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posticon Editorial - The Small Print

Opinions | Friday, January 17, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Why is it that the print on medicine bottles is so small?  Using medicine as it is intended is one of the most important things we do, because using it the wrong way or in the wrong does can make us sick or cause death.  Death is not a desirable outcome.  So why is that print so small?

Lawsuits have so spooked the medicine manufacturers that they have added more and more information about each drug.  But medicine bottles are small.  There is not enough room for that information unless the print becomes so small as to be unreadable.  The result is that the most important piece of information -- the instructions -- are obscured and often hard to find even if you can read them without a microscope.

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posticon Thoughts - Yes to Electric Cars But No to Solar?

Opinions | Friday, January 17, 2020 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts I've never seen much point in making New Year's resolutions. As a long time (and very observant) friend once said of me: "If he says he's going to do it, watch out, he's going to do it." Some of her other observations of my behavior were more pithy, no less observant, but I generally stick with "going to do it" as a rule throughout the year. One of those things at this point in the new month/year is to thin out the newspaper clipping clutter of my work desk. So, in the interest of resolving to simplify (not quite a la Thoreau, as he had little to 'de-clutter) here's a collection of random thoughts that need to see the light of day after languishing in that pile of clippings.

All the talk of transportation these days has centered around the electric car, the 'EV' and its growing popularity and ubiquity. Elon Musk is now producing Teslas in China at a pace to rival GM or Ford, and there are some incredible predictions for how many EVs will be on the world's roads by, say, 2030. I believe EVs are currently a very small minority of vehicles currently, but their numbers could reach upwards of 30% or more of registered vehicles in ten years. I am personally leery of this unfolding event for a couple of reasons. Here are a couple of those reasons, in ascending order of their relative importance.

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