Opinion

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Your mailman delivers Santa magic each Christmas season

Overwhelmed this time of year, Santa Claus has delegated the answering of his letters to committees, and your mailman has been certified as the chair of the Royal Oak Elves Committee.

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What is Hanukkah really all about?

Solstice? revolution? religious miracle? military might? Like most things, this holiday can be viewed from multiple perspectives.

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Thankful for Thanksgiving

While I don't care much about Columbus Day (except that there's no school, which when my kids were younger was a pain), I do like Thanksgiving.

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Worth repeating: July 4th should inspire us toward third revolution

Nine years ago we published a still-relevant editorial about the Fourth of July, titled "Toward a third revolution." What we said then bears repeating.

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Happy Independence Day!

A government "of the people, by the people, and for the people"?  Hardly.  Try a government "of the one percent, by the one percent, and for the one percent."

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The revolutionary hope of Christmas

Nearly smothered beneath piles of gift catalogs, nearly drowned in a sea of  elevator-music Christmas carols, there burns a persistent secret flame.

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Crowded theaters: Quick view of holiday movies

Jim Lane reviews Black Swan, Tangled, The Tourist and True Grit.

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Unions — a reason to give thanks this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving  is a grand American holiday: secular, focused on family, food, friends, celebrating and giving.

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It’s anti-capitalism, Charlie Brown

Forty-four years ago, pop culture received an unexpected push leftward with "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

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Here comes the sun

In earliest human society, survival through the winter was no sure thing, and wintertime starvation was common. Then comes the Winter Solstice.