Category Archives: Politics

Here is a DACA deal even Trump could like

Imagine being six years old and uprooted from the only place you’ve ever lived and taken north into a completely alien culture with people you don’t understand who speak with a different accent. Then, imagine being shuttled around from place … Continue reading

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Some “Red Light Districts” in Florida are no fun at all

I could have killed him but chose not to and it cost me. As with many Florida summer days, a brief shower had turned an oily six-lane road into a frictionless surface fit only for Physics 101 experiments. However, it … Continue reading

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one: A Russian meets an American at a bus stop …

They are a rugged people who conquered a rugged land. The territory was vast, ranging from forests to grasslands, from deserts to a mountain range that separated the country into East and West. The land did not yield its resources … Continue reading

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Why the Justice Department had no “business” interfering with the US Airways, American Airlines merger

The concept of anti-trust laws goes back to the trust-busting days of Teddy Roosevelt. That makes it, literally, a late 19th Century idea that has lost some of its relevancy in an early 21st Century global economy. When the industrial … Continue reading

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Working to live, not living to work, in the 21st Century

Any discussion of worklife needs to break this compound word into its component parts, work and life. Most people, if asked, would probably say that they work to live, not the reverse. There are people whose work is their life; … Continue reading

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Can the Government Define who is a Journalist?

“Most of the other provisions in the Bill of Rights protect specific liberties or specific rights of individuals … In contrast, the free-press clause extends protection to an institution. The publishing business is, in short, the only organized private business … Continue reading

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The Scoreboard from Syria: Putin 1, Obama 0

During the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, President John Kennedy received two different messages from the Soviet Union’s Premier Nikita Khrushchev.  JFK had been working to get the USSR’s missiles removed from Cuba and, in addition to a naval blockade … Continue reading

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Striking Out at Syria: This Week’s “Shiny Object”

If you’re trying to take a picture of toddlers or pets, you are constantly trying to keep their attention on you and the camera. One tried-and-true technique is to jingle your car keys near the camera lens so that the … Continue reading

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Put to the Test: Thinking Critically About College Testing

Does being a “university educated person” still mean what it did to previous generations? Our cultural expectation was that college graduates would be broadly conversant on many subjects, be able to engage in cocktail chatter with a variety of people, … Continue reading

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The Coptic Christians of Egypt

When I was teaching my last class at Florida State, it had over 125 students and I was assigned a doctoral student to assist with grading. I knew of her from workshops around campus and was glad for the help. … Continue reading

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