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The Paradox of Music Technology

Most trained musicians (those who have devoted their life to or acquired mastery on a particular instrument, voice included) have a precarious relationship with music technology at best. They prefer to remain within the confines of the established musical canon. This creates a paradox in music because if musicians are not using music technology, than can it still be considered “music” technology?

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Why should we have Universal Healthcare?

One of the most controversial issues of today is universal healthcare. America remains the only industrialized nation that does not provide some form of comprehensive health care to its citizenry. Because of this, healthcare costs, both from the individual and company perspectives, are becoming a major influence on economic decisions

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The Morality of Housing Policy

The practice of regulating land use through zoning ordinances has been a part of American society since the early 20th century. Zoning and other planning practices are often viewed as cumbersome bureaucratic nonsense that needlessly regulates the height of our fences or the width of our houses. In reality, however, these regulations are the tools for the implementation of public policies that dictate the very make-up of our communities.

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The Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation in Rural America

Local city government is always where policy meets reality. And ironically, local city government is the place where the deficits of the public administration system are most glaring. One policy that has surfaced over the last decades is the use of historic preservation ordinances and policy to help alleviate the problems affecting economically depressed areas of urban and rural communities.

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The consequences of urban sprawl

Various initiatives and programs have been started from coast-to-coast in this country in an attempt to balance out the inequities caused by urban sprawl. At the heart of most of these policies is an attempt to forge a partnership not only between the citizens of a community and the local government, but also to form alliances between various groups of the communities. The formation of such groups also transcends political lines in attempt to break down the barriers that urban sprawl has built.

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