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Notable WildWords Moment

In one sense the third game of our three-game match was a disappointment.  I got almost all the good trays and Peter got garbage trays.  And yet that same luck-of-the-draw led to a personal best score for me — a … Continue reading

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Don’t-miss-it film alert!

“Not One Less” is its title.  The regular teacher at an impoverished rural Chinese primary school needs to take a month off to care for his ailing mother.  The only available sub is a 13-year-old girl from a neighboring village.  … Continue reading

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A “Catch” in the NFL and in MLB

The pro football season is drawing to a close and once again no little controversy has surrounded the NFL’s rules. If I had to pick, I’d say the two biggest issues this past season have been (1) what defines a … Continue reading

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Walking Back Flint’s Childhood Blood Lead Crisis

Published in the Shoshone News Press on Janurary 23, 2019. Chart borrowed from Mother Jones’ commentary on Gómez and Dietrich’s op-ed. Because I took an active part in the public debate over childhood blood lead levels here in Shoshone County in the … Continue reading

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1918’s Influenza Epidemic, Here — Part 2, The Forgotten Scourge

By Ron Roizen Soldiers afflicted with influenza being cared for at Camp Funston, Kansas, 1918. Historical studies of the U.S.’s great influenza epidemic of 1918-1919 often note its relative historical unrememberedness.  Even as it was occurring Americans arguably downplayed the epidemic’s … Continue reading

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Time for Shoshone County to Get a Fair Shake From the U.S. Forest Service

Note:  This opinion piece will appear in the Shoshone News-Press as well. A not very optimistic article in the New York Times a few days ago (here) suggested that America’s rural economies are probably in a death spiral.  Something called … Continue reading

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The Courts at Clinton — Another Look

A segment of the courts in Clinton’s North Yard, photographed by the late Josh Freiwald, Sep., 1972 I noted in a blog post, here, three years ago that I was curious about how much change and how much stability Clinton … Continue reading

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