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posticon Editorial - Alexa, Ain't Technology Grand?

Opinions | Friday, December 14, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Technology supposedly makes our lives better.  Yet how many times (this week) has someone told you that you had to wait because their computer was slow that day, or the corporate system was down.  How many times this week has your computer told you to 'please wait'?  (At least it says "please".)  How many documents have you lost?

As I write this on 'deadline day' I am a bit behind.  When I sat down at my desk this morning my computer informed me that some updates could not be completed unless I restarted my computer.  I thought it meant that my calendar app or something needed a quick reboot to enable the new features.  So I told it to go ahead and reboot.  But my computer must have meant it had a major operating system (OS) update, and it took over 40 minutes to complete.  I left my office, mumbling about deadlines and computers and Murphy, whose law has brought so much misery to us all...

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posticon Thoughts - Genetic Engineering Rogue or Pioneer?

Opinions | Friday, December 14, 2018 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts The headline was 'Mastering Evolution', and it blares out from a full page story about Dr. He Jiankui, the Chinese scientist described as 'super bright' by his Stanford post-doc advisor. Mastering evolution, indeed, as a YouTube video announced the world's first 'gene edited' babies.

His laboratory is in the People's Republic of China, where he secretly performed the experiment using the process known as CrispR and the twin girls were 'products' (not my term, but I hardly understand the process; it's the upshot, the outcome and consequences which astound and confound my limited brain) of in-vitro fertilization. The IVF is something which we hardly even think twice about nowadays, but if you remember it was the source of its own controversy and table-pounding arguments more than twenty years ago.

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posticon Letters - Lansing Rod and Gun Club

Opinions | Friday, December 14, 2018 | By Dan Broadway Print
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mailmanOn the Lansing Rod and Gun Club Environmental Pollution

I read recently that some people feel that the Lansing Rod and Gun club supporters' side of this issue hasn't been heard. It seems to me that since actions speak louder than words, we have heard from them. The rod and gun club are in the process of constructing another shooting range and have stated through their lawyer that they don't need to clean up the lead already deposited.

I was at a town board meeting in the Spring where a club member explained how a sanctioned event is run. (Perhaps this is one reason their current lawyer told them not to say anything.) He said a typical event has about 175 participants, each taking 300 shots.

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