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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The hypocrisy of terrorism needs accountability

Feb 09

Guest column: The hypocrisy of terrorism needs accountability Published in the Florida Times Union, Feb 7, 2021. by Parvez Ahmed When terrorists claiming to act in the name of my faith attacked the homeland on Sept. 11, 2001, Muslims in America were not only targeted for surveillance, they were also repeatedly asked to condemn terrorism even when the only thing they...

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A Convergence of Crises

Aug 18

Trump faces three historic crises at once Published in the Florida Times Union, Aug 9, 2020. by Parvez Ahmed To mitigate the health and economic impact of COVID-19, besides a national testing and contact tracing program, President Donald Trump had to do three things: mandate masks nationwide, institute a near nationwide extended lockdown and provide stimulus money to...

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Rising to meet the moment

Jul 27

An abbreviated version of this appeared as the lead letter in the Florida Times Union, Jun 12, 2020 After acts of racist violence, from the gunning down of worshipers at a Black church by a White Supremacist to the murder of a helpless Black man by police, there have been protests, vigils and marches. And yet no meaningful change came about. But this time could be...

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