Government regulations are not the problem. The challenge facing the capitalistic system is the manipulation of the system by the ‘few’ along with corporations spending huge sums of money influencing the decision of the many to endorse the greed of the manipulators.
After getting a taste of ripe grapes in my vineyard last fall, resident deer have decided to stick around until the next crop. As appetizers while they await their main course, they've discovered young grape leaves and vine shoots are much more delicious than leaves from the surrounding pear orchard, judging by clear evidence of their grazing.
Two really nice things happened in my junior English class last week. We were finishing up The Great Gatsby. The kids were pretty excited about it – they’d done some work in their history class about the era; many of the students, mostly girls, had seen the latest movie, the book was short; the prose not too challenging. Most of the students actually read the book and didn’t rely on Spark Notes or other internet sources for their information. So the class discussion was lively and good.