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Opinion in Brief: Tortured logic

September 21, 2006 Executive Editor 0

In pushing for Congress to accept his definition of torture in place of the one provided by the Geneva Conventions, President Bush has started down a road of hair-splitting logic that threatens the safety of our soldiers abroad. If we can decide on our own definition of humane treatment, what stops other countries from choosing theirs as well?

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has warned in a letter that redefining torture could cause us to lose the moral high ground in the war on terror.

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In search of Dr. Phil’s wife

September 21, 2006 Executive Editor 0

I hate to admit it, but I occasionally watch “The Dr. Phil Show.” I like to think it keeps me up-to-date on what’s happening in the psyche of America’s middle class. Many times it’s hard to stay tuned, but I’ve developed an “I love to hate the Dr. Phil show” attitude.

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A different side of Islam

September 21, 2006 Executive Editor 0

Once again the Muslim world is under the spotlight, this time in regards to Pope Benedict’s recent comments on Prophet Muhammad. He quoted a Byzantine emperor stating that Muhammad has brought nothing new to the world that wasn’t “evil and inhumane.” However, his comments are not unusual, as they fit into a centuries-old stream of anti-Islamic rhetoric coming from those solely seeking to provoke a negative reaction from Muslims.

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Opinion in Brief

September 18, 2006 Executive Editor 0

Safe, but not yet safe

The rhetoric coming from the Bush administration during the time of the fivth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, was this: though safer, we are not yet safe.

It’s an interesting balancing act to play in an election year – pretending to be steadfast guardian of the country while acknowleding that something could still go wrong.