Just 108 years ago, the first transatlantic wireless transmission was received in Newfoundland, Canada by Guglielmo Marconi. Then, in 1962, there was the first transatlantic transmission of a television signal via satellite – the only way to transmit such a signal. Of course, we have come a long way in communications from those early days.
A few weeks ago, the nonprofit Tax Foundation issued its 2010 State Business Tax Climate Index. New York ranks next to last on the list of business-friendly states. Yes – next to last with only New Jersey ranking below our state! That story caused me to reflect on my business past.
Some 30 years ago, one of my business responsibilities was to decide on locations for new facilities. We looked at many things in making the decision. As this piece unfolds, I will reference some of the subjects we explored in making location decisions.
For years now, my wife and I have walked around three miles almost every day. Now, there are exceptions when it is raining or scheduling interferes. But, basically it is at least six times a week.
When we started, there was some understanding that the walks were positive for our health, and we would joke that a couple who walks together stays together. Little did I really know the full positive benefits until I started some research for this piece. The main sources came from an article by the Mayo Clinic Staff, the world-renowned health facility, and the AARP.
From June 11 through this week, I have given nine PowerPoint presentations across the Island dealing with the current health-care debate in Washington. Interestingly, the issues have changed so much that two or three slides have to be changed before each talk. While generally, the audiences have been civil in their approach to my remarks, I always start out by saying, “Thank God this is not a public town hall meeting.” That always provides a great deal of laughter.
Questions about techniques used by the CIA, after September 11, to interrogate terrorists linked to that horrific event have been in the news for some time. A few weeks ago, former Vice President Cheney was very critical of the Obama Administration for having the United Sates Attorney General, Eric Holder, appoint a special prosecutor to investigate harsh interrogation tactics employed by the Bush Administration after 9/11. This came after Obama, in effect, had said it was time to move on.
Until I ran into George Haber at a business breakfast a few weeks ago, I did not have a clue about the number of people taking online college level courses. Being curious, I decided to take a look at the area by doing some research on my computer.
First of all, most colleges and universities on Long Island offer such courses and even degrees. Call it distance learning.
Starting with my Army service in Korea and then my role in the Asia-Pacific area for Avon Products, I have been fascinated with that part of the world and, in particular, China. After an 18-day tour of China last year with my wife, I became even more intrigued. Friends recommended that I read two of Gavin Menzies books – 1421 and 1434.
While this piece will not be a book review, the books left me with a major question which I will get to after laying out some facts. First, how many people realize that Chinese vessels reached our world before Columbus!
In the past, some of you may remember my column entitled “A Day Trip on Long Island’s North Fork.” In it, I covered everything from corn mazes to horse country and from great places to dine to beautiful beaches. Today, it will be about a week’s vacation in the Greenport area.
We decided to take a full week at our condo in Greenport. Most of the time, our visits had only been for a weekend. The week could not have turned out better.
With North Korea, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan getting the attention of the media and foreign policy experts, there is not enough focus on our hemisphere. Let me explain what I mean.
First, the illegal aliens, even in our down economic times, continue to flow across our borders. Nothing had really been done by the Bush Administration and now there is no action by Obama.
Because of our poor economic climate over the last year and one half, the number of personal bankruptcies has skyrocketed to a projection for 2009 of more than 1 million. Some of the bankruptcies can be attributed to people losing jobs. But, that is not the whole story. The lack of credit card judgment by many young people has been a major factor. Shame on the credit card companies for going after high school students, and shame on the students and their parents for a lack of judgment.
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