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Commentary > China Post > Daniel J. Bauer
Early last Monday morning, a youth working the so called graveyard shift at a local convenience store nearly lost his left arm in an attack by a would-be-robber.
 
Were yesterday's students better than today's?
From the first day of December until the last day of January, I was on the receiving end of many gifts. I was extremely fortunate. I was blessed with a string of visits by students from, 6, 8, 10 and even 12 years ago.
 
Just 48 hours ago, I flicked on my computer to see if any hot advice had arrived overnight as to what my topic today should be. Hope running through my veins, I pushed the necessary buttons, and waited for my machine to light up with news from cyberspace.
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Specific details in the remarks that actress Meryl Streep made at the Golden Globes (film award ceremonies) last week in Hollywood may not stay long in our memories. The fact however that she spoke like that at all, and with such sincerity and eloquence, has had a positive effect on many.
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Tuesday's editorial in the China Post this past week saves us the trouble of getting bogged down in every last detail of an intriguing story. "Look around -- we're in post-truth Taiwan" was the title of the editorial, in my view, unusually well done.
 
We'll start at the top of the picture. I will cast several of the verbs in the present, not the past (time) tense. One reason for doing so is that readers should sense these scenes as actually occurring in the present, not in the past.
 
You may have read last Wednesday in a local newspaper about a special kind of convenience store in the Xinyi district of Taipei that called it quits this past week. This is a place and a story that offers lessons to ponder.
 
I cannot recall any particular Christmas in the past when I felt quite the same way I am feeling these days. Here we are, only a week away, and I seem to be struggling to get into the spirit of things.
 
I would like to gently remind readers that I do not write in this space as a spokesperson of The China Post, or of my university, my church or my religious order, the Society of the Divine Word. I speak only for myself.
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First of all, let me frankly admit that I lack all credibility as a TV or movie critic. Although I immensely enjoy reading drama (paying special attention to its value as literature), I am unfamiliar with efforts of actors here in Taiwan.
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