James Picht is the Senior Editor for Communities Politics and teaches economics and Russian at the Louisiana Scholars' College in Natchitoches, La. After earning his doctorate in economics, he spent several years working in Moscow and the new independent states of the former Soviet Union for the U.S. government, the Asian Development Bank, and as a private contractor. He returned to Ukraine recently to teach principles of constitutional law and criminal procedure at several Ukrainian law schools for a USAID legal development project. He has been writing at the Communities since 2009.
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Overpopulation is a serious issue, but errs on the side of factual, rather than political, correctness.
The argument in favor of such a thing is ironclad.
The ideology is dividing our country at a time when we should be united.
The pursuit of all that is joyous in travelling the globe is the essence of The Good Life, whether its Hawaii or the South of France.
Beaten down before, tyranny rises again, at home and abroad. America stands at the brink, as the world begins to burn. Awake to the dangers.
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Listening to the heartbeat of Louisiana, including events, food, family and culture.
Published 1:17 p.m. December 4, 2013
Minimum wage is a bad idea that hurts the most vulnerable workers, but Walmart's every-day low wages are still nothing to be pleased about.
Published 8:16 p.m. November 28, 2013
Poverty isn't all in your mind, but it starts there.
Published 12:43 a.m. September 15, 2013
The Norwegian parliament might want to consider giving Obama's medal to Putin.
Published 11:43 p.m. September 10, 2013
After September 11, 2001, Americans forgot who they were and what America represents. It's time to remember.
Published 11:04 a.m. September 4, 2013
Obama and Kerry insist that a military attack on Syria is the moral thing to do. Is it?
Published 12:43 a.m. September 3, 2013
If the summit is a staring contest between Obama and Putin, it's already over; Obama blinked.
Published 11:33 p.m. August 29, 2013
It takes a special kind of genius to make an impossibly bad situation worse. President Obama is a special kind of genius.
Published 11:32 p.m. August 24, 2013
Breed-specific legislation is a fear response, not a solution to a problem. It isn't so different from stop-and-frisk.
Published 10:15 p.m. July 28, 2013
About the only good news in Detroit these days is from Ford Motor Co., which reported profits and record sales in North America and Asia.
Published 1:45 p.m. July 17, 2013
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke today cheered markets with his clear intention to keep his stimulus policy going.
Published 4:29 p.m. July 17, 2013
We talk about race plenty in America - one long monologue after another on top of the other. Talk less, listen more.
Published 2:23 p.m. June 27, 2013
The Supreme Court's ruling on DOMA was narrow and conservative, but it was remarkably activist as well.
Published 11:51 p.m. June 15, 2013
The new Superman movie connects back to the first to Christopher Reeve Superman flicks, but breathes new life into the franchise.
Published 10:39 p.m. June 12, 2013
Intelligence leaders claim that the NSA hasn't abused its surveillance power. How do we know they're not lying? How does Obama know?
Published 8:18 p.m. May 25, 2013
Spice up your Memorial Day with a fiery lemon-jalapeno sorbet or jalapeno lemonade.