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New Rules on Calorie-Labeling on Menus

Consumers are at an advantage when they are informed about what they are eating. Knowing their calories intake would enable them to monitor their diet. Calories reveal the amount of energy found in the food. This could allow consumers to… Continue Reading →

NIST-StratML: Common Ground

By R. Russell Ruggiero   Introduction In our world today it seems like manmade (e.g., terrorist attacks, oil spills, etc.) and natural (e.g., earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, etc.) driven events are becoming even more common place. As a resident of Manhattan… Continue Reading →

Landfill: The Tale of City by the Bay

We as humans tend to think we can fool Mother Nature, but really the joke is on us because what Mother Nature wants to do, she will do. I happened to be in Houston, Texas during the month of April,… Continue Reading →

A Glance at College Affordability

by Dustin Broussard Education is a salient issue for all facets of government. In 2013, President Obama outlined a plan on college affordability in three distinct sections. The first involves coupling funding to the performance of public universities, challenging states… Continue Reading →

Preventing School Shootings: the Use of Threat Assessment in Schools

School Shooting in the US: How Far Have We Come? School shootings in the United States are a statistically rare, albeit devastating, occurrence. There have been many efforts to address school shootings ranging from the Safe School Initiative to spending… Continue Reading →

Taylor Alesana, Conversion Therapy, and the Treatment of Transgender Youth

Taylor Alesana, a 16 year-old from California tragically took her own life on April 2, 2015 after being bullied for being transgender. Taylor became popular on her YouTube channel for her makeup tutorials and her candid advice to other transgender… Continue Reading →

Unaccompanied Alien Children and the Lack of Legal Representation

The problem of unaccompanied alien children coming to the U.S. is a massive, complex, and urgent one. In 2014, roughly 60,000 to 90,000 unaccompanied children crossed the southern border of the United States.  That number is up from approximately 21,000 in 2013… Continue Reading →

Every Child Learns Differently: The Need for Gifted Education Policy

It’s no secret that the education system in the United States has lagged in recent decades compared to other countries around the world. Part of the failure of the system is the lack of specialized programs and the overwhelming approach… Continue Reading →

Lies, Damned Lies and Food Safety

By Dan Strongin A handful of epidemiologists applied probability theory to a hodgepodge of data to come up with a number of cases of food-borne illness annually in the United States. The number they come up with is over 9… Continue Reading →

IT Deployments in Heterogeneous Environments

By Russell Ruggiero Being involved in public and private technology deployments that ranged from concepts to large-scale efforts (10,000+ seats) has been quite the eye opener over the past fifteen years. In the process I have worked with open-standards organizations… Continue Reading →

Energy Policy: An Overview and Examination of Energy Alternatives

The inability of the United States to adopt an appropriate energy policy is quite understandable. The truth is hat there are few issues and few aspects of American society that are not affected by our national energy policy. From the… Continue Reading →

Genderless Marriage Policy

This study is primarily a literature review of one of the most heated debates in American social and legal spheres. Individuals are often very passionate about weather same-sex couples should be allowed the right wed. This report analyzes writings and… Continue Reading →

Racial Discrimination in Massachusetts Police Departments

This paper examines the ethics behind the serious of racially charged actions in Massachusetts Police Departments following the questionable arrest of African American Harvard Professor, Henry Gates. Issues of race are often dismissed as a part of the past, but… Continue Reading →

Ethics in the Courtroom: A Time to Kill

The issue of ethics is always an important one in the public sector, especially in the field of criminal justice. As public servants it is important to make ethical decisions in the workplace. Although this study follows the actions of… Continue Reading →

Teenage Auto Accident Rates

By Matthew Harang The study takes an in-depth look at teenage car accident rates, considering the elevated levels when compared to adults. The report analyzes what actions could and should be taken from a public policy standpoint. (Photo credit:Lew Holzman/Flickr)

Cruel and Unusual: Capital Punishment

The death penalty, historically, has been a major subject of debate in United States. Some argue that it is unconstitutional, while others argue it is unethical. However, over the past several years, capital punishment has not received much political opposition…. Continue Reading →

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