Author Archives: aronsbarron

Name the victims; shame the Congress

Slain WDJA reporter Alison Parker’s father, Andy Parker, has become the latest grieving parent calling for gun control. We are all seduced by the notion that simply understanding the impact on real people of the failure to create meaningful universal … Continue reading

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Summer reading: there’s still time, pt. 2 – fiction

Summer reading 2015 would not be complete without Go Set a Watchman, the book that Harper Lee reportedly wrote before she published To Kill a Mockingbird.  It is told from the perspective of Atticus Finch’s daughter Scout (now Jean Louise) some 20 … Continue reading

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Summer reading: there’s still time, pt. 1 – non-fiction

A late Labor Day and temporary physical disability have extended my usual orgy of summer reading, with both non-fiction and fiction  offerings to share with you. Because time is running out, I’ll keep the list short.  In the first category, the … Continue reading

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Kerry Havana speech: clear-eyed, optimistic

Friday morning, a glorious day in Havana with the sun sparkling on the water along the Malecon sea wall, marked an historic event for the United States and Cuba. After 54 years of enmity,  the U.S. Interests Section (for half a … Continue reading

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Fox big winner in the debate

The big winner in last night’s “big boy” (top ten Republicans in polls, all male) debate was Fox News itself. While the network isn’t my default choice, the moderators, stalwart defenders of Republican orthodoxy,  and the format wrung the most out of … Continue reading

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David Mofenson stood tall, reached down to help others

Most weekend mornings, a small group of men gathers at the front table of Peet’s coffee in Newton Center to gab about breaking news, politics and whatever else catches their fancy.  It’s hard to imagine the gathering without one of its regulars, … Continue reading

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The Holocaust through a child’s eyes

In 1990, my husband and I visited Prague, including the old Jewish section – the synagogue, the cemetery, and the tiny adjacent museum displaying drawings done by Prague children during their imprisonment in Terezin, the Nazi concentration camp outside the Czech … Continue reading

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