Ambidextrous Thoughts

This site is intended to offer research and commentary on current events covering a wide scope of topics. Over and over again, I see social media offering quick access to the latest news or trend, but often with very little thought or fact-checking put into it, which lends itself to misleading half-truths. The intent here is not to take a political side, but to discuss the differences expressed by many who use social media as their source of news and information. My aim is to look at both extremes of a topic, and try to find a way to come together. I welcome input and suggestions on subjects that you’d like to know more about. Some conversations may have a political theme, but I hope to discuss issues that affect our everyday life, whether it be what kind of education our children are really getting, why are medication prices spiraling out of control, are unions a help or a hindrance to our workers today, or what “entitlement” really means. Bookmark this spot and see how we do as we try to make a fair place to open discussions on the subjects that interest you most. By – JRBecker

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SOCIAL SECURITY – ENTITLEMENT or PONZI SCHEME?

Posted by on 30th September 2016 in Entitlement | 2 comments

SOCIAL SECURITY – ENTITLEMENT or PONZI SCHEME?

CONVERSATION: Today, entitlement is almost a dirty word. It is still used to mean a right, as in, “you’re certainly entitled to your own opinion.” But it has also come to be used as a label for assistance programs provided by, or administered by the government. Part of this is caused by our own language. We have many words in English that have more than one meaning, and some meanings are actually contradictory. One term for words used in a new or different way is semantic change, referring to a word definition that has changed over time....

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ENTITLEMENT – What Is It?

Posted by on 13th September 2016 in Entitlement | 4 comments

ENTITLEMENT – What Is It?

Full Definition of ENTITLEMENT – Merriam-Webster Dictionary 1.a. The state or condition of being entitled 1.b. A right, especially by law or contract 2. A government program providing benefits to members of a specified group; also funds supporting or distributed by such a program 3. Belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges So let’s look at these different meanings. 1a. The state or condition of being entitled: Some simple entitlements might be the right to choose what we wear, or what we want to order from a menu. We...

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COMPROMISE

Posted by on 12th August 2016 in Compromise | 2 comments

COMPROMISE

COMPROMISE – A BUILDING BLOCK Sympathy, empathy or compassion; any of these can be useful tools when working on compromise. The definition of compromise, as stated in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: 1a. Settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions. 1b. Something intermediate between or blending qualities of two different things. 2. A concession to something derogatory or prejudicial, as in: “He has compromised his principles by holding back pertinent information to protect his friend.” For the purposes...

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Gun Rights and Regulations – Statistics

Posted by on 12th July 2016 in Gun Rights & Regulations | 0 comments

Gun Rights and Regulations – Statistics

  A reader of my first post, Can we toughen gun regulations without threatening the 2nd Amendment rights of United States Citizens-, commented that it would be helpful to see more data relating to how gun-related violence has either increased with the population, or decreased over the past several years. That seemed like a pertinent question, and so I’ve done some research and come up with some numbers and charts that I found interesting – and also unexpected in many cases. First, and perhaps most unexpectedly, it appears that...

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CAN WE TOUGHEN GUN REGULATIONS…

Posted by on 15th June 2016 in Gun Rights & Regulations | 3 comments

CAN WE TOUGHEN GUN REGULATIONS…

CAN WE toughen gun regulations without threatening the 2nd Amendment rights of United States Citizens? This article is dedicated to the 49 people who lost their lives to gun violence in Orlando, Florida in the early morning hours of June 12, 2016, and to those who survived, but have received physical, mental and emotional scars, and to the families and friends of all these people. For the sake of this article, the word “weapon” refers only to hand guns, shot guns and rifles, although weapons in general refers to a large range of items, such...

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