Sholeh Patrick

You’re a grand old (living) flag

June 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

What is it about a piece of cloth that can cause such intense emotion? Nearly two and a half centuries after a painful war of independence and its official adoption by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777, the Stars and Stripes continu...

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Tough guys take care of themselves

June 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

For men and all who love them: This is Men’s Health Week — a perfect prelude to Father’s Day. Since memorialized by congressional resolution in 1994, the annual program heightens awareness of common and preventable health problems, and prov...

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NATO: Why keep a boot in Europe?

June 07, 2018 at 5:00 am

Mrs. Language Person stumbled in Tuesday’s column about acronyms and initialisms, defining NATO as the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance. Turns out, that’s not entirely wrong. While the “O” indeed stands for “Organization,” NATO is also referr...

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MLP: Taken to the acronym woodshed

June 05, 2018 at 5:00 am

Let it not be said that Mrs. Language Person, that Snitty Old Biddy, is infallible. Mais non; in fact, learn she did from one Mr. Intern Person (with initials MG). What lovely irony; he who endeavored to learn did also teach. Wait — what? M...

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Go ahead: Feed your ‘second brain’

May 31, 2018 at 5:00 am

Last minute still counts: May is Mental Health Month.Mind and body are inseparable; one invariably affects the other. So when we talk about health, we can’t focus only on the heart, brain, or stomach; it’s all interconnected. That’s why thi...

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Behind the words ‘ethics,’ ‘morals’

May 29, 2018 at 5:00 am

Hearing the words, “that’s immoral” or “it’s unethical” induces contemplation. What makes it so? As perceptions shift over time, some believe we don’t hear such laments often enough — that morals have somehow degraded. Others see the same c...

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No, we won’t ever forget them

May 24, 2018 at 5:00 am

America has steadfastly set aside a day to commemorate those who died in battle. Memorial Day was a response to the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War, and a loss of 620,000 soldiers on both sides. According to news reports, that’s just...

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Know the signs of stroke

May 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

Odds are you know someone who’s suffered a stroke. Some leave obvious physical effects. One side — of the face, or more of the body — may droop without muscle function. Perhaps speech slurs. Other strokes aren’t evident at a glance. Memory ...

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Is it time for public campaign financing?

May 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

The thorny problems of campaign financing put candidates and voters in a tough spot. To have a chance, candidates — especially at state and national levels — need a big chunk of change to reach all voters with even their most basic messages...

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What to look for in a judge

May 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

Shout out to political independents: Don’t miss today’s nonpartisan races — it’s not just a primary. In addition to the party primaries for congressional, legislative, state, and local offices, today’s ballot includes a very important, nonp...

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