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Mouth of the Gun

On 10-1-17 a killer shot dead 58 people in a Las Vegas concert venue and injured 500. An ammo dealer sold the killer hundreds of incendiary tracer rounds which he didn’t use in the spree. The dealer’s lawyer says the … Continue reading

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Boot Edge Edge

… He acknowledged that his success may have irked those who have seen years of presidential campaign planning tossed aside by his rise. “I’m not going to comment,” he said, “on the emotions of my competitors.” (Reid J. Epstein and … Continue reading

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Precise, Forceful, Formal, Direct, Powerful

A letter to the NYTimes is signed by Roxana Robinson, former president of the Authors Guild, and 32 other writers. It exhorts The Times to “use precise and forceful language that reveals the struggle in which we now find ourselves.” … Continue reading

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Tofu vs. Jerky

Cheryl Thompson has a salutary take on bromides about the “strength of diversity” that are jawboned from various bully pulpits. Diversity is also tough, challenging and sometimes outright frustrating because it requires listening, being open to what you don’t know, … Continue reading

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Clearing Up His Confusion

The following are LeBron James’s words. They show why some professional athletes may not be the best role models for young people. “I believe [Daryl Morey] wasn’t educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke. So many people could … Continue reading

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Doubts Allowed

As a bicycle enthusiast I relish Father John’s simile. At Great St. Bernard Pass, the high point of the Via Francigena, at 8,114 feet, I was fascinated by a priest of 40 years who still struggled with his faith. “Doubts … Continue reading

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No Speculation, Please

The mayor of Dallas has urged people to avoid speculation after a key witness in the murder trial of the police officer Amber Guyger was shot dead, days after the officer’s conviction and sentencing. “Amber Guyger case: mayor says to … Continue reading

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