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 nothing but the truth”.  

There are two major parts of this discussion where that oath is not being followed.

The term "global warming" was first used by scientists in the mid 1970’s and quickly abandoned by them as being a poor choice of words. It was too narrow to correctly communicate all the changes occurring.

If you put your feet in the refrigerator and your head in a pot of boiling water on the stove, the average temperatu…

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 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 years. Murders, burglary and car theft  dropped by more than half between 1980 and 2009.  Even rape went down 22%[i].    This reduction is  good news. 

The bad news is that the "solved" rate is also falling. What the cops call the "clearance rate" (arrest has been made, case has been turned over for prosecution, or bad guy is dead) has dropped from around 90 percent in the 1960's to below 65% in recent yea…

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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 a society, and old ones fall out of use.

One of those new words is "sustainable". What the heck does it mean? And how does it apply to your life, and the life of your family? Is it just advertising hype?

The word means that you can keep on doing something forever. Unsustainable means you cannot.

There is economic sustainability - on a personal level, your household or local economy cannot spend more than it brings in. You cann…

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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 1940 to 3.5 million in 1950.

As little brothers and sisters were born, annual births hit 4 million in 1954, and stayed above 4 million until 1965 when births finally dropped back to 3.7 million. Thus were created the "Boomers".

Fast forward to today. As they approach their midsixties, those born in the 1950's are now stepping away from full-time paid employment, presenting a major opportunity.

The Boomers age group is very unlik…

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Local Investors Can Lower Taxpayer Costs While Creating Jobs

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

One of the largest contributors to making a community poor is to spend big dollars on energy created elsewhere. A dollar spent on coal or oil or natural gas leaves the neighborhood forever, and therefore cannot pay for local labor or local services – an exported dollar that hurts everyone. 

A strategy that some communities have used to reduce the outflow of money used to purchase energy is to invite private investors to invest in public buildings in exchange for a share of the energy savings achieved.

One example of private money investing in not-for-profit buildings can be found at Wellesley College located outside Boston in Wellesley, MA. Th…

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