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Mystery virus of the mind infects media, twists truth

It must have been the sandstorm. Remember a couple of weeks ago when everyone in Iraq was blinded by the whorl of dust? Today we might figure that embedded in those blistering grains of hard dust was a meme, one of those catchy ideas that gets implanted in the human mind and multiplies through the culture like a virus. More

Letters To The Editor

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Moments of compassion punctuate Iraq war

Snapshots of bravery and compassion from the war front

Arnett, Rivera become a story unto themselves

Last week journalists Peter Arnett and Geraldo Rivera blurred the lines between commentary and reporting. This frequently happens in an age when networks market a Lisa Marie Presley interview as a news special, but it was stunning that two media veterans would make serious blunders in judgment and conduct in the middle of life-and-death situations. More

CABLE celebrates 25 years of womanpower

From its first meeting of a handful of women at a wine and cheese party to one of the most powerful civic forces in Nashville, CABLE celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. More

Yes, actors are entitled to their uninformed views

Although it was the least-watched Oscar telecast of all time, there was a great irony in Roman Polanski winning the Best Director Award for The Pianist. Polanski could not have won this award without the dastardly deeds of Adolph Hitler, and one wonders whether 'ol Roman would have thanked the Evil One had a long-standing child rape charge not prevented his Oscar appearance. More

Remember Afghanistan and keep Iraqi promises

Remember Afghanistan? It's a country where the United States waged war to rid the people of an oppressive regime with promises of a massive rebuilding program. American children raised and contributed money to the children of Afghanistan. Remember? What happened next might serve as an object lesson for post-war Iraq. More

Letters To The Editor

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Letters To The Editor

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U.S. forces should know that we have their backs

On Saturday two men, with American flags held high, crossed the intersection in front of my car. They apparently were stragglers from a pro-war protest. But unlike the flag-waving images after Sept. 11, the two men hoisting the colors Saturday looked isolated. More

Arnett

For the second time in his long career, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Peter Arnett has slipped over to the wrong side of the story. In giving an interview to Iraqi television in which he stated a number of his opinions, Arnett committed the unpardonable sin of becoming the news instead of reporting it. More

Protesters who continue during war hate America

Let's be frank: A certain percentage of Americans hate this country. Some are right-wing militia types who advocate the overthrow of the government. But most are members of the lunatic left fringe, who have taken to the streets of San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and even post-Sept. 11 New York City to protest the war in Iraq. More

Letters To The Editor

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War effort generally going according to plan

Instant television coverage of the war with Iraq is whipsawing both American public opinion and the stock market with each new, sometimes disjointed revelation. More

We cannot have war and still keep Bush

Most columns build up to a bottom line. This one starts with it: We can't afford a war and another giant tax cut, too. The charade starts, of course, with President Bush, who is trying to sell the country his own version of what Lyndon Johnson called "guns and butter," and what his father later ridiculed as "voodoo economics." More

Government programs prove scoundrels rule us

The March 10 issue of Human Events carried a special report on the 10 most outrageous government programs. Their 18 judges included conservative/libertarians such as former Rep. Dick Armey (R-Texas), former Delaware Gov. Pete Dupont, Mark Levin, president of the Landmark Legal Foundation, and David Boaz, Cato Institute's vice president. More

Letters To The Editor

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Republicans now turn to privatizing public service

For years now, political reformers have been railing against the unseemly practice of former government officials pouring through Washington's golden revolving door only to return a short time later as well-paid lobbyists, auctioning off their influence. More

Media miscalculates in its coverage of Iraq war

I woke up this morning to hear Today host Katie Couric explain to her millions of viewers that Pentagon officials had terribly "miscalculated" in their plan to topple Saddam Hussein. More

Loveless could thrive in more populated area

For the past half-century, the Loveless Caf