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Opinions | Friday, May 25, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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After a brief blackout Tuesday night my computer suffered an IP address conflict on our network, so I restarted it to resolve the problem.  The famous Apple chime, followed by the black logo screen with a progress bar... which sat there doing nothing once the bar reached 100%.  Oh oh...

My first reaction was panic, the same panic we all feel when we realize how dependent on computers we have become, and what a disaster it would be to lose everything. Would there even be a Lansing Star this week?  What about the articles that were on that computer, but not yet on the Web site?  Yikes!

Then I reasoned with myself. I back up a lot, so nothing is actually lost. I can access a good deal of what I need on external USB drives, and the rest, I suppose, will have to go into next week's issue.  No big deal.  Then I went back to panic.  Because, NO COMPUTER!

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posticon Thoughts - Sports Gambling - An Inferior Good

Opinions | Friday, May 25, 2018 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts It was about this time of the year in 1972. I was a Specialist Five on Hill 327 outside of DaNang, Republic of Vietnam. The Stars and Stripes was doing its best to give Richard Nixon most of its red, white and blue ink (figuratively, that is) while he visited the People's (read: Communist) Republic of China for the first time in American history. Other than Dear Abby, week old comic strips (sans Doonesbury) and a few one paragraph stories from various locales 'back in the world', that little eight page broadsheet was agog with pictures and anecdotes of the U.S. President smiling with those whom he had castigated and despised for the previous thirty years while they toasted and grinned for the cameras.

The reason I remember this is because there was also an odd little sidelight about this historic trip which now seems strangely relevant in an obtuse way to current headlines. Chou En-Lai, Mao's right hand and ostensibly the guy who was really running the world's largest country, had held his first-ever news conference that day with a roomful of reporters. In front of whirring cameras and popping flash bulbs, the head of the Communist Chinese party, until now an unknown quantity, an enigma, dour faced and mysterious, was smiling and answering questions from the western press.

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posticon Letters - No Gun Violence Epidemic

Opinions | Friday, May 25, 2018 | By David Sutfin Print
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mailmanAll gun owners are killers!, All conservatives are racist!, The NRA is a terrorist organization!

True statements? No. By using that same logic, All blacks are gangbangers, all hispanics are drug dealers, and all muslims are terrorists. We all know that every single statement listed is false.

Let's be realistic. We are told by our politicians and community leaders, that we can't judge entire groups by the actions of a few deranged individuals. We all agree on that. With that said, why do most anti gun groups continually lump gun owners and NRA members in to one big group of extremists. Where is the logic?

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