Monthly Archives: February 2014

Staggering human costs of Iraq and Afghanistan

Recently, Taliban insurgents overran an Afghan National Army base killing 21 soldiers as they slept.  It was said to be the worst single blow to government forces since 2010. Corruption remains rampant in Afghanistan, fueled by the inflow of American aid. … Continue reading

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Staying connected with the world

15 years ago the Atlantic Rim Network hosted a symposium here on the dangers of the decline of international news coverage and the importance of making world events relevant to parochial audiences.  It was January 1999. One participant, a CBS news producer, … Continue reading

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What will it take to fix ACA?

When President Obama back in 2010 said of the flawed Affordable Care Act, pass it now, fix it later, perhaps he never dreamed of the extent to which politics would have paralyzed the U.S. Congress.  In the past, with major … Continue reading

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Boston Olympics? costly diversion

The initial images of the Sochi winter Olympics – tap water the color of urine, treacherous unfinished sidewalks, bathroom doors that wouldn’t open, failed opening night electronic display – have given way to images of skiers doing death-defying summersaults off the … Continue reading

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Real life after the good ship Lollipop

Shirley Temple was three years old back in the 1930’s when she started her performance career. She achieved major league stardom between the ripe old ages of six and 11.  With her curly hair and twinkly eyes, she sang and … Continue reading

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Slaps and Claps

Claps for the Boston Sunday Globe’s photojournalism spread by Mary Beth Meehan showing the pattern of violence in New Bedford against Mayan Guatemalans.  They fled the war in Guatamela and came here for peace and opportunity, but they’re being beaten and robbed by … Continue reading

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None-of-the-above an option for dissatisfied voters?

We believe in informed consent.  What about informed dissent?  The New Hampshire Union Leader recently reported that Granite State legislators will consider a proposal to allow voters unhappy with their choice of candidates to mark their ballots for “none of the … Continue reading

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