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Abundant Absurdity

By Garen Yegparian Sometimes it pays to fall behind in your reading. This way–as you catch up–scanning in one sitting what might otherwise be scattered across weeks and months–you notice patterns more easily. In this case–I noticed an abundance of absurdity. So–I thought I’d share. Some wacko Turk is suing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (or

Proposition This

By Garen Yegparian Just when you thought it was safe to walk past your neighborhood polling place–it’s back–another election–courtesy of The Governator–Arnold Schwarzenegger himself. A state–California (for those hiding under a rock cowering in fear of elections) with serious budget problems is blowing a few dozen millions of dollars on an election–instead of waiting another

What a Difference a Decade Makes: Some comments on Garen Yegparian’s article published in on October 22 2005.

By Raffy Arzouhaldjian While I agreed with some of Garen Yegparian’s suggested means of prolonging our identity in the diaspora by owning our heritage and celebrating our diversity–I had a hard time understanding the logical link in the two statemen’s of the following sentence: "For us to reunite on our ancestral lands–we must remain WE."

One Sided Bargain?

By Garen Yegparian In a deal–agreement–or contract–everyone expects all parties to keep up their end of the bargain–right? Assuming you said yes–I’ll presume you agree that the same holds for the social contract of which Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote. I lay no claim to having studied his writings–but the term is very evocative. The individual has

G_d?s Wrath*

By Garen Yegparian Earthquakes–tsunamis–hurricanes–floods–and high gas prices- all increasing in frequency? See what we have wrought? We have angered the Almighty by transgressing against His laws. And now we are reaping the whirlwind of G_d’s wrath. We have despoiled and degraded Creation. Water and air–intelligently designed to sustain us–now poison us. The land–where it has

First Sierra Summit

By Garen Yegparian Last weekend was quite an experience as I attended the first ever convention-expo organized by the Sierra Club. The first of its four components was organizational. The Sierra Club priority setting was conducted by consulting with some 700 delegates gathered from around the country. Ultimately–energy issues became the top priority with liveable

Critics’ Forum

Literature The Path Not Taken: My Brother’s Road By Hovig Tchalian The recently published biography by Markar Melkonian–My Brother’s Road: An American’s Fateful Journey to Armenia–begins with an interesting premise–what kind of a man was the subject of the book and the author’s brother–Monte “Avo” Melkonian? As its subtitle suggests–the book attempts to answer the

Time Bomb Alright

By Garen Yegparian Unbelievable! Fifteen days as of this writing–and not a peep out of us! NBC’s Dateline runs roughshod over Hai Tahd and one of our activists–and no one says or does anything. On Tuesday–June 14–NBC Dateline ran the piece–"Time Bomb: Investigation into Storage Locker Full of Explosives in Bedford–Ohio" about Mourad Topalian and

OPINIION: Now I’m Surer

By Garen Yegparian I used to wonder if the rabid conservatives could really be as petty–miserly–and cowardly as they seemed. It just didn’t seem humanly possible. But a recent passing interaction in the snack shop at work makes it seem more probable that there truly can exist human beings who are so small of spirit.

Another Year

By Garen Yegparian It was a "0" year–you know–60th–70th–80th anniversary. For some reason–these seem to become big deals in the human mind. Though it does seem to have helped the turnout at some Genocide commemorative activities–things were–otherwise–pretty typical–usual–boring–even counterproductive in some cases. Once again I made it a point to attend as many events as