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All Hail the Hairsplitters

Nitpickers get a bad rap. No one likes to be corrected, but it is particularly irritating to have minor mistakes pointed out. However, what is insignificant to one person may be a major objection to another. For example, a misplaced apostrophe might give one person uncontrollable shudders, but most people wouldn’t notice or care. They would consider it bad manners Read More


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You Are What You Are and You Ain’t What You Ain’t

Any time it seems that people are pretty sane and can agree on self-evident things like that the earth circles the sun and that the picture of Neil Armstrong on the moon is not a hoax, I get doused with reality. Jeffrey Gettleman’s article, “Americans’ Role Seen in Uganda Anti-Gay Push,” New York Times, January 3, 2010, is a real Read More


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Do Not Kill the Estate Tax

I am amazed at how many conservatives who are not rich want to repeal the estate tax.  If only those subject to estate tax opposed it, I doubt that a half of one per cent of the electorate would get much traction in getting it repealed.  Why are the moderately well-off so concerned about getting rid of the estate tax?  Read More


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Thank You, Congress and Mr. President

The government has done something really great for consumers who are not able to pay off their credit cards every month–meaning most of us. Credit card companies will still have us by the short hairs, but some of the worst rules have been outlawed by Congress and the President, effective February 13, 2010. Here is a short list of changes: Read More