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Good News, Bad News, No News

More on the Election

Bill Radke

Suzie Lechtenberg

1. It's not even Super Tuesday and, unless you count dark horse Mike Huckabee, we're down to two front-runners in each party. Is this good news, bad news, or no news? Giuliani immediately endorsed John McCain, but pundits are arguing over the John Edwards departure. For whom is that good news, bad news or no news?

P.S. Ralph Nader is exploring a presidential run. Good, bad or no news?

2. Microsoft has filed a patent for software that monitors employees biofeedback in the workplace: heart rate, body temperature, movement, facial expression and blood pressure. Microsoft says the employer would "automatically detect frustration or stress ... and then offer or provide some type of assistance accordingly." Is this good news, bad news or no news?

3. For Super Bowl weekend, the Washington Post brings us a trend story about the rise of the prominently displayed flat screen TV. It was once considered bad taste to display your boob tube; we would hide it in a tasteful armoire. Is the new front-and-center, over-the-fireplace TV good news, bad news or no news?

4. In time for Valentine's Day, a University of Michigan study concludes that couples who suppress their anger die significantly younger than couples who express their anger. Is that good news, bad news ... or is it, in fact, no news?

More stories from our Good News, Bad News, No News series

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  • By Bart Coleman

    From Boise, ID, 02/02/2008

    In reponse to the question about "additional criteria" to consider when voting for a presidential candidate I am thinking about three components. First, I think it is important to focus on one's life story. How has a candidate dealt with adversity? I think knowing one's biography gives insight into one's potential performance. For instance, does the candidate have a history of maximizing opportunity or squandering it? What is their record of public service and engagement with society before seeking elected offices? Second, I would want to know whom the candidate trusts and from whom they solicit advice. I am cynical enough to be wary that we elect a president as well as 'cronies' who will have official and unofficial access to the President. Third, I want to know in specific how a candidate intends to include the populace in not only the electoral process but in governance and contribution to the collective good. Many candidates promise to advocate for us or do things for us. I liked Sen. Obama's response during a debate in January in which he said he would want to create opportunties for all of us to be involved in making the changes we desire in our society and political process.

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