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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.

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Voting felons

September 18, 2006 Executive Editor 0

In response to Stephen Hicks’ article, “Voting rights for felons in Virginia” (Sept. 14, p. 20), I think a serious history lesson is in order here. The Voting Rights Act did remove the many barriers put in place to prevent people other than white men from voting, but the current system in place in Virginia that does not allow felons to vote or hold office hardly falls under discrimination, nor does it violate this act.