News Commentary


Is the Business Handshake too Risky This Flu Season?

Remember the “Seinfeld” episode in which the failure to shake hands ruined a business deal? When Elaine’s boss, the publisher Mr. Lippman, sneezes and doesn’t have his handkerchief, he avoids …

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I Swear It’s True: Swearing Is a Bad Idea

Swearing has been much in the news lately. Consider these incidents just in the past few weeks: In politics: Bob McDonnell, the GOP candidate for governor in Virginia, said in …

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Walter Cronkite: Further Proof 1916 Was a Good Year

Walter Cronkite was an icon in my field, journalism. When he died recently, I learned that he had been born on Nov. 4, 1916. Birthdates in 1916 have always caught …

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Reflections on the Moon Landing

It was one of those “I remember exactly where I was” moments when the Eagle landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. As Neil Armstrong said, it truly was, …

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