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Commentary: Find the cure – ignore the symptoms

Commentary: Find the cure – ignore the symptoms

. By James E. Smith and Michelle Jamshidi We have become a society steeped in the habit of identifying the symptoms of a problem and then committing our personal and fiscal resources to managing those symptoms. Only rarely do we take the time to recognize and then eliminate the origin of those problems. We often […]

The changing world energy economy

The changing world energy economy

    By James E. Smith and Alex Hatch   In recent years, particularly in the United States, we have seen substantial a change in public opinion regarding the production and distribution of energy, as well as its associated costs in the marketplace.  A good deal of that opinion can be attributed to publicity behind […]

Science, engineering and leadership: Creating balance in a chaotic political and economic environment

Science, engineering and leadership: Creating balance in a chaotic political and economic environment

. By James E. Smith and Alex Hatch Many successful domestic and global companies and enterprises were started and driven by the visionary, problem-solving and leadership capabilities of technically trained founders and/or principals. Historically, those skills and entrepreneurial instincts came from advanced training and education, apprenticeship programs or even self-study. A large percentage of those […]

Guest Column: Financial security versus independence

Guest Column: Financial security versus independence

By James E. Smith and Alex Hatch The changing face of the United States should be viewed as an opportunity In 2015, the Bureau of Labor (BLS) Statistics released the results of a study dubbed the “National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979.”  This survey observed the employment habits of nearly ten thousand men and women of […]