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Comparing 1861 and 2021

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An astonishing and eerie chain of events chillingly links the pre-Inauguration days of two presidents-elect: Abraham Lincoln in 1861 and Joe Biden this year. All Americans witnessed on national television the Jan. 6 violent...

Coalition seeks to create housing bank

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In 2005, one of our local papers ran a story: “The housing bank initiative has cleared its first major regional hurdle, now that all six towns have thrown their support behind the idea, which...

The arc of time

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The passage of time is a continuum, and it is relentless. After a year of the spread of a deadly disease, shootings of unarmed Black Americans, protests in major cities, wildfires in the West,...

I got vaccinated this week, and here is what I learned

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As a volunteer nurse, I was fortunate to get vaccinated for COVID-19 this past week. I counted 17-plus healthcare workers directly involved in a safe and seamless process that was completed in 30 minutes....

The persistence of a paranoid style

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A standard definition of paranoia is when a person experiences a deep, anxious fear of threats or conspiracies founded on delusion and irrationality. In a now-famous 1963 lecture at Oxford University, Columbia University historian...

A gift for the holidays: Knowing what matters most

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Do you know “what matters most” to you in life? Do those who care about you know what you want them to know? Holiday seasons are full of family and friends. The shared joys of...

Restoring a depleted healthcare workforce 

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The COVID-19 pandemic has directed unprecedented resources to advance research and recovery efforts at incredible speed. Yet this necessary challenging of resources has taken a toll on assets that aren’t created in a lab:...

The new Congress, the next president

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In the days before the next Congress convenes on Jan. 3 and the inauguration of the new president, 17 days later, the House and Senate have their work cut out for them. Not only...

The middle of a conversation

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The election results should have come as a relief, but it hasn’t been the salve I had anticipated. I’m struggling with the fragility of the basic proposition of American democracy, of elected representation that...

Violating law and principle

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As of now, the Trump campaign has lost more than 30 lawsuits, and won two on minor technical grounds, with no impact on the number of votes either President Trump or President-elect Joe Biden...

Americans and the rule of law

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For over 40 years, I told my classes that Americans were not a particularly revolutionary people. By and large, they accepted the vote of the people to make change from one political party to...

Some lessons from Judge Barrett’s confirmation hearing

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During her confirmation hearing, like most nominees to the Supreme Court since 1987, Judge Amy Coney Barrett declined to set forth her views on healthcare, abortion, gun safety, and other hot-button issues. The year...

‘You knew … and still my boy is dead’

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In Steven Spielberg’s iconic 1975 horror film “Jaws,” a drama teacher named Lee Fierro plays the mother whose son was killed by the shark. In a memorable scene, she walks up to the local...

An election with, without the president

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The worst-case scenario concerning President Trump’s recent bout with COVID-19 is unthinkable, even though his doctors released him to return to the White House where he is receiving medical care. The American people must...

A case for teaching public health in schools

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The best way to promote population health is to educate and engage the community who has the most to win: our youth. In high school, my Dad espoused some tenets for life: “Wear your seatbelt,...

RBG, her constitutional legacy

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Tributes to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg have rightly focused on her leadership in promoting human rights, especially gender equality, throughout her entire legal career. Overall, the most important contribution she made to...

A modest plea for precision, Part Two

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In these pages, I recently set out some basic ideas concerning terms and phrases used without precision by politicians and the media. They say or write them, but give them vague or unintelligible meanings....

Real grownups also wear helmets

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Fortunately for me, I was wearing a good bike helmet when a pickup truck ran me off the road early one morning in July. I flew off my bike and landed on my right...

Russia on my mind

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By Grace Kennan Warnecke Less than three months before the American general election, Russia has appeared frequently in the news, but in somewhat different guises. As U.S.-Russian relations become more tense, espionage and related stories...

A modest plea for precision

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Sometimes when speaking and writing, we may use words and phrases so loosely that we overlook their true meaning. This is particularly true during this critical time when emotions run high, especially during a...
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