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        I like the idea that National Newspaper Week and Great Books Week both happen on Oct. 7-13. Journalism has been famously – and accurately – described as “the first rough draft of history.”

        The authors of great books must paint complete pictures from the rough sketches that journalists start. There are countless examples such as “The Best and the Brightest,” the late David Halberstam’s account of the politics and tragedy behind the war in Vietnam.

Right to Try provides a license to cash in on patient fears

        More than 1.7 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year. One in three of those patients will eventually succumb to it.

        Knowing these odds, patients and their loved ones want quicker access to the latest medicines -- even if they are still at an experimental stage.

        That's why so many Americans applauded passage of the "Right To Try Act," which was signed by President Trump in May. The measure creates a legal pathway for terminally ill patients to access new medications that have only been through one phase of Food and Drug Administration approval.

Writer asks: Is the spirit of 1968 coming back to life?

By Robert C. Koehler

        I was a hippie/bicycle delivery boy living in San Francisco when the Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago 50 years ago, so I absorbed the chaos, the police riot, from half a continent away, but I knew with absolute certainty that the nation was changing and I was part of it.

        We were in the violent spasm of transition. How long would it last? MLK and RFK, as they called for peace and sanity and civil rights for all, had just been assassinated. This was the God of War, turning its vengeance inward.

 

 

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