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Inside the minds of America’s presidential assassins

On the evening of April 14, 1865, by some accounts, John Wilkes Booth stopped in at a tavern on his way to Ford’s Theatre in Washington. A man at the bar, recognizing the actor, noted that Booth wasn’t as fine a thespian as his father had been. “When I leave the stage,” Booth is said to have retorted, “I’ll be the most famous man in America.”

The double-edged sword called evidence

Climate change evangelists and climate change atheists — me, I’m climate change agnostic — are locked in a bitter struggle over whether global warming is occurring and what, if anything, we should do about it. You’ll note that I’ve painted the two camps in religious terms instead of the more jounalistically-correct categories “supporters” and “detractors.” And that’s intentional. Religion seems like a pretty good analogy for the climate change battle, as each side is fighting for or against something that can’t be seen and can’t be proven or disproven, and each side is certain they’re correct.

More than one way to read

The Herald Democrat continues its month-long celebration of locally written poetry with this piece written by Josephine Burden of Denison. It is about her mother, Mrs. Louise Ann Sweeney who was blind but didn’t let that keep her from teaching her children about the Bible.

LANE FILLER: A new post-tax filing hobby

My post-tax filing ritual has been the same for a decade: tears, surfing real estate websites for tidy three-bedroom, two-gun turret homes in lightly taxed Third World nations and telling my daughter the only way she’s going to be able to afford college in even the school of hard knocks is if she administers her own knocks. Eventually, I pass out in a puddle of tears, Snickers wrappers and crumpled pages of “Felony Tax Evasion For Dummies.”

ANDRES OPPENHEIMER: Costa Rica’s new leader says he’s a ‘moderate’ leftist

Seeking to calm anxiety in business circles about his election as his country’s first left-of-center president in recent history, Costa Rica’s President-elect Luis Guillermo Solis says he won’t join the Venezuelan-led ALBA bloc of radical leftist countries, and that he sees himself as a “moderate” who is “not unlike many recent European and U.S. leaders.”

Spring tidings

Today’s poems in celebration of National Poetry Month come to the Herald Democrat from Linda Rolen of Bells who wrote that she is retired and started writing poetry in 2011.