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Too sensitive for new ideas?

By Ralph R. Reiland
One way I can tell I’m getting old — aside from it taking more time to get my socks on in the morning — is that my ideas might seem to some to be outmoded or, as more flippantly described ...

‘Contained’ not the case in Paris

By Ralph R. Reiland
What were the opposite sides on that bloody Friday night in Paris? Writing in Esquire, Charles P. Pierce described that evening’s pure terrorism as a battle between the lethal backwardness of religious extremism and the ordinary enjoyments of a rational, ...

The pursuit of justice?

By Ralph R. Reiland
“Unfairly targeted” and “disproportionately punished” appear to be the final rallying cry of the Obama administration. As the administration’s vote-solidifying story line goes, cops are unduly targeting communities that are disproportionately populated by members of the nation’s most historically ...

The toll from distorting discipline

By Ralph R. Reiland
A key focus in economics is the concept of unintended consequences — the secondary impacts of laws, mandates, taxes and other public policies that are frequently different, and often the opposite, of what was envisioned by the authors and proponents ...

Pa.’s unflattering economic snapshot

By Ralph R. Reiland 9:00 p.m.
Compared to the rest of the country, Pennsylvania’s economy is a flop. The “Economic Snapshot: Pennsylvania” section of an October 2015 report by the U.S. Joint Economic Committee on employment, poverty and job growth, utilizing data from the Bureau of ...

Price & demand

By Ralph R. Reiland
A basic principle from Economics 101 is that the downward sloping demand curve — the graph showing an inverse relationship between the price of something and the amount people are willing and able to buy at that given price — ...

Setting the Reagan record straight

By Ralph R. Reiland
Readers’ emailed questions show there’s clearly a battle still going on about Reaganomics. One queried, “Didn’t Reagan give away tax cuts to the rich and decrease the economic conditions of people at the bottom?” Asked another, “Hasn’t Obamanomics delivered more ...

Pounding sand & property rights

By Ralph R. Reiland
“Our houses are still standing, but the new sand on the beach is gone,” said our next-door neighbor in Sea Isle on the phone a few days ago, calling in an eyewitness account of the impact of a nor’easter that ...


By Ralph R. Reiland
I’m getting an increased number of emails lately from readers with questions about economics — enough to do a dozen columns in reply. One office group discussing my “Obamanomics: Puffery vs, reality” column (Sept. 28 and asked if President ...

Obamanomics: Puffery vs. reality

By Ralph R. Reiland
A disconcerting combination of haughtiness and inaccuracy was on full display by President Obama during his farewell visit marking Jon Stewart’s departure from “The Daily Show.” “Here’s the thing I can say, Jon,” said Mr. Obama. “I can say this ...

Baldwin’s Class of ’59 weighs in

By Ralph R. Reiland
I stopped at Bruegger’s the other morning for a ham-and-egg sandwich on the way to my high school reunion. As with most days, the same group of retired guys was sitting in the front window, solving the world’s problems. I asked ...

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