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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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