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  • Thoughts from Dr. Joe: Why we remember

    Col. Robert Gould Shaw was 24 years old when he took command of the 54th Massachusetts, a regiment of freed slaves. He brought them from the chains of bondage and turned them into Union soldiers. He gave them blue uniforms and then he gave them their dignity.
  • Around Town: Pondering 'a liminal moment'

    The Jewish High Holidays begin next week with the sound of the Shofar, or ram's horn. Rosh Hashana begins on the evening of Sept. 16. There will be dinners and celebrations. Family gatherings. The holiday concludes 10 days later on Yom Kippur, a day of...

    In Theory: Could same-sex marriage become legal?

    Q. A recent Gallup poll has revealed that, for the first time, a majority of Americans support gay marriage. According to the figures, 53% of Americans say they believe same-sex marriage should be recognized by the law as valid; in 1996, the figure was...

    In Theory: Balancing science, religion

    According to physicist Stephen Hawking, theology is unnecessary when it comes to explaining the origins of the universe. "God may exist, but science can explain the universe without the need for a creator," Hawking said on "Larry King Live." He goes on to...

    Thoughts from Dr. Joe: Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

    Thoughts from Dr. Joe: Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.
    Sometimes I wonder if anyone ever reads my columns here in the Valley Sun. So when I get e-mail from a reader asking me to respond to a specific topic, I comply. Got one the other day. It said, "Hey, Dr. Joe! Write something about Martin Luther King;...