Byline: By MEL GRAYKIN

Mel Graykin: My beliefs are mine

8/4/17

From time to time, good and well-intentioned people become alarmed to find out that I don’t believe in their god. They then set out to save me from...

Mel Graykin: The irrational animal

7/20/17

It astonishes me the way we humans behave sometimes. We make foolish, self-defeating choices. We follow impulses that we know we shouldn’t. We...

We see a dark circus playing out in our nation. I keep hearing the question asked: How did we get here? How could we have come to this? Honestly...

None of us is perfect. We cannot know the future, so we make mistakes and commit errors of judgment. We are not in absolute command of ourselves at...

Mel Graykin: The labels that divide us

5/27/17

‘Democrats are all sore losers.” “Republicans are all waging a war on women.” “Progressives all want to force everyone to think the way they do...

There’s always that kid in school you can’t stand. We all had them. During recess we’d fight and argue and pick on each other. In class, we’d take...

I’ve attended municipal budget committee meetings because a number of issues I feel strongly about are discussed. A lot of other folks are there...

Mel Graykin: What defines us?

4/9/17

‘What do you want to be when you grow up?” That is one of the first questions we ask of children. And we expect an answer something like nurse, or...

Confirmation bias: The tendency to focus on anything that confirms one’s convictions and disregards any evidence to the contrary.It’s a very common...

My Turn: The last mud season

3/3/17

It’s mud season. What usually happens in late March or early April started at the end of February. As much as some might bless the warm weather...

The past few weeks have been . . . interesting. I have a few observations I would like to make.Language and behavior that were offensive before the...

Happy Holidays. This time of year the air fairly hums with busy preparations for festivity. And for those who love this time of year, by all means,...

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