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John Fockler

Lessons of the Roman Hoard

Recently, in a Facebook thread, another poster asked why anyone would need to own a powerful weapon, such as the AR-15 which was recently used in yet another brutal, senseless shooting of innocent victims.  He claimed (and I have no reason to doubt his word) that he has never fired a gun himself, although I …

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Trouble Melts Like Lemon Drops

Someday I’ll wish upon a starAnd wake up where the clouds are farBehind me.Where troubles melt like lemon dropsAway above the chimney topsThat’s where you’ll find me. “Over The Rainbow” by Harold Arlen You may not live in the “Merry Old Land of Oz,” but politicians make their livings by pretending to be the Wizard. …

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Educating Americans

Primary and secondary education in this country is an embarrassment.  OK, OK, that’s an exaggeration, to some degree.  We have many fine schools in this country, some private and some tax-supported.  But overall, we are being taken to the cleaners by almost every other developed country in the world, educationally speaking.  So what do we …

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The message IS the message

One thing I learned growing up is that communication is the art and the craft of conveying meaning from one person to another. My mother, God bless her, taught me that. This means that the craft just isn’t happening until the message has been received and understood. The artistry and elegance with which it is …

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