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Journalists on the government’s blacklist

As states move to hide details of government deals with Wall Street, and as politicians come up with new arguments to defend secrecy, a study released earlier this month revealed that many government information officers block specific journalists they don’t like from accessing information.

The news comes as 47 federal inspectors general sent a letter to lawmakers criticizing “serious limitations on access to records” that they say have “impeded” their oversight work.

The data about public information officers was compiled over the past few years by Kennesaw State University Prof. Dr. Carolyn Carlson. Her surveys found that four in 10 public information officers say “there are specific reporters they will not allow their staff to talk to due to problems with their stories in the past.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:08 )

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View From Denver

The late Mrs. Lila Silberstein

I pen this with tears. I have never been one to “celebrate the life.” Death is death. Deep loss. Never to be replaced. Perhaps the sharpest stabs come from the pictures seemingly on every available surface in the apartment of my late mother-in-law, Mrs. Lila Silberstein, about whom I received the call at about 4:30 a.m., Aug. 19, “it’s all over.” These pictures are all doubled, so to speak, pictures of who is there, silently hiding the pictures of who isn’t there. Pictures of child...
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View from Central Park

After the cease-fire...the wounded

IT could have been a college dorm. After all, all the young guys and girls were around age 19-22. The doors and hallways were decked mostly, but not only, in yellow flags with symbols. Some swaths of fabric hanging on the doors or in the rooms were green, with a different symbol. Clearly certain “teams” were proudly being cheered for. The only thing is, this wasn’t a college dorm, and the teams were military units. It was a floor at Tel Hashomer hospital with some of the wounded from Isra...
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Conservative Lens

On losing a parent

My father, Max Prager, died last week. Here are some thoughts on the death of a parent. 1. Longevity Parents who live long are very lucky. Not only for their longevity, and not only because they get to see their children grow into adulthood, and not only because they may see grandchildren, but for all those extra years to reconcile with their children. Had my father died when I was a teenager, we would not have had the decades since then to get closer.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 06:22 )

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View From Denver

Humanism and the fear of G-d

Humanism and the fear of G-dSAY the word G-d and one tends to think of the beyond. To the Rabbi Israel Salanter and his Musar disciples, say the word G-d and one should think of people. Of humanity. Musar teaches that religion — coming close to G-d — is also about coming close to people. This reorientation, in a nutshell, was the innovation of the Musar movement that Rabbi Israel began. G-d-consciousness does not exclude humanism, and humanism need not exclude G-d. And so, if we ask, is G-d inside us or outside u...
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