metrics can be used to improve eduction, it is reproduced here with the permission of the paper and the author. New Approach Tackles Dropout Rate by Mary Lynne Calhoun Ed.D.     The …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: August 7, 2014

Telling the Truth About Climate Change Copyright Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. We have a discussion going on in our society about “global warming” and “climate change” that is not working. We can create a better future – but only we follow the oath used in court – to “tell the truth, the whole truth, and …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: April 7, 2013

 Putting a Stop to More Crime by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. This is a crime story with a surprising ending. The "bad guys" can behave like "good guys", if we give them the right tools. The result is that the cops nab more "bad guys".  Reported crime in America has been steadily dropping for many …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: February 24, 2013

Retirement no Longer Equals Old Age by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. A funny thing happened back in the late 1940's. Lots of young women got pregnant all at once. Some point to over 13 millioni service men coming home to their lonely girlfriends. Guess what happened a few years later. Births went from 2.5 million in …

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Posted By: Francis Koster Published: May 14, 2012

Is the Sustainability Movement Political Hype? by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. "Scarce as hens' teeth" has little meaning to children who have never seen a live chicken and don't know chickens have no teeth. "Friending" someone on FACEBOOK is a word now in common use - but was unknown a few years ago. New words enter …

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