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Stephen L. Carter

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Loan sharks can play a useful economic role

Hear the term “loan shark” and what do you think of? Probably a desperate borrower going to Tony Soprano and, later on, having his...

Free coffee for data smart business

New Haven, Conn., where I work, is angrily abuzz over the opening of a new café that serves only those with a college ID....

Repeat of 1816 election?

We've been here before. A two-term incumbent, once unpopular but looking better and better to his critics as his time runs out, is about to...

Jump in the DeLorean, for a sunnier future

Wednesday is “Back to the Future” Day - Oct. 21, 2015, the date to which Marty McFly flew forward in the 1989 film “Back...

Hitchhiking can be dangerous, even for robots

So who killed hitchBOT? The friendly hitchhiking robot made it across Germany, the Netherlands and Canada with nary a scratch, its treks followed by...

Oregon mileage tax is a drag

Would you volunteer for Oregon's new experimental program to tax drivers by the mile as a substitute for the gasoline tax? I wouldn't. The state...

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