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Commentary > China Post > Daniel J. Bauer
I had hoped to write this week on a topic guaranteed to warm the hearts of readers, and possibly win a plaudit or two for sharing a few sunny words on a recent news event. Surely I am not the only one who likes cheerful news.
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Some folks may picture Taipei as a fishbowl of sorts for so-called foreigners. It is not unusual for local friends to assume that quite a few of us from outside the country are all but automatic acquaintances or actual friends of foreigners they happen to know of. Don't we "lao wai" all know each another? Don't we all move in the same circles? Ha ha.
 
A local English newspaper ran this headline last Sunday for an article about cars, trucks, roads, injuries and deaths: "Failure to yield cause of accidents." That headline pushes us to consider the many ways native speakers of English (of the American variety) use the term "yield."
 
I've been contemplating the mix of East and West that we find increasingly prevalent in Taiwan life.
 
I once got involved in a "friendly argument" with a friend of my father about the role of history in our lives. The issue was whether younger people (I was a college student at the time) should have to keep listening to old stories about World War II. I was most reluctant to admit to the value of what had occurred yesterday.
 
Readers' responses to my columns are interesting to me, and are always a push for deeper reflection. I am grateful for the words several critics have recently posted under my name in the commentary section of The China Post. I want to share some of those words here today.
 
The attempted jail break in Kaohsiung Prison that led to the death of six inmates may have occurred nearly a month ago, but the story has not yet ended
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Question: What is the meaning of "credibility"? A dictionary says, "the quality that someone or something has that makes people believe or trust them." Well, I am thinking, that makes sense.
 
Events occasionally occur in life in ways that all but disarm us. Matters seemingly quite small, even trivial, enter our consciousness, and leave only faint impressions. Then, unexpectedly, whole worlds of meaning come spinning our way.
 
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je's booboos this week in remarks about the gift of a pocket watch from the United Kingdom's Minister of State for Transport will hang in the clouds for a spell of time not yet determined.
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