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Casual Fridays Radio Show airs each Friday at noon (and again at 11 p.m.) on Lakeshore Public Radio, WLPR, 89.1-FM, streaming at http://lakeshorepublicmedia.org/local-programs/casual-fridays/. Listen to previous shows at that site also.

Campaign signs don’t vote, but they still count in political races

October 22, 2014

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Political campaign signs have always intrigued me. With Election Day just around the corner, it’s impossible to miss all the signs sprouting like weeds in residents’ yards, along public roads, and even in vacant lots. But what good are they? The old adage is, “Yard signs don’t vote,” but of course name recognition matters. This […]

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Best campaign strategy: Pounding pavement, shaking hands, listening

October 21, 2014

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Say what you will about costly billboards, cyberspace campaigns, and glitzy, glossy brochures, but the best campaign strategy is still pounding the pavement, shaking voters’ hands, and knocking on their doors while handing out fliers or promises. Meeting candidates face to face, even for a few minutes of driveway conversation, always sways me one way […]

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What really scares you? I mean, seriously frightens you?

October 10, 2014

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What really scares you? I mean, seriously frightens you? With Halloween on the horizon, surely it can’t be ghouls, ghosts and goblins, or slasher movies, haunted houses and silly costumes. Through the years, I’ve asked readers this same simple question. Their responses have run the gamut, from cliché to candid, and heartfelt to hilarious. For […]

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Ebola fears infecting us with… mass hypochondria

October 10, 2014

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Not surprisingly in America the Paranoid, the fear of contracting Ebola is already triggering mass hypochondria with thousands of false-alarm visits at hospital emergency rooms across the country, health officials report. Chicken Little-types and political nut-jobs are screaming to others, “Contagion terrorism!” and “Obama’s African connection!” and the “Rampant vector of infection is God’s will!” […]

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‘I feel I’m at least throwing a rock at those sons-a-bitches’

September 11, 2014

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NEW YORK CITY – SEPT. 2001 John Novello didn’t care if he hauled off twisted steel, filled buckets with rubble or passed out water bottles to strangers. He just wanted to do something. So on Friday, the 50-year-old Schererville man got out of bed early, drank his morning cup of coffee, threw some work gear […]

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1,000 words can’t match a single action

September 3, 2014

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Wouldn’t it be great if all those blow-hard opinionated critics of our government (and related issues) would spend their boundless energy, anger and diatribes to actually do something – anything – about their broken-record complaints, instead of continually vomiting their verbal diarrhea without doing a damn thing? As a writer of literally tens of thousands […]

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1,000 words pale in comparison to a single action

September 3, 2014

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Wouldn’t it be great if all those blow-hard opinionated critics of our government (and related issues) would spend their boundless energy, anger and diatribes to actually do something – anything – about their broken-record complaints, instead of continually vomiting their verbal diarrhea without doing a damn thing? As a writer of literally tens of thousands […]

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