Category Archives: Current issues

Curt Schilling and ALS
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Curt Schilling and ALS

Curt Schilling, Hall of Fame pitcher, is one of the leading supporters of the ALS Assoication. He even named his son Gehrig, after the most famous person to die of ALS.

When Did News Reporting Stop Being Fun?
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When Did News Reporting Stop Being Fun?

Considering that I spent 15 of my nearly 65 years writing and editing newspapers in small communities, how much I loved that work, and how interesting I found it, it’s remarkable how little I’ve written about it since I left.

How New Hampshire Got It’s Martin Luther King Holiday — The Inside Story
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How New Hampshire Got It’s Martin Luther King Holiday — The Inside Story

With very little fanfare or opposition in 1999, New Hampshire became the last state to adopt a Martin Luther King holiday, replacing its optional Civil Rights Day. Civil Rights Day was adopted in 1990, after a major battle in the Statehouse. As Statehouse reporter, I scooped the state with the inside story of the back room Civil Rights Day compromise.

Focus on the Issues, Not the Flag
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Focus on the Issues, Not the Flag

An American suggests we fly the flag upside down to protest U.S. policy. We did that in the Vietnam War, and we’re still paying for that terrible mistake.

Pro-Choicers Only Care About Mothers Who Choose Abortion
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Pro-Choicers Only Care About Mothers Who Choose Abortion

Pro-life activists don’t care about mothers and babies after they’re born. Doctors care more about malpractice insurance premiums than malpractice. Pro-choicers only care about women who choose abortion.

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Go Shopping
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When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Go Shopping

In Feb., 2008, the question was how long middle-class Americans could keep saving the economy by shopping. By Feb.. 2009. the answer was, Not any more.

What Will Rupert Murdoch Do to the Wall Street Journal, and Journalism
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What Will Rupert Murdoch Do to the Wall Street Journal, and Journalism

It’s too soon to tell, but media baron Rupert Murdoch’s purchase of the Wall Street Journal could be very bad news for the quality of journalism everywhere, and the amount of information people get.

‘Recession-Proof’ Business Was Hit in Last Recession
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‘Recession-Proof’ Business Was Hit in Last Recession

Family restaurants like Pizzeria Uno used to be considered recession-proof. But several barely survived the last recession

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the ‘Deserving Poor’
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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the ‘Deserving Poor’

It can take three years to qualify for disability benefits under Social Security, and it pays barely enough to get by. Fraud is practically impossible. People who get it almost always deserve it. Taxes have supported the deserving poor since Biblical time.

Recycling Is Big Business Now
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Recycling Is Big Business Now

Recycling has become big business. It’s not just for organic granola eaters any more.

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