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It's that time of the year again, and a special time it truly is. I mean, of course, graduation time.
I just enjoyed the play “Mama Mia” on the stage of the Bai Lien Theater on my campus. Only moments ago, I walked from the hugs that followed the show (can't help but be proud of those students) directly to my computer.
Local media reported this week that the Legislature's Education and Culture Committee has approved an amendment to something phrased in English as the “Act Governing Awarding of Degrees” (TT 5-26-13 p. 3). Let's not go to battle over a Chinese-English translation of the name of this particular law (if “law” it is). We might benefit more by looking at a few questions related to the subject of honesty and academic writing.
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We could say it was just a bunch of phony baloney, and give it a miss. We could also say we've been handed, on a silver platter, an opportunity to ask why truth and honesty are values worth fighting for.
A fairly detailed article in a local English newspaper this week on the subject of teenagers seeking cosmetic surgery lies behind my words today. The article had to have caught the attention of many, and for more than one reason.
Two odd incidents in which people lost their cool and physically attacked someone surfaced in our local news this past week. Although the stories may have appeared trivial, they offer fodder for reflection on the topics of anger and basic, old-fashioned respect.
For a number of years, I have had a soft spot in my heart for the city of Keelung. That's because my former secretary Amy comes from Keelung, and I've greatly enjoyed visits with her family there. Now I have another reason to like the place.
Forgive me for first offering a caveat. The words that follow are not cool or objective in tone. That may sound odd, given that this column appears on page 4 of the China Post.
Just because a fellow is sharp and respected enough to win a second term as president of the United States does not mean he is immune to an occasional goof. Just mention the name of California attorney general Kamala Harris to Barack Obama these days, and ask how someone with his perspicacity could have stumbled so badly.
The topic of alcohol and drinking came up in one of my General English (GE) classes on Wednesday. The next day, a local newspaper ran these headlines on news stories: “'Two-hour' alcohol ban at Kenting Music Festival” (TT 4-4-13 p. 2) and “Lawmaker slams commission's 'drinking program'” (p. 3).
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