Published Articles

 

These are some of the columns Bruce has published in the Northeastern Suburban Life, Northeastern Community Press and Eastern Hills Press. They reflect his interests and passions as well as a new and informative perspective on local and national issues.

Bruce has a regular contribution to the Northeastern Suburban Life's Blog. You can access his blog/column here.

 

Courage needed to change healthcare system

The Indian Hill Journal, October 6, 2011

What if we owned an insurance company? That concept is not new, mutual companies having been around for years. They are good ideas in some cases: Factory Mutual for example, does a terrific job of insuring large manufacturing concerns and certifying products such as sprinklers. More...

Only path to change is through voting

Indian Hill Journal, September 15, 2011

Is it 2012 yet? We are already being bombarded with campaign sound bites and the slowing of government to a less than glacial pace as the election “nears”. I, like so many fellow Americans, am extremely disappointed in our elected officials in Washington. More...

Commercials Cause High Cost of Health Care in America

The Indian Hill Journal, September 2011

Please tell me I am not the only person in America who objects to primetime pharmaceutical advertising? It seems every night as I watch the news before dinner I am bombarded by ads that tout cures for diarrhea, constipation, erectile dysfunction, hemorrhoids  and  athletes foot, to name a few. More...

Consider the facts about Legal Immigration before deciding

Indian Hill Journal, August 11, 2011

You may have seen the ads on TV that whine about legal immigration to the US. As a legal immigrant, I view them as a troubling throwback to unhappier times here in Cincinnati, when Germans rioted against the Irish or Protestants and Catholics were at each other’s throats. More...

Alzheimer's Reduces Loved ones to mere shadows

Indian Hill Journal, July 20, 2011

As I write this I am some 38,000 feet over the Atlantic reflecting on the importance of memory. My mother and I have just placed my Father in a nursing home in England, because his Alzheimer’s was too much for her to cope with at home. More...

Time for America to Re-think its Role

Indian Hill Journal, April 14th, 2011

In our new and fast-paced world, instant gratification, and its dark half, instant forgetting, makes our nation’s world view both jaded and flawed. Take our recent incursion in Libya and the recent forays to Iraq and Afghanistan. More...

Don't Blame Teachers for Being Good Negotiators.

The Northeast Suburban Life, April 6, 2011

Mr. Glenn Welch has again assumed a role no-one gave him, “the watch dog of our community education”. I will gamely take on the role of bear-baiter. More...

 

IF IGNORANCE IS BLISS, THEN GUEST COLUMN WAS ALMOST HEAVENLY.

Northeast Suburban Life, September 22, 2010

A couple of weeks ago, a reader submitted a column which among other things, compared the rise of President Obama to that of Hitler, and contained so much other absurdity that it warrants a formal rebuttal. More...

WORKING HARD TO ADJUST TO NEW LIFE OF RETIREMENT.
Northeast Suburban Life, September 22, 2010

Dear Friend, I hope that by the time this reaches you, the dust has settled from your decision to retire. I wanted to share some insights from when I left the corporate world, which I hope will help you in your process of adjusting to your new life. Yes. There is life after your career. More...

WINNING HEARTS AND MINDS IN THE INFORMATION AGE.
Northeast Suburban Life, July 7th., 2010

In a world where communications are instantly global and cheap, reaching more and more people, we have reached a point in our short history on this planet where we can communicate with more individual people than ever before.
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WHERE WOULD AMERICA BE WITHOUT IMMIGRANTS?
Published at the Community Press on May 19th, 2010 and at the Northeast Suburban Life on June 2nd, 2010.

Forget about what you think you know about immigration.

You don't even know who the immigrants to this country are. More ...

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THE LIFE OF THE NON-PARTY.
Published at the Northeast Suburban Press on May 5th, 2010

Ever since I became an American Citizen in 2008, I have grappled with the question: where do I fit politically? Am I a Democrat or a Republican? More...

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NECESSITY IS FATHER OF FAITH.
Published at the Northeaster Community Press on March 27, 2010

I don’t really know why I am writing this column other than I feel like perhaps someone out there may want to hear this story, or may be on the brink of a similar decision. More...

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ALL'S WELL IN BLUE ASH EXCEPT WHEN IT ISN'T.
Published at the Northeastern Community Press on February 10, 2010.

It’s a snowy day in Blue Ash and I am delighted with the snow removal. That said, I have time on my hands, so I read the article on this site by Mr. Pfeffer, our City Treasurer. I want to thank him for what was a somewhat general, but forthright comment on the state of the Blue Ash budget. More...

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TIME TO CORNER MARKET ON FREE SPEECH.
Published at the Eastern Hills Press on January 27, 2010.

Over the holidays, I was fortunate enough to be able to accompany my family to London, which is one of my favorite cities in the world. There is one little ritual which I always enjoy when I am there, which is a visit to Speakers Corner in Hyde Park. More...

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SICK PENGUIN HARBINGER OF A HEALTHY FUTURE FOR THE REST OF US.
Published at the Northeast Suburban Life on January 6, 2010.

A new year is upon us and it is probably safe to say that not many of us are sad to see 2009 draw to a close. We are a nation at war that has serious economic woes, and are facing some critical issues, including healthcare. More...

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TIME TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT BLUE ASH CHALLENGES.
Published at the Northeast Suburban Life on November 11, 2009.

As the election of November 3rd looms near, it is time to begin to look at some of the issues that will face the new council, many of which have been brought on by the current council, wit its very limited citizen input and their view of what Blue Ash should be. More...

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DEALING WITH OUR "TERMINAL LOSS" OF MEMORY.
Published at the Northeast Suburban Life on November 4, 2009.

Talking to a friend of mine today, he commented on how we are becoming a “Delete Society”. More...

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RESIDENTS WANT A VOICE IN COUNCIL.
Published at the Northeast Suburban Life on October 14, 2009.

This weekend, I went out of town and meditated on the words of Mark Weber and Rick Bryan as well as Mr. Sirkin, who all published columns in the media, encouraging us to vote for the incumbents on the Blue Ash Council, rather than fresh blood. More...

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DEFENDING "CLUELESS HUSBANDS".
Published at the Northeast Suburban Life on August 26, 2009.

Is it just me, or has there been a sudden surge in advertising that portrays men, particularly young husbands, to be ignorant, gullible yahoos that are easily guided through life by cunning spouses who manipulate them like puppets? More...

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WHY GUANTANAMO MATTERS.
Published at the Northeast Suburban Life on June 17, 2009.

There has been some criticism of Mr. Obama’s decision to close the Guantanamo Bay “Detention Center” (let’s call it like it is: prison). Many Americans are bewildered by the international attention that Guantanamo receives. More ...

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HEALTHCARE - THE BIGGEST INJUSTICE OF ALL.
Published at the Northeast Suburban Life on May 6, 2009.

Much has been said recently about Healthcare in our nation over the last 4 months, and it is right that this issue should be front and center of not only our minds, but of our consciences as well. More ...

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OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA.
Published at the Northeast Suburban Life on January 21, 2009.

Dear President Obama,

On December 2nd, 2008 I had the honor to become a US Citizen. I had been waiting since 1983, when, as a junior in college in Upstate New York, I decided that I loved this country more than my own. More...

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PRIVACY & SAFETY.
Published at the Northeast Suburban Life on April 2, 2008.

I read with some interest Mr. Edward Levy’s excellent article entitled “You Safety or my Privacy”, in the NE Suburban Life last week. Having lived under a military dictatorship in Brazil as a teenager, I wanted to add my perspective on his opinion. More...

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TEACHERS PAY.
Published at the Northeast Suburban Life on December 31, 2008.

I have always believed that there are three public professional categories to which the taxpayer can never begrudge a decent salary, nor decent consideration to pay increases. These are our firefighters, police and teachers. More...

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VIEW HISTORY THROUGH A LENS OF FACTS.
Published at the Northeast Suburban Life on October 15, 2008.

Here goes the “mean guy” taking issue with other columnists and readers. However, it is still a free country. Like you, sometimes I get, um, upset at what others have written. Take Mr. Levy’s “Dangerous Winds” column from last week. Much of what he says appeals to the common sense in all of us, but those darned facts get in the way of the message. More...

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IMMIGRATION
Published at the Northeast Suburban Life on February 28, 2007.

Last week, this paper published a letter from an area resident who reminded us to "stay vigilant" for illegal immigrants at Homerama. An area sheriff has taken it upon himself to battle illegal immigrants (which no doubt left the drug dealers, thieves and other criminals in his area delighted that his attention will be diverted to more "important" illegal activity). More...

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BEAN COUNTERS GONE WILD.
Published at the Northeast Suburban Life on February 27, 2008.

Ah, bean counters. Where would we be without people to show us numbers and figures and show us that if 1+2=3 then 2+3= 4, right? A few weeks ago, I was treated on these pages to an enlightened letter from a reader who claimed to be involved with some kind of fiscal watchdog group. More...

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MORE ON BEAN COUNTERS GONE WILD.

read with wonder the letter published last week under the title “Teachers Pay Too High”. It seems the author, Mr. Welch, argues that Sycamore teachers are, in fact, the beneficiaries of fabulous wages leading to unparalleled wealth and leisure. Aha! More...

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CREDIT IS NO ACCIDENT.
Published at the Northeast Suburban Life on March 28, 2007.

You know, sometimes not being from here can be confusing. When I was growing up, my parents frequently hammered home the idea that we are all responsible for our actions. They argued that you don't spend money you don't have. They repeated, countless times, how important it was to pay your bills on time. I took all this to heart and used it in my daily life. Then I came to America.
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