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To the Editor: Having spent most of my life in editing and publishing, I confess to being both mystified and appalled by the notion that four words (“established by the state”) could possibly “imperil” our national health law (“4 Words... Continue reading
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If you're honorable, a pledge is unnecessary. If you're not honorable, a pledge is insufficient. So what's the point of a pledge? Continue reading
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England is dying, and deservedly so. The United States is right behind. Continue reading
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These poor babies have no chance to succeed in the marketplace. They've been coddled since the day they were born, by parents, relatives, teachers, coaches, and now college professors and administrators. They've been told that they're special, that society can... Continue reading
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This image (click to enlarge) shows the body of water (known as Lake Mead) kept back by Hoover Dam. As you can see by the light-colored rings on the rocks, the lake is far lower than it once was. Here... Continue reading
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Seven-Inning Felix (8-1) pitched like a man today. To those of you who say that complete games are no longer possible because managers won't allow their starters to go that long, what happened today? Was Seattle's manager asleep? If Felix... Continue reading
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A third criticism of utilitarianism is that it offers no real guidance in actual cases. Not only are alternative possible acts infinite and actual consequences incommensurable, but the ambit of the situation to be considered is indeterminate. Anything one does... Continue reading
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To the Editor: Re “Calm Down. ISIS Isn’t Winning” (Op-Ed, May 22): Ahmed Ali’s assertion that the Islamic State’s conquest of Ramadi—the capital of Iraq’s Sunni heartland—was simply a “sign of desperation,” and that ISIS is “on the defensive” in... Continue reading
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Sometimes; but sometimes I ride through.
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This week's word is "guitar." Think of a song with that word (or a variant) in the title. No Internet searches! Here is my song: The Who, "Guitar and Pen," Who Are You (1978). Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Keith Burgess-Jackson
If a word is just an arrangement of letters, then yes, the word exists and has existed. The meaning, however, is different. In other words, the people who use "problematize" today don't mean by it what was meant in 1913.
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Here is a view of Hoover Dam from farther out on the bypass. Click to enlarge. Afterward, we drove across the dam and parked for a while in the lot at the upper right. Continue reading
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I received a request from a periodical editor to referee a submission (on animal ethics). It was probably sent to me because the authors cited one of my essays, "Doing Right by Our Animal Companions." I skimmed the essay and... Continue reading
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I bought my first bicycle (a Sears Free Spirit) in August 1981, when I was 24 years old, but I didn't start riding in earnest until 30 years ago today, on 26 May 1985. I lived in Tucson, Arizona, at... Continue reading
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To the Editor: Re “Los Angeles Lifts Its Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour” (front page, May 20): Your article on the Los Angeles City Council’s decision to incrementally raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2020 cited opposition from... Continue reading
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Are there any civilized people in Chicago? Please don't say it's the guns. If you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns. It's a slogan, yes, but no less true for that. Continue reading
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This song was released as a single in 1964 and on the album Orbisongs in 1965. I learned it today on guitar. I have heard this song hundreds of times in my life, and always liked it, but until today,... Continue reading
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Today we remember, pay our respects to, and express gratitude to those who paid the ultimate price in service to their (our) country. Without whom not. I hope all of you are safe and happy on this Memorial Day afternoon.... Continue reading
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