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A breakdown on national TV

The science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon famously observed that "90 percent of everything is crap." His aphorism was intended to defend science fiction from the charge that most of it…

End the mistreatment of race horses

If you, as I, cannot get that horrific image of Eight Belles being put to death at Churchill Downs last weekend out of your head, you can take action to…

The mother of all regrets

Among the many "thou shall nots" of the Ten Commandments, the Almighty in his wisdom threw in a couple of positive ones to keep folks from becoming too depressed. It so…

Time for a cosmic perspective

Here's one way of looking at our solar system and our place in it: If the vast span of time between the two events that bookend the lifecycle of our…

A nation of hysterical cowards

Lenore Skenazy, a columnist for the New York Sun, caused quite a stir earlier this month when she wrote about letting her nine-year-old son take a subway and bus by…

Putting it into context…or not

I saw my old pal Context the other day. He seemed very low. He hasn't been the same since our mutual friend Irony died. "Hey, Connie," I said, "Why the long…

So, where are all the illegals?

A fence along our border with Mexico may seem like a solution to our illegal-immigration problem, but it's a sideshow, a distraction from the thorniest of immigration issues: the 12…

Best of times, worst of times

Articles in the May/June issue of the AARP Magazine, the April 24 issue of the Christian Science Monitor and the April 25 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education reminded…

Many states already in recession

The finances of many states have deteriorated so badly that they appear to be in a recession, regardless of whether that's true for the nation as a whole, a survey…

So much talk, so little depth

You have to feel sorry for the panelists at Howard University. The group, moderated by NBC News anchor Brian Williams, recently discussed the documentary, "Meeting David Wilson." …