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Entries by Byron Williams from 02/2012

Blind Allegiance Is Good for Sports, Bad for Political Debate

| Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics

The cable news shows that we watch, the radio stations to which we listen, the websites we visit, and the columnists we read too often are designed to merely validate our preconceived notions. It is comforting perhaps, but it is hardly a process that produces a more informed citizenry.

Romney's "Poor" Comments Have Bipartisan Support

| Posted 02.09.2012 | Politics

Politicians' abhorrence to discussing the poor in any real sense reflects the Faustian bargain made with the electorate. This holds true even for those who may haven fallen into poverty's grip.

Voltaire's Critique of Whitney Houston

| Posted 02.14.2012 | Entertainment

The effervescent smile, the incredible vocal range, the talent on loan from the divine is permanently silent. We have no idea what it was like to walk for one hour in Whitney Houston's shoes.

Human Interest Stories Reveal the Worst in Us

| Posted 02.29.2012 | Celebrity

At what point in our public discourse does good taste factor? Do reasonable persons determine good taste only after our desires for the sensational have irretrievably crossed the moral line? Maybe poor taste is an oversimplification.