Author: Terry Anker

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Opinion: The gap of the gaps

The American founders knew it. Even the modern, liberal French know it. The distinction between a mob and a populist revolution is a narrow one. Contemporary French journalist and politician Jean-Francois Revel illustrates the...

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Opinion: The elephant in the room

Can being polite ever be a bad thing? In the Victorian age, we were encumbered with a plethora of topics deemed “impolite” and to be avoided, especially in mixed company, at all costs. Money,...

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Opinion: Mind the gap

Our British English language progenitors are often despaired by our misuse of the words they’ve given us. To be sure, we’ve taken some of the aristocratic air off of the mother-lounge; but in fairness,...

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Opinion: Care full

In a time when most of us keep the internet, via our trusty smartphones, in our pockets, we have immediate access to the world’s accumulated “wisdom” anytime and anywhere. And with each new day,...

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Opinion: Season’s Greetings

Ecclesiastes accurately claims, “to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…” While my youngest credits the Peter Seeger lyrics to the 1965 Byrds song “Turn, Turn, Turn”...

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Opinion: A happy meal

The American drive-thru restaurant is a modern marvel. Sure, we can criticize that it has contributed to the raging obesity epidemic or even that it can claim its share of impact on the decline...

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Opinion: A biased bias

We, each of us humans, look at the world through our own eyes. Naturally, how could we do it any other way? But as such, all stimuli is received and perceived from our own...

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Opinion: Taking it personally

One strong indication of fluency in a language (or culture) is a robust command of the idiom and expressions that shortcut our daily communicative interactions. When we say, “Don’t cry over spilled milk,” we...

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Opinion: Demanding demands

Black Friday almost has become a holiday in itself. It is easier to find a parking spot at church on Easter Sunday than one at Target during the “shopping season”. Retailers register the vast...

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Opinion: AgriNovus Indiana

The highest point in our state seemed like the perfect place to launch an initiative aimed at examining the ag-related biosciences and business in Indiana. A sizable assemblage of agribusiness, biotech and information technology...