Tag Archives: violence

‘Campus carry,’ hardware store ‘hero’ and more gun madness

It’s only a matter of time — weeks, days, hours . . . minutes? — until the next mass shooting in America. We’re all so tired of this. Tired of the “thoughts and prayers,” the anger and intransigence on both … Continue reading

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A confrontation that was worth it — for one of us, anyway

In more than 30 years of running the roads, I have encountered intentional bad behavior only a few times. Once, passing teenagers spit out the window and nailed me good. A few other times, oncoming drivers have laid on the horn … Continue reading

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‘Silent Witnesses’ to domestic violence no more

Dani was in an abusive relationship for two years. One time she awoke on the floor and heard her abuser ask someone else in the room what he should do with the body. When Dani stirred, he told her, “Baby, … Continue reading

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Bathroom assault leaves victim near death … cue the video!

I got that queasy feeling the other day when I read about two brothers who assaulted a man in a crowded restroom at a pro football game. Apparently the victim nudged one of the brothers to let him know of an … Continue reading

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A premature ‘Last Lecture’: Time Wounds All Heels

Tomorrow I will send a letter to each of my three sons, ages 25 to almost 21. I started the letter in 2008, shortly after a good friend died in his sleep at age 52. My friend never married, never … Continue reading

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Two incidents, hours apart: one a sickness, the other a cure

Yesterday, in the city where I work, an incident took place that was so horrific, our community needs to heal. I’ll get to that incident shortly, but first here is a counterpoint that took place a few hours later. I … Continue reading

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Nothing like coming across a strong-arm robbery in broad daylight

I always wear running shoes at work, and this story is the reason. On a lunch break three summers ago I decided to walk across downtown to my bank. I was wearing dress shoes, which I loathe because they hurt … Continue reading

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