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Those Fighting Words

When I was growing up, my mom frequently told us kids when we argued, “Don’t use fighting words.” In our house “fighting words” included the words “never” and “always.” These polarizing and emotion-causing words were just simply not allowed.  “You never let me do anything” or “You think you’re always right” are frequently thrown around …

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When Fame is an Idol

Recently, I ran across a Los Angeles Times op-ed on mass shootings and media coverage. Written by James Densley, a sociologist and professor of criminal justice at Metropolitan State University, and Jillian Peterson, a psychologist and professor of criminology and criminal justice at Hamline University, the op-ed provides revealing information regarding mass shootings:  Studies estimate …

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