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The housing affordability crisis: can it be solved?

What is affordable housing? In the United States, anyone who spends more than 30 percent of their income on housing is considered “cost burdened,” and has difficultly paying for other of life’s necessities such as food, clothing, transportation and health care. It is surprising how many people fall into this category. The median income in … Continue reading »

A bridge from Brexit

A few days ago, we woke up to a new world. Britain had voted to leave the European Union. Some were pleased, many were deeply concerned. What is likely is that many will be affected. Some wonder if the EU will survive. It will take months if not years to fully understand the ramifications. Here … Continue reading »

Where does the Brexit vote leave us?

Britain has held a referendum to decide whether or not to stay in the European Union (EU). Leave won by 52 percent to 48 percent. Too many commentators are suggesting the matter is settled. Far from it. People will say there will be overwhelming moral and political pressure to respect the will of the voters. … Continue reading »

Which road for Britain?

The woman on the TV was explaining why she had voted for Britain to leave the European Union: “My parents fought the Second World War for our freedom.” Alas, my own parents died when I was younger, so I can’t ask them, but I suspect they would not share this view of the war. I … Continue reading »

Brexit: A cousin of Trumpism? A distant cousin of fascism?

June 24, 2016: I spoke to my friend in Britain this morning. Still absorbing the shock that her nation had voted itself out of Europe, she said, “Today I live in a different country.” I recognized the sentiment. It was widespread in this country, the USA, in the wake of 9-11. When people said, “Everything … Continue reading »