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Gun deaths and public life

In the midst of election turmoil and craziness, it can be discouraging to pay close attention to what goes on in public life. There is so much self-interest, hypocrisy, and meanness. But then, we need to remember that real issues … Continue reading

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Shipwrecks, climate disruption, mass shootings

This excerpt from Kathryn Schulz, “Writers in the Storm” (The New Yorker, Nov. 23, 2015), seems to me a good analogy for the human slowness in solving problems: It is difficult … to appreciate how catastrophic the weather could be … Continue reading

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Long guns and House Bill 1010

A bill pending before the PA House of Representatives (HB 1010) and Senate (SB 1049) would require that purchasers of “long guns” from a seller who is not a dealer or manufacturer pass a background check before a registered dealer, … Continue reading

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I Hear America Shooting

I wrote this “faux” poem about 15 years ago. Some of the references are to events in the second Clinton administration. Sad to say, I could have written it today. I Hear America Shooting “I hear America singing…” — Walt … Continue reading

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Of patience and violence: Why Americans don’t act

Americans are a very patient people. Maybe not in little things: when another car cuts them off in a merge or a guy in a movie theater texts his baby sitter, Americans are quick to open fire. But for the … Continue reading

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More on free will: who’s responsible when bad things happen?

I’ve been thinking about good and evil lately. Unfortunately, people probably think more about evil these days; at least, our daily newspaper and other news sources certainly do. In “Free will, whose will? Some theological questions for the day” (March … Continue reading

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Of dogs and guns

A friend in Philadelphia was out walking her dog when a pit bull streaked out of an open door, knocked her to the ground, and went for her small dog’s throat. As the three of them were thrashing in combat … Continue reading

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