Features & Opinions

Foreign Policy Waffling

I was going to ride my high horse into the weeds of the Islamic State, however, we have been assured these atrocities weren't in the name of Islam or the Prophet and weren't Islamic. Besides, Christians did this 1,000 years ago, the US supported slavery for years and civil rights is still an issue here.

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21st Century Scourge

Let's face it. Very few of us are offended about mocking someone else's religion or political position (often connected); just don't mock ours. Double standards abound. The difference is that no one in the west proposes killing in retaliation for hate or politically incorrect observations.

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The Valediction

This column makes me sad, because it is my last. Twelve years ago, the Gabber offered me a job and a place in the community. Over the years I have delighted you, angered you, and most of all, I hope, I have made you think.

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Appearance of Clean

We’ve stopped talking about the tough issues, like 49th Street or the water quality in Boca Ciega Bay, because the answers aren’t apparent and they aren’t problems we can easily solve – if we can solve them at all. So we shove them into that big blue box in the back of the closet, along with the old cameras and our grandmother’s clock, and we close the door.

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A Heavy Subject

The obesity syndrome: heavy equals unhealthy that equals costs to the government. I'm not refuting the theory. Lots of evidence for it. But, it needs to be discussed in the context of who gets to tell who what to eat.

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Elegy For Familly

With four December birthdays in our family, the rule is that Christmas doesn't "start" until my birthday (the last of the four, now five if you count El Cap’s late November birthday, which we obviously do) ends. Christmas wasn’t the only holiday for us, not by a long shot.

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A Pointless Report

About the release of the Senate Intelligence report about the CIA interrogation program following 9/11/2001. It's a question of what's more important: the best interests of our country, which is fighting a war today, or a last political shot at the George W. Bush administration.

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