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My Turn: Seeing your faith through others' eyes

It can be both illuminating and disconcerting to find practitioners of religions other than your own commenting on aspects of the faith you follow.
Where was missionaries' common sense?

First, to save my soul - and to save my e-mail in-box from an overload of screeds from God-fearing folks - I offer this preface to today's column:
Maybe the birthers have missed the real threat

We all owe a debt of gratitude to Donald Trump. Before he harrumphed his way into the national political discussion, the whole "birther" issue had pretty much vanished from rational discussion. Columnists didn't want to write about it. Outside of a very few even on Fox News, the chattering classes were giving it a wide berth. And then, in steps The Donald and gives it the sort of treatment the folks who believe in it think it deserves, so now, of course, everyone is talking about it again. About time. I, for one, had missed it.
'Boomerang' effect not so scary, kids and parents say

We parents of college students had better get the basements fixed up.
When in doubt, blame the illegals

God bless Joe Wilson, the Republican congressman from South Carolina. He was acting the clown the other night when he heckled President Obama, but out of his foolishness perhaps a lesson might be learned.
Keeping politics out of the economy

Paul Krugman writes one of the best columns. I regularly read the New York Times writer just to disagree.
The world celebrates a victory

Green with envy I was, upon receiving the text message a friend sent me from an exclusive reserved section during Barack Obama's post-election gathering at Chicago's Grant Park.
Bad economy is good for young resolve

I remember just a year or two ago when it felt like newspapers were the only industry facing financial catastrophe.
Juneau Empire Online Archive Sports: From the sidelines 1/29/98

This one's personal. I'm getting married in June. That has nothing to do with sports, I know, nothing at all, but sometimes sports and life cross paths. Sometimes, among the field goals and infield flies and free throws, something beautiful emerges.
Juneau Empire Online Archive Sports: From the sidelines 2/12/98

In the end, Casey Martin won, and nobody should be angry. The U.S. Magistrate ruled that Martin can ride a golf cart on the PGA Tour. That's all. He will get to live his lifelong dream of playing the best of professional golf.


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