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Gilbert Cranberg: A NEW TEAM AT THE NEW YORK TIMES
Sharp-eyed readers at the Times noticed something unusual in the May 13, 2016 issue. Missing from his usual slot on the Editorial Page was Andrew Rosenthal, customarily identified as Editorial Page Editor. Occupying his position as new Editorial Page Edit...
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Gilbert Cranberg: AN ANALYSIS OF THE IOWA CAUCUSES
[Editor's Note: On the eve of the 2016 Iowa caucuses, we reprint below a scathing critique of the state's caucus process written by Gil Cranberg nearly three decades ago. It is no less relevant today than it was when originally published.] The Iowa Caucus...
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Herb Strentz: IOWA GOP CAUCUS IGNORES WARNINGS OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS
With the praise lavished upon the Iowa caucuses as grassroots democracy and the attention that supposedly makes Iowa “the center of the political universe,” perhaps it is worth hearing from a few who would see the Feb. 1, 2016 caucuses as counter to the Ame...
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Herb Strentz: AMERICA CAN BE ‘GREAT’ – DESPITE TRUMP AND GOP DEBATES
Say what you will — and we all have — the lead-up to the 2016 election so far is….is….is? Well, maybe Shakespeare characterized much of the give-and-take among presidential candidates in “Much Ado About Nothing.” Or maybe he caught the spirit of today’s pol...
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Herb Strentz: CARTER FOR PRESIDENT? MAKES EVEN MORE SENSE TODAY!
Offered below is an Iowa newspaper's editorial endorsement of Gov. Jimmy Carter of Georgia for U.S. President. It likely was the first-in-the-nation endorsement for a candidate then known as “Jimmy Who?” But the endorsement resonates today because of Mr. Ca...
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Herb Strentz: AMERICAN HEROES—CAUSE FOR JOY AND LAMENT
The recent death of an American hero, Dr. Frances Kelsey, like the deaths of most real heroes, is cause for both joy and lament. Joy because such heroes reflect our society at its best; lament because of the contrast between their heroics and the shortcomin...
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Gilbert Cranberg: ELECTILE DYSFUNCTION
If you have suffered an election for more than four years, cease all electoral activity and seek help immediately. You may be suffering from Electile Dysfunction, a malady that afflicts large numbers of people and creates havoc for marital relations becaus...
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Gilbert Cranberg: JAPAN’S STUPIDITY
I went to war with Japan during WWII and am prepared to do it again given the move it is making to become once more a military power. Japan surrendered, unconditionally, in 1945 after being shown the error of its ways. Now, the Japanese once more want to i...
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Herb Strentz: WHO KNEW? CANDIDATES LOVE THE USA!
For a moment, on July 5, I longed for Nov. 9, 2016, the day after the presidential election. Then we’d be rid of insidious campaign ads, overblown rhetoric and questionable press coverage. But it dawned on me (1) at my age I should savor each day and not wi...
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Gilbert Cranberg: HOW THE PRESS HELPED FILL OUR PRISONS
On June 11, 2015 the New York Times devoted a big chunk of its front page and additional space on inside pages to the shortcomings of the bail system. What took so long?  In 1966 then-Attorney General Robert Kennedy convened a National Conference on bail r...
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