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When Should You Use An Exclamation Point? Almost Never!!!!

April 1, 2013

“An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Remove the exclamation point from the keypad, and the volume of e-mail and text will drop by half, as fingertips around the world are struck dumb.

Exclamation points today are so ubiquitous, we hardly notice them.  They’re everywhere, like pickets on the fence of prose.

What’s An APR Worth? Not Much.

April 2, 2013

Accountants have their CPA designation.  Lawyers have their JD.  What do public relations practitioners have?

If you were to ask that question to just about anyone outside of the public relations profession, you’d get silence for an answer.  Really, does anyone who is not in the profession know what an APR is?  And does anyone really care?

The Superhighway to Serfdom: Part 1

April 3, 2013

What may be the most important book for understanding today’s economy was written in 1944.

Having witnessed the rise of Nazism firsthand, F.A. Hayek, recognized that socialism inevitably leads to fascism.  He wrote The Road to Serfdom as a warning to the United States and the United Kingdom, which were becoming increasingly socialistic.

Common Sense Needed To Avoid Common Mistakes

April 4, 2013

When it comes to marketing, common sense isn’t all that common. The same easily avoided mistakes seem to be made repeatedly.

The offenders come from many different industries, from companies large and small, and from throughout the world. Many of the following mistakes are even made by communications professionals (excluding the author, of course).

Common Sense Needed – Part 2

April 5, 2013

In yesterday’s post, we noted that there were too many common mistakes to include them all in a single blog post.  So here’s part 2, focussing on publicity and advertising.

Common Sense Needed – Part 3

April 8, 2013

Common sense may be the most important trait in developing a marketing strategy, but it is sometimes missing in the decision-making process.  Our third and final post lists some of the common mistakes we frequently encounter:

Iron Lady vs. Paper Tiger

April 9, 2013

Margaret Thatcher ruled Britain at a time when leaders led.  Her passing serves as a reminder of the difference between a leader and a politician.

When Margaret Thatcher came to power, she inherited a Britain practically destroyed by socialism, having just been through its “winter of discontent.”

Unsequestration: What’s In the Obama Budget Proposal

April 12, 2013

Depending on who you talk to, America’s unfunded liabilities for Social Security, Medicare and pensions of government employees add up to $86.8 trillion, $100 trillion or even $120 trillion.

But whatever number you use, the $120 billion trim to Social Security proposed by President Obama this week in his $3.77 trillion FY 2014 budget is “like trying to stop a runaway train with a fly swatter.”  The funds would be saved using “chained CPI,” which is just a different way of computing cost of living adjustments.

Put the Patriots Back Into Patriots’ Day

April 15, 2013

Here in Massachusetts, runners are lining up today for the world’s most famous marathon and government workers are taking a day off.

It’s Patriots’ Day (more commonly known as Patriot’s Day), a holiday observed only in Massachusetts and Maine.

Taxation without Representation

April 16, 2012

How ironic that yesterday was the tax filing deadline for most of American and Patriots Day in Massachusetts and Maine.

The patriots fought for “no taxation without representation,” but 238 years after the battles of Concord and Lexington, that’s what we have.