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It’s OK to be fat

Doctors across the land probably sighed in despair when the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study came out, resigned to their patients saying, "So, the government says…

A driver’s license by any other name

The give-and-take at the Democratic presidential debate in Philadelphia last week finally looked as though the candidates might drill down to display their differences. The buildup was there. Barack Obama had…

So much for the Constitution

Sandy Levinson has fallen out of love. The University of Texas law professor describes the history of a relationship gone bad in his book, "Our Undemocratic Constitution." Levinson, like Americans in…

Writers on strike? Who cares?

Once, labor negotiations were seismic events in this country -- steel, coal, autos. The country held its breath when the companies and unions sat down to bargain. But recently, when…

The irony of immigration reform

I dropped by a friend's house the other day to do some sidewalk overseeing of the removal of two 70-foot oak trees, no small task. The company he had hired…

Anyone here feel a draft?

The chatter has begun again: Plans are afoot to revive the national military draft. In the past, these rumors have risen from the ranks of those opposed to the war in…

Too much of a bad thing

My freshman composition students often express contradictory attitudes about violence in our culture. On one hand, they're attracted to violence as the subject of essays for our course. In general, they…

Americans want change in direction

Sixty percent of all Americans strongly want the country to change direction after nearly seven years of President George W. Bush's rule, according to a new opinion poll released late…

U.S. may close Gitmo prison

The US government is considering closing a war-on-terror detention center at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and granting it detainees substantially greater rights, The New York Times…

A clear case of U.S. impotence

It's August 2009, oil prices have topped 150 dollars a barrel and a secret uranium plant has been detected in Iran. Tehran and Caracas are slashing oil exports by 700,000 barrels…