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Mazzuca: Don’t touch my Social Security!

January 5, 2020

Social Security has long been called the third rail of American politics because of the political danger it poses to politicians attempting to change or reform it. But change it must because Social Security will not deliver as promised to...


Mazzuca: Have a safe (snow) holiday

December 21, 2019

With great early season snow and more on the way (hopefully), I thought I would take a moment to address a topic that’s near and dear to my heart — the importance of mountain safety....


Mazzuca: ‘Tis the season

December 14, 2019

Recently I had an experience that truly saddened me. It occurred at my local pharmacy when a woman who I didn’t immediately recognize said hello to me. Trying to gloss over the fact that I couldn’t quite...


Mazzuca: The perfect gift

December 8, 2019

Attendant to the Christmas season comes the inevitable search for that perfect gift. Now I don’t know if there is actually such a thing as a perfect gift; nonetheless, many years ago I heard a story...


Mazzuca: California dreamin’

November 24, 2019

A new California law mandates that by the end of 2019, public companies with an executive base in California must have at least one woman on its board of directors. The law also mandates that by 2021, those numbers...


Mazzuca: Thank you for your service

November 9, 2019

Nearly 50 million men and women have served in our nation’s military since the founding 243 years ago. And Monday we honor those who have worn the uniform and have, as the expression goes, “… at...


Mazzuca: An interesting comparison

October 27, 2019

The NBA came under fire recently after responding to a tweet by a Houston Rockets official supporting the Hong Kong protesters. After its official statement saying it was regrettable the tweet “deeply offended many of our...


Mazzuca: The misleading statistics of economic inequality

October 13, 2019

Former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli once quipped; “There are three types of lies; lies, damned lies and statistics.”  And no one can manipulate statistical information better than the media that loves comparing “the rich”...


Mazzuca: The human element

September 29, 2019

Several years ago I attended a lecture given by perhaps the greatest theoretical physicist of our time, Stephen Hawking.  During the question and answer period, a member of the audience asked Dr. Hawking if he...


Mazzuca: Democratic socialism — the ultimate oxymoron

September 15, 2019

Whenever I hear the phrase, “democratic socialism,” I’m reminded of Woody Allen’s comment about restaurants in the Catskills: “The food isn’t very good, but at least the portions are small.” Democratic socialism is the ultimate...


Mazzuca: The best and the worst

August 31, 2019

Many years ago I made a comment at the dinner table about the telephone answering machine (remember those?) being the greatest invention since sliced bread. My daughter, who was probably 8 at the time responded,...


Mazzuca: The biggest lie of all

August 18, 2019

An honest media is absolutely essential to the health of the republic. An honest media informs the citizenry about public affairs and monitors the processes of government. The Founding Fathers understood when the press examines...



Mazzuca: The reparations charade

July 21, 2019

It’s the political season and not surprisingly the question of reparations for slavery has again reared its ugly head. Now before reading further allow me to make a carte blanche statement — reparations aren’t going to...


Mazzuca: A matter of priorities on illegal immigration

July 7, 2019

Writing for the CATO Institute, economist Daniel Mitchell says the reason our government wastes so many of our tax dollars is because government programs are magnets for fraud. Mitchell makes a valid point, but fraud...


Mazzuca: Is climate change science or religion?

June 23, 2019

Americans increasingly believe that climate change is real and that human activity is largely responsible. But even as new surveys confirm a growing awareness, the issue is still not a major taxpayer concern. I have my...


Mazzuca: Some political musings

June 9, 2019

For the most part, I don’t think our underlying political differences are as great as they appear; rather I suspect they’re more a consequence of where we get our information. If equality and fairness are...


Mazzuca: A day of remembrance

May 26, 2019

Memorial Day is not a holiday in the usual celebratory sense of the word. Rather, it is a commemoration of selfless sacrifice by many patriots and comrades-in-arms who remain “forever young” in the memory of those...


That’s English

May 12, 2019

So you think your command of the English language is pretty good, well test yourself and see how many of these common words you probably didn’t know you were pronouncing incorrectly. Acai – This is...


Mazzuca: The Electoral College debate

April 28, 2019

James Bovard once wrote, “Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner.” While that statement may appear droll, it’s precisely the reason the United States...