Thoughts & Views: When child’s play isn’t

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Today’s column was prompted by a news item out of Washington State. Last month, the Mercer Island, Wash., school district tried to ban students from playing “Tag” at recess, supposedly “to ensure [their] physical and emotional safety.” Running around and tagging other children was apparently deemed too dangerous to body and… Continue Reading

Thoughts & Views: To celebrate wretched writing

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In 1982, the English Department at California’s San Jose State University launched the annual Bulwer- Lytton Fiction Contest, inviting deliberately “wretched writers” to compose “the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels.” The contest is named for 19th century British author Edward George Bulwer- Lytton, whose novel “Paul Clifford” begins,… Continue Reading

Thoughts & Views: Can technology trigger trust?

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For many communities today, distrust reigns between minorities and the local gendarmes. We have been focused on outcries from Staten Island, N.Y., from Cincinnati, Ohio; from North Charleston, S.C.; and from Baltimore, Md., among other places, where there have been allegations of uniformed personnel overstepping their bounds. In all these cases,… Continue Reading