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Both Oars In
August 01, 2012
Goodbye, at least for now
By Deacon Patrick Moynihan

Last week, Maureen Dowd, a celebrated columnist for the New York Times, waded into the debate on whether or not the statue of Joe Paterno should be removed from Beaver Stadium.

By the time Ms. Dowd’s column published on Sunday, July 22, Penn State had already made the wise and compassionate decision to take down the statue. In fact, it was unceremoniously shrouded and carried away that very morning.

What compelled Ms. Dowd to add her two cents to the debate at the last minute? I...

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July 24, 2012
Got gas? Yeah, a lot!
By Deacon Patrick Moynihan

Even with the invasion of campaign ads on YouTube and the copious coverage of the candidates’ stump speeches, there is one topic that we have not yet heard President Obama or Mr. Romney address sufficiently. It’s natural gas. Voters need to know where the candidates stand on whether or not the government should allow the exportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe and Asia. This is an important question; it deserves more public debate.

Thanks to a technique called hydraulic...

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July 17, 2012
Engaging where we live
By Deacon Patrick Moynihan

We are not North America. We may have more than twice the number of citizens and over six times the gross domestic product [GDP] as our two neighbors combined, but we still share this continent with two highly sophisticated and globally important nations. We are also not the largest land-holder or the oldest modern society in the region. It is time we acknowledge this positive reality and take more of an interest in our geographically closest allies, especially Mexico. 

Given the nearly...

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July 10, 2012
A Second Look at AGOA
By Deacon Patrick Moynihan

I had three distinct reactions to Nicholas Kristof’s June 30th op-ed titled “Africa on the Rise.”

First, I was put off by his generalizations. Does he really think that Americans, especially those who read The New York Times thoroughly enough to get to his column, still regard Africa simply as “a quagmire of famine and genocide, a destination only for a sybaritic safari or a masochistic aid mission”?

Does he really believe that US businesses are “only beginning to wake up to...

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July 03, 2012
Shifting Perspectives
By Deacon Patrick Moynihan

While watching a movie about British retirees struggling to adapt to their unexpected second life in India, I realized that I had missed a recent major transition point in my own life. Since last August, I have been married for longer than I was single. Thanks to several other thought provoking moments in the film regarding marriage and aging, I also realized that my mental reference point was no longer 23. For the first time, I felt exactly my age, 47, and happily so!

Subtly, without my...

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June 26, 2012
Migration is rational
By Deacon Patrick Moynihan

“Time Magazine” hit the stands last week with an intentionally provocative cover, picturing people from around the world with the caption “We are Americans – Just not legally.” I appreciate the sentiment and de facto reality of this statement. However, the impact of the cover and the corresponding article by Jose Antonio Vargas, may not be all that constructive. Both are a bit too menacing to move the immigration debate in a positive direction. 

It is no surprise that TIME is...

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June 19, 2012
Finding the Resolve to be a Nation of Losers
By Deacon Patrick Moynihan

During the past five years, my weight has rollercoastered between a fit 185 and an obese 226 pounds. At 200, I am currently just shy of being obese again, but I am earnestly working my way back below 190. I am not after a six pack or a beach body. I just don’t want to be grossly overweight. I also don’t want to end up with Type 2 diabetes or hypertension. And, above all, I don’t want to be part of our embarrassing and costly national trend toward portliness.

As a nation, we are...

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June 12, 2012
Loyalty of one
By Deacon Patrick Moynihan

In a newly released unauthorized biography of President Obama, Edward Klein reveals that Mr. Clinton urged Mrs. Clinton, as recently as last summer, to run against her boss, incumbent president and fellow party member whom the loosed-lipped former president evidently enjoys describing as an incompetent amateur—at least in private. When Mrs. Clinton demurred on the basis of being President Obama’s top cabinet member and political confidant, Mr. Clinton is reported by Klein to have stated,...

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June 05, 2012
Keeping my digital me to myself
By Deacon Patrick Moynihan

Twice in the past month, I have received urgent emails asking for money from friends whose accounts had been compromised by hacker-con artists. Both emails were blatantly obvious for what they were. The first was supposedly from a colleague stuck in the Philippines whom I would be far more likely to call for help than vice versa. The second came from the account of a former employee who I know is too careful and prudent to have had her wallet lifted in Spain. Neither fooled me for a minute....

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May 29, 2012
The practicality of truth
By Deacon Patrick Moynihan

For a nation that holds truth in such high regard, we are often lackadaisical about seeking it. Disagree? Be honest, when was the last time you sought the truth in a difficult personal matter rather than simply looking for a way to move on? Likewise, when was the last time you felt you got the truth on a matter of national importance? Get the point?

Possibly, we regard pursuit of the truth as an esoteric journey better left to philosophers or theologians. We may see the truth as too elusive...

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