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ALL COLUMNS BY JEFFREY D. WALKER

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41. athletes and drugs
cheating is one thing. but what if it's not?
news - discussion
2.13.09 : feature column!

Suppose you are a football player... the American version. So, you're on a football team, and you have access to all the equipment for your team as well as your adversaries. And let's suppose that, on one particular evening before a game, you sneak into the locker rooms and switch all the shoulder pads and helmets for all the other players out for heavier, more cumbersome padding, saving the only regular set for yourself. Your switcharoo is not noticed until after the game of your life the next...
42. soda disobedience
what would thoreau do if faced with a soda tax?
news - criticism
1.14.09 : feature column!

Somewhere back in high school or college, I can't remember which, I was instructed to read Henry David Thoreau. Much like anything else I was told to read in school, I didn't enjoy it much, nor did I appreciate it much. Yeah, I was that guy – didn't like to read. I still don't. But in Thoreau's case, it went beyond the simple "I don't want to read a book for school" feeling, and ventured into the "man, I really hate this bastard" realm. In hindsight, I realize now that I didn't actually hat...
43. woe the big 3
automakers want a bailout, but why should they get one?
news - criticism
12.12.08 : feature column!

I like cars. I even like movies centered around cars, i.e.: Gone in 60 Seconds, Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run, Vanishing Point, Days of Thunder and The Fast and the Furious. I also like politics. You aren't bestowed the title of "chief white house correspondent" for nothing around here. So when the Big 3 automakers are on Capital Hill, you know I'm watching. The request for money by the Big 3 was broken up into two trips, the first summarized like this: Carmakers: We need a financ...
44. saving for the other things
if the best things in life are free, you should at least save on the other things
general - improvement
11.17.08 : feature column!

I read IM contributor Lucy Lediaev's piece posted last week in the gallery entitled Belt tightening. I thought I'd add my 2 cents on trying to make the most of your money. The first thing you have to do is have some sort of budget to see where your money is going. Until recently, a "budget" was more like, "do I have enough to pay all my bills?”. The answer usually being yes, that was the end of it. Anything left over was thus fair game for blowing on... whatever. I didn't really keep track ...
45. constructing the underdog, part x: russia
or, gettin' folksy with the undecided
news - discussion
10.20.08 : feature column!

This article is the last in a series intended to foster open discussions on the issues as we get set to elect the next President of the United States. See more info about the concept here. You're invited to add your two cents by joining the discussion. I heard a gentleman in the grocery store talking about undecided voters in Ohio. He said that the candidates couldn't be more different, and that he was pretty sure that an "undecided voter" really meant that a person was thinking, "I'm not sure ...
46. constructing the underdog, part ix: space
or, if the space program isn't your bag, there's a bit about foreign policy at the end
news - discussion
9.17.08 : feature column!

This article is part of a series intended to foster open discussions on the issues as we get set to elect the next President of the United States. See more info about the concept here. You're invited to add your two cents by joining the discussion. And in case you might be wondering, I'm saying nothing about the vice-president could-bes. It's the first name on the ticket who'll do the job, so stay focused. I wanted to be an astronaut as kid. Of course, I thought it would be more like Star War...
47. constructing the underdog, part viii: having faith
it's all about your world view
news - discussion
8.18.08 : feature column!

This article is part of a series intended to foster open discussions on the issues as we get set to elect the next President of the United States. See more info about the concept here. You're invited to add your two cents by joining the discussion. [[writer's note: this piece was turned in absolutely, positively, last-minute late [as my editor can tell you]. Sorry, but it was due to a recent religious experience]] I wasn't planning on address faith in this series. As you may know, I am not ...
48. constructing the underdog, part vii: mortgages
why should the government help people who can't afford the houses they bought?
news - discussion
7.25.08 : feature column!

This article is part of a series intended to foster open discussions on the issues as we get set to elect the next President of the United States. See more info about the concept here. You're invited to add your two cents by joining the discussion. Recently, it's been hard to avoid stories about the "mortgage crisis" in America. Many of your favorite and not-so-favorite news organizations probably just ran a story about it. Congress is hammering out measures intended to protect mortgagees and...
49. constructing the underdog, part vi: health care
we all could use it, but who should pay for it?
news - discussion
6.20.08 : feature column!

This article is part a series intended to foster open discussions on the issues as we get set to elect the next President of the United States. See more info about the concept here. You're invited to add your two-cents by joining the discussion. It seems like forever ago that I wrote an article with the name Mike Huckabee in it, but really, it was only in January. By March, Huckabee's campaign ended. Three months later (earlier this month), Hillary Clinton ended her campaign. And so, with ...
50. constructing the underdog, part v: gas and class
what we're paying for and what our presidential hopefuls say about it.
news - discussion
5.21.08 : feature column!

This article is part of a series intended to foster open discussions on the issues as we get set to elect the next President of the United States. See here for more info on the concept. You're invited to add your two-cents by joining the discussion. This one is a two-fer; two topics in one column. And after spending the past two months covering Iraq and Israel, it's time I bring it back home and cover topics that in all likelihood impact you directly (given my demographic). This month, I'm tal...
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RAVES

re: the little red obama

I'm glad someone's paying attention. Obama's biggest problem, I think, is PR.

re: how doing it can help the economy

Even though I'm ambivalent about it.

re: the cylon election?

The column I would have written on the subject. Great capture of the current national mindset... plus Cylons!

re: picking a spouse

absolute truth, and you would know. Thanks for this column!

re: picking a spouse

Brilliant observations, and proof that you have considerable common sense as well (particularly in your choice of wife)

re: no mosque, no mosque

Although I disagree with you, you make the kind of common sense argument I would have made on the other side. If political debate were more like this, we'd be in a lot better shape right now.

re: no mosque, no mosque

I would feel much more charitable towards the G.O.P. if they realized the absurd extent of their hypocrisy.

re: no mosque, no mosque

A little sanity. Thanks.

re: the men who stare at boobs

This. Is. Brilliant.

re: the men who stare at boobs

Funny and provocative. Title is once in a lifetime. Nice work, Jeff.

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