Author: Terry Anker

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Opinion: Surfing the mob

It is a funny thing, this expressing oneself in a public forum. One takes complex ideas and works to distill them into a few hundred words. If done right, these carefully selected syllables make...

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Opinion: Rain, rain go away

It has been a particularly wet June. Thunderstorms and heavy downpours have populated the weather map with no immediate end in sight. As a child, rainy days were always a disappointment. With less than...

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Opinion: Blind judgement

Without fanfare Army Sargent Bowe Bergdahl, the much ballyhooed soldier swapped by the United States for several hardened terrorist prisoners, was recently charged with desertion. This came as no surprise to those in his...

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Opinion: An idea, well-conceived

Our eldest son capped a successful first year of college with a class trip to the seeming birthplace of democracy, Athens, Greece. As a student in Indiana University’s Civic Leaders program, it related sufficiently...

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Opinion: The sum of wisdom

There is tremendous bliss in not knowing what we don’t know! The relaxed certainty of a young, intelligent person – confident that their freshly-minted college degree has bestowed upon them the accumulated knowledge of...

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Opinion: Status cities

We humans care about status. A lot. Archeologist excavating ancient Sumerian (centuries before Christ) communities, discovered necklaces of sea shells harvested hundreds of miles from the graves. It points to the likelihood that commerce...

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Opinion: The life-form ladder

One wonders how like us Neanderthal humans may have been. To be sure, there are countless environmental and even physical differences between us moderns and our ancestors. But, is there a retinue of characteristics...

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Opinion: ‘Thin Skinned’

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me. Most of us memorized the nursery rhyme almost as soon as we learned to talk. It reminds us that physical harm...

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Opinion: Changing horses, even political ones

The aphorism “don’t change horses midstream” has always appealed to me. Perhaps it reflects a general bias towards managing change carefully. Perhaps, it simply points to the scores of cowboy movies that I watched...

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Opinion: Isn’t that special?

As Saturday Night Live’s Church Lady might have observed, “well, isn’t that special?” Her snarky and moralizing posture won hordes of fans and pointed to the judgmental nature of many of the imagined religious...