A glimmer of hope as democracies falter at home and abroad

Aug 19

Florida Times Union, Aug 13, 2021 Concerned about the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19’s Delta variant across our region, on Aug. 3, I joined a group of parents and doctors at a rally to demand that the Duval County Public School Board mandate masks in schools. This small exercise in democracy was instrumental in forcing the School Board to mandate masks, albeit...

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Poor leadership dooms India during pandemic

May 10

Poor leadership dooms India during pandemic Published in the Florida Times Union, May 9, 2021. by Parvez Ahmed About a year ago, I received the devastating news about my Mom’s terminal cancer. As she took her last breaths, I could not visit her in Kolkata, India. The first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic was underway. Global travel had come to a virtual standstill...

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Taxpayer subsidies for pro sports teams make little economic sense

Apr 15

Florida Times Union, Dec 12, 2020 Pro sports provide the ultimate test for meritocracy, but the owners of major league sports teams, particularly in the U.S., make money regardless of success on the field. Despite this reality, many of those owners shamelessly coerce taxpayers to subsidize their enterprise. Ironically, some of the biggest cheerleaders against...

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Social responsibility of businesses contrasts sedition of Republicans

Apr 15

Florida Times Union, Jan 17, 2021 With due apologies to Sound of Music, how do you solve a problem like sedition? How do you catch the perpetrators and pin them down? How do you decide if to aid it, ignore it, or squash it? The answer should be obvious. The business sector understands this. Unfortunately, too many Republicans do not. They want to skip the first step...

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The business case for democracy

Apr 15

Florida Times Union, April 11, 2021 On the heels of a record-setting election turnout and an election free of any substantive voter fraud, Republicans in Georgia enacted new legislation that can be best described as voter suppression. That the bill was premised on the big lie of a stolen election, makes its passage all the more insidious. Republicans did not like the...

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