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The Only Common Sense Solution to America’s Gun Problem

“Une vie ne vaut rien, mais rien ne vaut une vie.” “A life has no value, but nothing is as valuable as a life.” Thus wrote Andre Malraux, the great novelist, in 1933. In the United States, Malraux is best … Continue reading

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On the Measles Outbreak: Does the ‘Modern’ Anti-Vaccination Movement Remember Smallpox?

I wonder whether the parents of the unvaccinated would consider doing away with traffic regulations or traveling by horse and buggy? Societal living needs written and unwritten rules and regulations. It was humanity’s good fortune that Edward Jenner (1749-1823), an … Continue reading

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Ebola, Dr. Craig Spencer and American Hysteria

Dr. Craig Spencer, who bravely put himself in harm’s way to fight a deadly epidemic, represents the best of American medicine. So why is the American public vilifying him? Continue reading

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The Hobby Lobby Ruling Shames America

A hundred years ago Margaret Sanger distributed five thousand flyers in Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood that read: Mothers! Can you afford to have a large family? Do you want any more children? If not, why do you have them? DO NOT … Continue reading

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A New York City Snowstorm: Pleasure and Climate Change

On January 2, 2014, at about 10 PM, I took Viva, my new miniature poodle, for her evening walk. Nobody else was about. The street, the lampposts, the houses and even the uncollected garbage were frosted by the season’s first … Continue reading

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Gun Ownership by the Innocent or Unskilled

In the wake of Newtown, Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s suggestion that we arm schoolteachers so as to prevent future massacres reminded me of the time my mother acquired a revolver. My mother was a bit paranoid. Our front door had … Continue reading

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