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From the fat to the fanatic

The world seems to run in extremes. On the one hand are those who never exercise. Doctor’s admonitions — and the examples of people who’ve thrown their health away — make no difference. But there is another extreme.

For some people, exercising a few times a week is not enough. Exercising every day is not enough. They must exercise twice a day. Otherwise, they’ll collapse, they say. Too much stress. In the gym before 6 a.m. — then again, on the elliptical, in the middle of the day.

On the one hand, $40.5 billion is a pretty good deal. That’s how much Israel’s Teva Pharmaceuticals paid for Allergan PLC. I can’t even conceive of $40.5 billion. It’s like a light year — an inconceivable distance, not to mention millions of light years. But there is another extreme.

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View from Central Park

Too late

Political discussion can be so frustrating. Especially recently, it seems the conversation has become even more binary than usual. If the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage was not supported, hate is attributed to the opponents. If there was disagreement on ObamaCare, it must be due to indifference to the very real pain and plight of poverty. If the reaction to Ferguson did not echo the public’s outcry, it must be racist. And now, rejection of the Iran deal. That’s simple, i...
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View From Denver

Why the ‘streams’ are running dry

The other day I enjoyed a visit with Prof. Fred Greenspahn, who taught Jewish studies at DU, 1979-1994, and now holds an endowed chair at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Our discussion prompted a trick question: Which is the fastest growing segment of American Jewry — • Reform • Conservative • Orthodox • Renewal • Reconstructionist

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:23 )

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View From Denver

Racism without hate

WHAT RACE am I? You may not believe this, but my race is: I Prefer Not To Report. I am an oddball. This is not your typical race. I should know. I went to the doctor and was asked to fill out a medical history form. At the top of the questionnaire it asked for my race. These were the choices: American Indian/Alaskan native Asian Black/African American Hawaiian Native Other Pacific Islander Hispanic/Latino not Hispanic/Latino White And, finally, I Prefer Not to Report. ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 July 2015 09:24 )

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View from Central Park

Peace in our time

Last Tuesday, we woke up to a different world. We woke up to the moment when history will most likely point an accusing finger at this date, the moment that will be pinpointed as the dangerous shift in modern nuclear warfare. This deal with Iran? It’s a great deal . . . for Iran. Not for the rest of the world. Certainly not for Israel or Sunni Muslims in the Middle East.
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Gabrielle Birkner Survival — and thriving in the face of tragedy — was a theme that ran through the opening ceremony of the massive Jewish sporting event held in a city that once was the Nazi capital. ... [Link]

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Marcy Oster Three of the victims were seriously injured. The alleged assailant stabbed three people at the parade in 2005 and reportedly was released from prison two weeks ago. ... [Link]

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N.Y. congresswoman, a Democrat, comes out against Iran deal

Ron Kampeas Grace Meng, who represents a heavily Jewish district in Queens, confronted Secretary of State John Kerry with questions during congressional hearings on the agreement. ... [Link]

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