Conversations on the Bench by Internationally Acclaimed Mystery Author Digger Cartwright Awarded Bronze Medal by the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards Contest

Orlando, FL, Miami, FL, & Myrtle Beach, SC September 12, 2017—Thinking Outside the Boxe and the office of internationally acclaimed, award-winning mystery author Digger Cartwright are pleased to announce that Conversations on the Bench, a motivational book inspired by Thinking Outside the Boxe contributors, has been awarded a bronze medal in the fiction/inspirational category in the 2017 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards Contest. This is the third medal for Conversations on the Bench awarded by the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards; the book received a Bronze medal in the 2016 competition and a Silver medal in 2015. Continue reading

Will digital currencies eventually become the reserve currencies of the world, and why?

Owatonna, MN Correspondent-When you think about all the forms currency has taken in the world since humans began to trade goods and services with each other, it is certainly a possibility that some type of digital currency may become the reserve currency of the world. After all, currencies have taken the form of gold, silver, copper, salt, shells, even cigarettes (in prison and prisoner of war camps). Why not add electrons to that list? Continue reading

Would the federal government operate more efficiently if it were decentralized and portions of its operations moved to other parts of the country?

Gastonia, NC Correspondent-Pork barrel spending is one of the biggest problems the federal government has, with individual lawmakers making sure that projects funded by Uncle Sam get awarded to their districts to provide some government gravy for the folks back home. Can you imagine how many times over this problem would be multiplied if the workings of our government were to decentralize? We’d end up with the Department of the Navy in landlocked Iowa, and the Department of Agriculture in Alaska. That sounds ludicrous, but I could come up with examples of pork barrel projects that made far less sense. Continue reading

Will all workers eventually become freelancers or independent contractors? If so, will this put further downward pressure on incomes?

Prescott Valley, AZ Correspondent– It is difficult to say whether all workers will eventually become freelancers or independent contractors, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the numbers of self-employed individuals have increased by over a million since 2014 and by 2020, almost half of the American workforce will likely be independent workers whether through freelancing, contracting or temporary assignments, so self-employment will likely continue to see ongoing increases. Continue reading

Does the Declaration of Independence no longer have the significance that it once had?

Prescott Valley, AZ Correspondent– Most Americans today view Independence Day as another holiday with fireworks and barbequing in the backyard or local park, or waterskiing at the lake or perhaps participating in a hometown parade. The actual document or proclamation of the Declaration of Independence is not likely to be reading material in celebrations today, even though it is readily available online as well as in pamphlets, booklets and other sources. Continue reading

Is the recent shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise and others the result of the media’s impact on the shooter and others with the same mindset?

Prescott Valley, AZ Correspondent- If anyone is responsible for the recent shooting of Congressman Scalise and others on that Alexandria, Virginia ball field on Flag Day and Donald Trump’s birthday, it is not only the shooter, but most certainly the media and its influence over him. He definitely got his ideas from somewhere, and they were evident from his face book page where he described the president as a traitor, a destroyer of democracy and “It’s time to destroy Trump & Co.” postings. Continue reading

President Trump recently announced barring transgender individuals from serving in the United States military. Was that an appropriate action?

Gastonia, NC Correspondent– After spending a lot of his campaign proclaiming his friendship for the LGBTQ community and his disinterest in discrimination against its members, President Trump is now showing a disturbing tendency to pander to the far right wing of his base. He is making this move purely to generate support from the most fervent of his backers and to (yet again) draw attention away from the complete failure of the Republican Party to follow through on its repeated promises to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and away from the ever-widening investigations into his ties to Russia and the Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. Continue reading

Can we solve the health care crisis by focusing on preventive maintenance?

Gastonia, NC Correspondent– The thing that the Democrats, Republicans and everyone else trying to “solve” the health care crisis haven’t yet figured out, or at least don’t want to acknowledge, is that there is no one secret to solving the whole sorry mess. Fixing our health care debacle will require a complex plan with buy-in from both sides and some concessions by all involved. Those concessions are what will hang them in the end, as in the current political climate compromise has become anathema, and reaching across the aisle is seen as being akin to sleeping with the enemy. Continue reading