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GMOs – Safe or Unsafe?

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Genetically modified organisms remain part of the national debate. Are they safe? Are they not? What’s the truth? Unfortunately, a lot of the answers are not yet knowable because the long-term consequences of genetic manipulation of foodstuffs cannot be learned … Continue reading

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Why I Write Science Fiction

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I’ve long loved the science fiction classics, like Dune, Foundation, Rendezvous with Rama and Fahrenheit 451. But I didn’t start out writing science fiction. I began with fantasies, westerns, mysteries, thrillers and literary fiction, none of which I published. I’ve … Continue reading

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Freedom & Change

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Freedom carries the burden of maintaining it. The trite saying that freedom isn’t free holds a lot of truth. To keep freedom, one must battle constantly against the forces that seek to defeat it. I’m not speaking here about external … Continue reading

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A Visit to Write On! Radio as a Guest

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Tuesday, March 22nd, I not only host a visit with debut science fiction novelist Steve Toutonghi (author of Join), but also submit to questioning from my colleague Ian Graham Leask about my series of Sci Fi novels, The Devereaux Dilemma, … Continue reading

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Reflection on Beauty

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I squandered a week in Arizona recently, writing nothing, instead hiking the desert Southwest, ogling the cacti and lizards who populate the area, climbing toward the peaks of the foothills of the Rockies, descending to valleys that harbored mansions and … Continue reading

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Why do Our Leaders Ignore the Constitution?

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In the preamble it is written that “We the People” establish the Constitution to establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty to “ourselves and our Posterity.” Pretty … Continue reading

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Why Are We Militarizing the World?

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As of 2013, per a Department of Defense Base Structure Report, the US had 598 overseas bases in 40 foreign countries. Almost 200,000 military personnel were deployed at those bases, and the cost of maintaining all this military readiness reached … Continue reading

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Why Doubt Is Important

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We want to know things with certainty. We want to be able to classify actions and things and people into categories we can place in mental files, sorted into neat folders that we can retrieve when necessary. We dislike doubt. … Continue reading

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The Future of Religion

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Religions have evolved over thousands of years. They’re not static. Even the most staid ones embrace or at least permit new ideas at some point, even if those allowances are over relatively minor aspects of their belief systems. So we … Continue reading

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Why Do We Forsake Real News?

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It’s been happening for years: the delivery of infotainment in place of real news. I realize that most of us want infotainment, which is why we get it, but a few of us would like to be notified of important … Continue reading

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