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About Chris Malette

Chris Malette is a retired newspaper journalist with 35 years of experience as a reporter and city editor. Over his career, Malette covered municipal and federal politics, military, health and court beats. He has reported from Somalia, Bosnia, Haiti and covered relief efforts in Honduras in the wake of Hurricane Mitch in 1998. He now works for SPN News as an editorial columnist.

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You’ve seen them. You may have even cursed them or been involved in a near miss with them in traffic. They’re the old dears who, well into their 70s and 80s and older who are still behind the wheel. Well, Millennium Motorist, get ready for more and more of them because Baby Boomers are now […]

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Your dad may have taught you it’s a manly thing to have a firm one. You may have a softer version for your aunt or grandmother. But, did you ever consider, despite handshaking’s long history and worldwide practice, that it might not be healthy? Sure, many who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) abhor the […]

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Oh my aching back. Wait a minute. That could be a bulged disc! Or maybe, just maybe, I have a tumor on my spine! Better look it up on the Internet, see what those symptoms mean. Most of us who have access to a computer and the Internet have, at some point, gone to the […]

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“No one can avoid aging, but aging productively is something else.” — Katharine Graham   It’s not something many tech-savvy young adults care to think about, nor do they give it a passing nod, it seems. According to the Pew Research Center, younger adults are growing more and more detached from the longer view of […]

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As a newspaper editor, I used to play music on either computer speakers or a garage sale ghetto blaster, quietly, as background to the scanners, ringing phones and other clamor of the newsroom. To some, it was an annoyance and, understandably, when it was a distraction, the volume went down or off. But, there were […]

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You see them every day. They serve you your morning coffee, greet you at your discount department store and make your pizza for dinner. They’re minimum wage earners and they’re under water, for the most part, and not entirely owing to where they live. The Center for American Progress used the example of Aarin Foster, […]

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Who, in their right mind, would subject babies and young children to life-threatening disease and life-altering illness? Turns out, many — millions, worldwide, in fact, for reasons of religious beliefs, ill-starred personal ‘ethical’ reasons, or simply listening to the cockamamy pronouncements of B-list celebrities. Anne Geddes is a world-renowned photographer whose images are most famous […]

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The story exploded over the weekend. Longtime professional basketball team owner Donald Sterling is under investigation by the NBA for racist remarks he is alleged to have made to his girlfriend. TMZ Sports obtained audio of Sterling making the racist declaration during a heated argument on April 9 with V. Stiviano, Sterling’s girlfriend, after she […]

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“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who […]

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We’re not getting any younger. And neither are our parents. It’s a fact we’re living longer but, with the dismal state of personal finances for an increasing number of North Americans, as the number of people who are living well into their 80s and 90s increases, the number who are doing so in poverty or […]

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“We must stop criminalizing mental illness. It’s a national tragedy and scandal that the L.A. County Jail is the biggest psychiatric facility in the United States.” — Elyn Saks  Saks knows of which she speaks. She is Associate Dean and Orrin B. Evans professor of law, psychology, and psychiatry and the behavioral sciences at the […]

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We’ve all heard of them. Why there may be one in your basement or it could be you. We’re talking about young adults who, for a variety of reasons – most of them financial – are still living with their parents or a parent. It’s a growing trend, as surveys have found, and showing little […]

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You’re a typical teen. Your fingers verily fly over your keyboard or iPad when you’re bored, looking for something to view. Invariably, you’re going to punch up a porn site and, Whoa, duuude! There’s a whole new world of fun out there for you. Easy, as I said, as a key stroke. But, what is […]

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Like polar bears, who have been known in the wild and in captivity to eat their young, we’re watching, stunned, as the holiest-of-the-holy liberals eat their young before our eyes. Liberals, at least some, it seems, have been shown in the past few weeks to have as little tolerance as their conservative counterparts when it […]

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How are your teeth? How are your kids’ teeth? Not so good, huh? Certainly not if you’re among those without comprehensive workplace dental plans or are on some form of government supported aid for dental coverage. Supposedly, under the Affordable Care Act, or Omabacare, it was one of the panacea benefits for millions of Americans. […]

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