Category Archive: Opinion

Jul 24 2013

America needs a July 4th Seder

Perhaps the major reason Jews have been able to keep their national identity alive for 3,000 years, the last 2,000 of which were nearly all spent dispersed among other nations, is ritual. No national or cultural identity can survive without ritual, even if the group remains in its own country. Americans knew this until the …

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Jul 24 2013

Eat real: Too many diets are about hype, not health.

Is it just my friends, or is nearly everyone on an absurd diet these days? One friend says she’s on a “primal” diet. She’s trying to eat like cavemen and will devour wild game when she can get it. Another goes on a month-long “detox” fast each year. Somehow, he survives on nothing but lemonade …

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Jun 18 2013

A rotten bacon behemoth: If a Chinese company’s bid to acquire Smithfield goes through, consumers and farmers will suffer.

American consumers may not even notice the change if a newly proposed takeover by China’s largest meat processor of our nation’s leading pork company goes through. But the $4.7 billion transaction would certainly show up on our plates: in the form of farmer exploitation, more factory farms, and a more complicated supply chain that increases …

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Jun 15 2013

Catching Monsanto’s drift: Frankenwheat crops are sprouting like weeds in Oregon.

Bob Dylan once sent a two-word lyric to Ben Harper, a talented songwriter he admired. “Well well,” was the lyric, and Dylan challenged Harper to make a song of it. He did! By adding another “well” to the title, Harper wrote “Well, well, well” — a stinging lament about America’s clean-water well going dry due …

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Jun 10 2013

A frog-jumping double standard on food subsidies

I’ll bet that Mark Twain, who wrote “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” would’ve loved a current saga. I call it “The Jumping Congress Critter of Frog Jump.” The critter’s name is Representative Stephen Fincher. He’s a millionaire, agribusiness operator, gospel singer, and tea party Republican who was elected to Congress in 2010 from …

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Jun 07 2013

None of my business: We have a cockeyed view of poverty in America.

It was late, I was grumpy, and the woman in front of me was buying cigarettes. I noticed the items in her cart: brand-name snacks, colas, and frozen foods. I looked at how she dressed, considered the carton of cigarettes she requested, and made a wager to myself that she would pay with government assistance. …

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Jun 04 2013

Money still can’t buy happiness: And we finally have a nation that’s taking that reality to heart.

What makes us happy? In America, we’ve been asking this question ever since 1776, the year we declared for “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Back then, Americans seeking more happiness had little more than guesswork to go by. Now we have help: a new science of happiness with years of research findings behind …

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