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Column: Back to Topsail

posted: 10/07/2015 2:54 a.m. Comment 1

TOPSAIL ISLAND, N.C.--Walker Percy called it a repetition, going back to a place you've been to before. Not so much to see how it has changed but how you have. This time I've come to Topsail Island equipped with a wife, walker, and a sense of suspense at every step. Since my fall, I've come to realize that walking is essentially an arrested fall.

Column One: He saw it coming

posted: 10/04/2015 3:21 a.m. Comments 16

The concept of Soft Tyranny is as old as Democracy in America--the two-volume guide to all things American that Alexis de Tocqueville wrote after he toured this country back in the Jacksonian era. And whose insights remain fresh.

Columnists: First, an apology ...

posted: 09/30/2015 3:05 a.m. Comments 22

It's a little early in the year for my annual "Where I Went Wrong" column, but (a) it's never too early to admit a misjudgment, and (b) confession is good for the soul. Or as Fiorello LaGuardia used to say, "When I make a mistake, it's a beaut!"

COLUMN ONE: Notes on the news

posted: 09/27/2015 2:33 a.m. Comments 11

Malaise is back: Remember the Carter Years, much as it hurts to? Malaise was a common way to describe the mood after that president gave a speech diagnosing the American mood as a crisis of public confidence. And now the same, telling word has popped up in a description of how Americans are reacting to Hillary Clinton's dragging presidential campaign: "There's a malaise inside the race right now with Clinton," says Tony Bisagnano, a state senator in Iowa who supported Joe Biden for president back in 2008. "People I know who are supporting her are not necessarily withdrawing, but are unenthusiastic." In short, they're coming down with a bad case of Malaise.

Columnists: The case for inequality

posted: 09/23/2015 2:51 a.m. Comments 40

Would you really like to live in a society in which all are equal--that is, equally poor? Because that is the inevitable result when the goal becomes equalizing everybody's income.

Column: Ignorance in action

posted: 09/20/2015 2:11 a.m. Comments 25

"The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design."

Column: Somebody get the hook!

posted: 09/18/2015 1:56 a.m. Comments 25

One more "debate" like Wednesday night's featuring all those Republican presidential hopefuls, and Hillary Clinton should sweep the field clean come November.

Column: It could've been today

posted: 09/16/2015 2:49 a.m. Discuss

BOSTON, Feb. 10, 1921--There was nothing unusual about her. She was just one more of the millions desperate to make it into America before the gates would begin to swing shut with the first immigration quotas in 1924. Just one more passenger in steerage, her face blends in with all the others in the blurry old photograph, easy to overlook unless you're trying to find her. It's a face indistinguishable from those of all the others who left Eastern and Southern Europe for the Golden Land at the end of the 19th Century and beginning of the 20th.

Just call him Bob

posted: 09/13/2015 1:59 a.m. Comment 1

BOSTON--We're here to attend the bar mitzvah of my eldest grandson Aviav, who's named in honor of his other grandfather, the one he never met. By now he's gotten used to spelling out his first name, which is Hebrew for father of my father, but the pronunciation may escape folks. Like the violin teacher he had who tried and tried but just couldn't get her tongue around his name. ("What's that again? Av . . . uh, Av . . . Avi . . . ") That's when Aviav, always trying to be helpful, told her: "Call me Bob."

Columnists: 40 Americans

posted: 09/11/2015 1:57 a.m. Comments 2

It was one of those morning flights. Routine. The ETD went up on the computer screens along with all the others. The airport didn't even have a familiar name like LaGuardia or Kennedy, Logan or O'Hare, but was lesser known Newark. Just a footnote to New York, like so much of grimy North Jersey across the Hudson.



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