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David McClurkin
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This personal perspective by a working journalist in Ireland covers some important territory and is written in an honest, albeit reserved manner.  Skip past the overwrought headline and subhead.  The significance is in showing the reader more about how his writing is informed by his personal experience with the Troubles - but that he does not use it to define his writing or his style.  He is actually covering  an important aspect of his craft - maintaining honest disengagement in writing the news of the day, even when it touches many emotional nerves.

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Not to be missed. A wide-ranging Monitor Breakfast that continues the rich tradition of important interviews.

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The practices of curation have morphed to be as much, if not more, about sharing, not just caring for the objects, ideas and insights involved.  Social media's reliance on curating skills prompts me to ask, "If one does not share with others, is it really curation?  Ruth Walker's walk through the word's various uses and forms here is very entertaining.

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The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and its wide-ranging aftermath were brilliantly  reported in the Monitor and its website with hundreds of articles in the eleven months since the awful event.  From that first weekend it was clear that Monitor editors, writers and staff were focused in a way that gave respect for both the victims and our sensibilities while still getting the story out. That intensity with respect to Newtown and the related issues of mental health, family values, violence reduction and weapons regulation have been among the Monitor's finest efforts.  The March 11th issue of the Weekly gave a particularly valuable look at how the community was even then working its way through coping with such a shocking loss of lives.  It was written in keeping with the forward looking articles we all treasure reading regularly in this extraordinary example of journalism at its best.  "Healing Newtown" was the cover page headline. Today's article continues in that tradition and points to much progress being made toward healing.  Thank you for keeping the focus forward.  

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In news other than government shutdown today, there is this from the Cleveland Plain Dealer Editorial Board...
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Here's one of the best chances to better understand what's going on in Washington these days. Rep. Van Hollen is making clear distinctions for us and the gathered reporters. The video is an hour well worth listening to and watching. It is also another great example of how the Monitor continues to do such an outstanding job of engaging and informing its audience.

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So, looks like progressive thinking these days. Is it just being PC, or does this story point to fundamental change in the thinking of everyday Irish citizens?

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More children at risk.....
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Closer to home than Syria. More children at risk here as Ohio is less civilized now when Guns are allowed in Oberlin parks http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2013/09/issue_over_whether_guns_are_le.html … 

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Ambassador Peters makes a cogent case, but lack of progress on textile-factory safety standards suggests that greater leverage from outside the country is needed to motivate effective action. Several retailers have pledged assertive action to improve factory conditions there. Others, not so much. What should be our response as individual consumers?  Mine has two parts and is simple and direct.

First, I will no longer use or purchase products from retailers named until they have demonstrated the worth of their words by announcing details in a few months of what has been accomplished. Second, based on the labels already found in my closet, contact the several retailers who are not mentioned in previous articles and inquire of them what steps they are taking to regain the trust of this particular consumer by working with suppliers to improve factory safety.

During this time of sorting things out, those items will remain in the closet unused - and serve as a reminder that there is unfinished work to be done - and that we consumers are a big part of the equation.   
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