Notes on Contributors

Notes on Contributors

Charles Bayer has been a pastor and theological professor in the United States and Australia. He and Wendy live at Pilgrim Place Claremont, CA.  He currently serves on two not-for-profit boards, writes a weekly widely circulated political column, and is a watercolor artist. He is also a former member of a Claremont City committee dealing with hate crimes and hate incidents.

Tad Beckman is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Harvey Mudd College.  With a background in both chemistry and philosophy and a developed involvement in Native American studies, he has recently published five books as Kindle eBooks. He maintains a blog at concerning current politics and political philosophy.

Bob Gerecke retired from Los Angeles County service as Principal Welfare Fiscal Analyst. His last assignment had been as staff for 5 years to the Citizens' Economy and Efficiency Commission. Having been an active investor since the 1960's, after retirement he worked for 6 years in the financial industry as a stockbroker with an insurance license. He continues to monitor economic and investment issues, and they are the primary focus of his writing, although he occasionally strays into other topics, especially when the issue reflects a battle between "All for one, and one for all" vs. "Every man for himself". He was a political activist in the 1960's and has resumed his activism since his second retirement, including being a founding member of the Institute's Board.

John Grula has a PhD in biology and has very wide interests. For the last 15 years he has been Astronomy Librarian at the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena. He writes a regular column for the Pasadena Weekly on matters at the intersection of science and public policy. He is affiliated with the Southern California Federation of Scientists.

Merrill Ring is a retired Professor of Philosophy from California State University Fullerton. He is a founding member of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy and remains on the board.   He is the editor of Progressive Democracy and writes constantly on philosophical and political topics.

Clarke Rubel teaches English at Alta Loma High School in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.  He is a U.S. Army veteran, a graduate of Pitzer College and Chapman University.  Prior to becoming a teacher he was a master mechanic for Honda and BMW for many years.

Paul Wermer is a chemist who worked for many years in the semiconductor industry, who would prefer not to have to use securely encrypted e-mails with family and friends.  Having managed quality improvement programs with suppliers to the industry, he has experienced the misleading doublespeak perfected by marketing PR, and is troubled to see the same patterns in our elected officials’ statements.  Paul is now active in green building activities.

Andy Winnick is President of TAIPD. He is professionally a political economist, teaching at California State University Los Angeles. He has taught or lectured at more that 20 universities in the U.S. and Europe, served on the research staffs of the President's Council of Economic Advisers and of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank.