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Columbine Memorial (photo by David Keyzer on Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

In 1999, 13 people were murdered in a mass shooting in Columbine, Colorado. This tragedy captured national headlines for weeks, and is still discussed today. The monument pictured above was erected in the memory of the victims.

That same day, it is likely that 153 middle-aged adults died of heart disease. 145 died of cancer. 217 died of substance abuse or suicide. 27 died of car crashes.

These other deaths, even though more numerous, didn’t get breathless coverage on TV or bold headlines. They were probably not mentioned at all in most news programs. Their names aren’t memorialized in a…

Photo by Aziz Acharki on Unsplash

I remember clearly the moment I’d had enough of NPR for the day. It was early morning January 25 of this year, still pretty dark outside. An NPR anchor was interviewing an NPR reporter — they seem to do that a lot these days — and asked the following simple but important question:

“So if we know that Roger Stone was in communications with WikiLeaks and we know U.S. intelligence agencies have said WikiLeaks was operating at the behest of Russia, does that mean that Roger Stone has been now connected directly to Russia’s efforts to interfere in the U.S…

John Goerzen

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