Mining and jobs on the Iron Range

Hull-Rust-Mahoning Open Pit Iron Mine, Mesabi Range, 2010 By Chipcity - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,   What is the fate of mining in northeastern Minnesota? No one knows the answer but it’s clear that ferrous and non-ferrous mining won’t go away without fights. First, the StarTribune reported, The state signed off Thursday on … [Read more...]

Econ in English: Tax policy

Tonight is my second Econ in English session of the semester.  I spend 10-15 minutes putting an economic issue into context (e.g. tax policy, the role of the Federal Reserve) and then another 45-50 minutes answering audience questions on the topic.  I enjoy it and invite anyone (not just CSB|SJU community members) to join us. Here is one of the pictures I'll use tonight: If you want to … [Read more...]

Don’t think

I like to keep particular books near me when I’m working. I find their presence comforting even when I don’t open them for months at a time. As they often do, one of these books jumped out at me yesterday: Breakfast at the Victory: The Mysticism of Ordinary Experience, by James P. Carse.  In the opening essay, Carse tells the story of the Victory Luncheonette; the essence of the story is in … [Read more...]