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A fix for tech laws

Last year I had a problem with my van's air conditioner. I took the van to a local mechanic (I hate taking the car to the dealership and avo

August 7, 2018

Contraception over intimidation

The local Planned Parenthood closed last week. An opinion piece in The Journal Gazette Sunday by Wendy Stein expressed many of my frustrati

July 17, 2018

Lack of leadership

What does it mean for a country to lead? Is leading actually a good thing? As the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm, but the second

July 3, 2018

Courting disaster

I used to love the federal courts. I thought it was the part of our government where ideas mattered most. Arguments were evaluated on their

June 19, 2018

Lessons of last battle

Ebola is back. I've read short news stories here and there, but this has not yet gotten the full attention of the international media. The

June 5, 2018

'On the shoulders of giants'

On March 20, The Journal Gazette published a column by Christer Watson (“Better for him – and us/Inclusion benefits Down syndrom

May 18, 2018

Room for doubt

I've spent the last couple of years avoiding a lot of political writing. Part of that avoidance is probably because I haven't liked the news

May 15, 2018


Nugent rhetoric unworthy of Foellinger stage I am writing to echo the sentiments expressed by Alan Candioto in a letter published April 21

May 9, 2018

A worthy idea -bank on it

Sometimes I read a number that just shocks me into thinking how different some people's lives are from mine. That happened to me last week.

May 1, 2018

You want a revolution?

Within the science and technology press, I keep reading stories about new developments in artificial intelligence. Neural networks, specifi

April 17, 2018

Significant sampling

Gun control is in the news again after February's Parkland, Florida school shooting. Somewhat famously, scientific research on the effects o

April 3, 2018

Better for him - and us

Tomorrow my family will be celebrating World Down Syndrome Day. It has been a little over five years since we celebrated my son Max's birth.

March 20, 2018

Elementary insight

I was putting my two sons to bed last week when my older one, in third grade, starting talking about the upcoming ISTEP tests. It was pretty

March 6, 2018

In stent results

Heart and circulatory system problems are common in the U.S. Heart disease, for example, kills about 600,000 a year in the U.S. When people

February 20, 2018

'Illusion of accuracy'

Most astronomers either work on using telescopes to make observations or using equations to craft new theories. I've heard this joke among a

February 6, 2018

Studies on teens present findings worth sleeping on

It has been a couple of years since Fort Wayne Community Schools rearranged its school start times. At the time, the main justification seem

January 16, 2018

Saturn's secrets

The year just passed saw the end of the Cassini satellite. It had a great run and ended in spectacular fashion, with both great drama and gr

January 2, 2018

Bitcoins: Are they worth all that effort?

Bitcoin is getting a lot of news coverage lately, mostly because its price has gone absolutely crazy.

December 19, 2017


Most people following tech news expect the Federal Communications Commission to repeal rules on net neutrality on Dec. 14. These principles

December 5, 2017

Halting harassment falls to us all

The wildfire-like spread of reporting on sexual harassment and sexual assault is both depressing and encouraging. I've been surprised how ma

November 21, 2017

The art of expression

Abuse of opioids has become an epidemic. Overdose deaths per year are greater than those of the HIV/AIDS epidemic peak in 1995. The day-to-d

November 7, 2017

Collision and coordination

As I write this on Sunday afternoon, the astronomy world is in a flutter. At 10 a.m. Monday, there will be an announcement – made by t

October 17, 2017

Healthy debate

Every time I read in the papers about vaccines, it seems to be some variation on people being worried about them despite overwhelming eviden

October 3, 2017

Construction woes flooding Houston

I live in the West Central neighborhood, a few blocks from the St. Marys River. When my wife and I were first looking at our house, we had t

September 19, 2017

Season of change

It is the start of a new school year. I love the activity around this season on a university campus. The hustle and bustle of students movin

September 5, 2017