Author: Terry Anker

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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...

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Opinion: In search of a problem

Were it not for the millions of dollars wasted and hundreds of people harmed by the debacle, one could be amused by the recent flap associated with the aborted legislative actions by the good...

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Opinion: Armchair sports

Defined as possessing a state of mind including irrational, thoughtless, and negative assessment of people, ideas, or beliefs while clinging to one’s flawed self-perception, bigots love politics. Unquestionably, one could point to grenade throwers...

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Opinion: Road trip

The family road trip is a rite of passage for many in childhood. Parents pack the car with everything needed – a stocked cooler, pillows, blankets, crayons, and a short stack of comic books...

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Opinion: Stone houses

The classic children’s book, The Three Little Pigs, teaches that wolves have an amazing lung capacity and that a stone house is better than a wooden or straw one. Stone houses last a long...

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Opinion: A big week

It has been a big week. They all are; but, this one seems especially packed, back-to-back, with all the things that keep the adrenalin pumping. Life has a way of reminding us that it...

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Opinion: Smelegant flights

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that airlines have gotten into the smell business. Well to be honest, they have long been in the smell business – jet fuel, full planes filled with a...