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Commentary > China Post > Daniel J. Bauer
Any thinking person could quickly tick off a list of concerns that come to mind in the wake of the violence that broke out within steps of the Taipei District Court last Wednesday after a legal proceeding in the so called "cat-death trial."
 
Events are unfolding every few minutes these days at the Olympic Games in Rio. Those events affect the whole world in ways large and small. It is all very exciting, inspiring, and at times surprising. News from the Olympics may occasionally also be sad.
 
Two weeks ago, back in the United States, the chair of the Democratic National Committee was forced to resign in disgrace in the opening hours of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
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Local media have recently said that Taiwan may soon follow the example of South Korea and pass legislation to require businesses which serve liquor to take on an important new role. That role, in a sense, is the role of friend or loved one.
 
Amid all the horrid news flooding into our lives these recent days from a dozen or more countries or well known cities, I picked up the paper this past Wednesday and nearly fell off my feet. Like everyone in Taiwan and, I trust, our friends in the People's Republic of China (PRC) as well, I felt dismayed.
 
Having been fooled in the past about a news story that later turned out to be a hoax, I am a little leery as I begin here to comment on a report from a pair of local English newspapers last week about an important man named Xi Jinping.
 
I've never had the opportunity to meet journalist Frank Ching, but if I ever get that privilege, I'd like to shake his hand and thank him for his fine work.
 
Unfortunately, a number of local educators might well have emitted a collective sigh of boredom in response to news last week of a cheating scandal in the academic world. Some of us can be forgiven, I'm afraid, for being just a little jaded by now.
 
If I do say so myself, writers of weekly newspaper columns do not have an easy time of it.
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I wanted to run the other way these recent days every time my mind bumped against Orlando and the massacre there.
 
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