Bob Franken

Op-ed: A Dickens of a day

My wife spends a lot of time rolling her eyes. She knows, for instance, that when we meet at the end of the day and... Read more

Op-ed: The con artists

It’s like your standard con: The flimflammer counts on the flimflammee to be ripe for the swindle, to be a larcenous cheat him- or herself.... Read more

Op-ed: Season’s retreatings

Still another Thanksgiving has passed, and I have done what I always do: nothing. I didn’t overeat, and certainly didn’t travel. Getting together with family... Read more

Op-ed: The human turkeys

This Thanksgiving, better known as Black Friday Eve, we have revised the tradition a bit: We are serving and carving up the turkeys who are... Read more

Op-ed: The hypocritic oath

Primum non nocere. That’s Latin, folks, for “First, do no harm.” It’s actually not in the physician’s traditional Hippocratic Oath, which is Greek anyway. That’s... Read more

Op-ed: Of sleaze and gifts

I’m actually disappointed. I thought that I had settled on this year’s seasonal gift to everyone. Yes, “seasonal” — I’m one of those people who... Read more

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