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Trying to Stem an “Epidemic of Lying”

Staying ignorant of the truth is literally a no-brainer. We live in an epidemic of lying. Research shows that about 60 percent of adults lie at least once in a ten-minute conversation. About 40 percent lie on their resumes, and 90 percent lie on their online dating profiles. — Dr. Amit Sood, Director of Research, Mayo Clinic’s Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program I’ve been thinking a lot lately about why people lie, and why some seem incapable [...]

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Are Conservatives and Liberals Really So Far Apart?

Far right and far left? Just far apart. Why do conservative Republicans see themselves as common-sense candidates, depicting those with so-called liberal views as “the radical left?” Why do liberal Democrats see themselves as more sensitive and caring, dismissing those with more conservative agendas as “the radical right?” The truth is that a conservative Republican is no further to the right than a liberal Democrat is to the left. The typical liberal Democrat and conservative Republican in [...]

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We’re All on This Bumpy Ride Together

Let me be the last to wish you a happy new year. If I’m the first, then you don’t get around much. I’ve never had this many reservations about a new year. As a former local resident, Bette Davis, is credited as saying in one of her movie roles: “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.” I find myself avoiding the news as we edge our way into 2017, seeking solace in sports, history or even [...]

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By |2017-01-18T16:46:45+00:00January 18, 2017|Politics|

Fact-Checking More Important Than Ever to Voters

I didn’t get out much the last half of February and much of March so, as I recovered from my surgery. I watched a lot of television, read a lot of news and opinions. Much of it was fueled by people campaigning for president, and its tough to sort through the bombardment so many self-serving lies and exaggerations. It’s as if politics itself has become reality television, which means it isn’t real at all. Two of Donald Trump’s adult [...]

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By |2016-06-08T15:14:44+00:00June 8, 2016|Discrimination, Elections, Fact Checking, Fairness, Politics|

Spending Billions to Be an Underpaid Executive

There is just too much money involved in American politics. The idea that anyone can grow up to be President has been abandoned by all but the most naïve. The most successful politicians aren’t known for their negotiating skills, oratory or leadership credentials. They know how to raise money, and I’m talking about millions and millions of dollars. Office holders, on the national level at least, spend more to campaign for office and, once elected, to keep the treasure [...]

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By |2016-06-08T14:55:50+00:00June 8, 2016|Campaign Spending, Politics, Presidency|

Feasting on Fake News and Loving It

I know a little something about fake news. I manufactured a news article years ago in an April 1st issue of another newspaper and stirred up a storm of controversy. Anyone who read beyond the headline and the introductory paragraphs would recognize that it was not on the up and up. That’s on the up and up, as in factual and legitimate, and the article had become so outrageous by the final sentence, concluding, of course, with “April Fool!” [...]

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The Pros and Cons of Going to Extremes

Barry Goldwater, five-term senator and Republican Presidential nominee in 1964, isn’t remembered for much — even by members of his own party. He lost, and the youngest of the people who voted in that election are in their seventies now. When candidates from that party want to quote a President other than Lincoln, it’s usually Ronald Reagan, but Goldwater did say the following: “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let [...]

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By |2015-10-13T19:51:36+00:00October 13, 2015|Extremes, Politics, Religion, Social Issues, Terrorism|
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