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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, it must be warmongering.

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 )

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 )

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.

If a tree falls in the forest...?

When I was a little girl, I used to take long walks with my dad in our neighborhood. Sometimes he would tie pieces of candy to the branches of trees before our walk. I would delight in finding them when he pointed to a bird or new buds on a branch. I believed in magic, I believed in the power of trees and I believed him when he told me the “GF” (Good Fairy) had left them for me. It wasn’t until I grew up that I realized that GF stood for Good Father. On one such walk Dad presented me with...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 July 2015 11:27 )

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Julie Wiener Waters has published similar open letters in Salon to other performers with Israel gigs , including Dionne Warwick, the Rolling Stones and Robbie Williams. ... [Link]

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