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VERN’S VIEW: Moving on from weekly column

A good friend told me she is leaving the legal profession because she was tired of fighting all the time. I feel exactly that way about writing due to the political climate across the United States. This column’s publication marks the third anniversary for this wonderful opportunity to make sense of a divisive society, both [...]

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VERN’S VIEW: The last campaign lap

Here we go into the last days of the 2012 election cycle with both major parties embroiled in a massive propaganda war while third and fourth parties scream about being shut out of the debate process. It looks like this will be a billion-dollar cycle, with money pouring this way and that to keep the [...]

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VERN’S VIEW: The wages of disagreement

In the spring of 1960 my best high school buddy (honorable-mention all-American) received many football scholarship offers from the major colleges east of the Mississippi. My friend came from the Cumberland Gap region of western Virginia, though our school was in Ohio. His nickname was “Hillbilly." He chose to attend Florida State University. I asked [...]

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VERN’S VIEW: Forgetting how to compromise

The late historian Shelby Foote made two significant points during his opening comments in Ken Burns’ documentary "The Civil War." Foote said the war, itself, defined who we are as a nation and the decades leading up to the war illustrated how we lost or forgot how to practice the most unique and important aspect [...]

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VERN’S VIEW: Spinning the moral compass

Recently reminiscing about our long lives, my wife and I shared stories we heard from our grandparents about their lives in America. We compared our degree of luxury and freedom from want to theirs’ and the relative effort, both physical and intellectual, we invested. We ventured into larger scopes of history and the events that [...]

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VERN’S VIEW: Making the right call

My sympathies go out to all the people involved in NFL office pools and fantasy leagues across the country. I also extend my sympathies to the people losing money by betting on the point spreads in Las Vegas or other outlets. The replacement officials who worked the games received no love from anyone except, perhaps, [...]

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VERN’S VIEW: You the people, according to Romney

It’s as much the words as the tone. Now we know what Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney means by "you people." You are the ones not born with silver spoons in your mouths. If you haven’t made it in the land of limited opportunity, then you must be pathetic, slothful and not worth a hoot. [...]

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VERN’S VIEWS: What we too often forget

In the hurly-burly of our political environment we often lose sight of and forget how things really work — or at least are supposed to work. As I’ve written before, the president gets too much credit when things are going well and too much blame when things aren’t going so well. For example: When gasoline [...]

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VERN’S VIEW: Leaders should promote opportunity, not deny it

In 1955 Robert Ruark wrote his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "Something of Value." A movie by the same name starring Rock Hudson disturbed many, as did the book, because it addressed the Mau Mau uprisings in Kenya in the early 1950s. But on the first page Ruark included a Basuto proverb: “If a man does away [...]

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VERN’S VIEW: The real Romney

Most political pundits are writing their summaries of the recent carnival known as the Republican National Convention, but not me. The Democrat’s are now trotting out all their surrogates and candidates to refute the GOP lies and probably making a few stretched facts of their own. Such is the convention environment. I’m focusing on the [...]

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VERN’S VIEWS: The assault on women

The latest media flap, perpetrated by U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, the nearly brain-dead GOP senatorial candidate from Missouri, is an example of the callous and ignorant understanding of women, their rights and the law. I taught human anatomy for three years in college and medical school and was astounded to learn new things about the [...]

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VERN’S VIEW: Coupon clippers unite as election nears

My mother used to cut coupons when I was just a kid growing up in East Cleveland, Ohio. She would scour the newspaper every day to find bargains and redemptions for food and household products. I asked her why she did that and if could I help? Together, we managed to find something we needed [...]

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VERN’S VIEW: Embracing class warfare

Now that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate, any doubts anyone had about the intentions of the right-wing political machine regarding who it represents should be gone. Republicans clearly intend a full-court press against the 99 percent who are not part of the plutocracy. [...]

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VERN’S VIEW: Who is thinking correctly?

My good friend and co-author Steve Love provided the basis for this column. I have paraphrased him for brevity: Conservatives used to label liberals as pointy-headed idealists totally out of touch with reality. Conservatives claimed they, as the adults, dealt with how things really are while liberals were the adolescents lost in idealism. Conservatives claimed [...]

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