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On Topic: Foul play

Where does the employer’s responsibility — or, put another way, blame — start and end when an employee misbehaves — or, put another way, acts like a despicable thug — publicly?

And does it — should i [...]

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On Topic: Why Buck Rogers, and those stores, matter

For many, the hard times that have befallen Radio Shack do not come as a shock, just as we weren’t — or shouldn’t have been — surprised when the roof began to crumble for Borders or J.C. Penney.

Those still-famous [...]

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On Topic: Top and bottom of the ladders

Isn’t that just the way? You read one thing and you think, yeah, that makes sense. Then you hear something else and you wonder, well, gosh .

In response to this column of two weeks ago, which was a [...]

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On Topic: Author says news should explain the ‘why’

Thirteen years ago, we worked our way through the same contentious debate in newsrooms of newspapers, magazines, TV stations and websites across this business of journalism.

On Sept. 11, 2001, and on the days that followed — even tho [...]

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On Topic: Wrong again - employers, employees differ on retainment

We think we’re so smart. But life and work keep tapping us on the shoulder to remind us we’re not as clever as we think.

A couple weeks ago, my wife and I bought a freezer, something Lisa has been contemplating for as long as w [...]

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On topic: Are we working for our daily bread?

Studs Terkel suggested that, “Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dy [...]

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On Topic: Depression is ‘beyond description’

I  saw the signs, but at the time they meant little to me, or I drastically misinterpreted them.

The untied shoe laces, the unbuttoned collars on his button-down Oxford shirt, the increasing lateness to work, the apparent lethargy, le [...]

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On Topic: Forbidden fruit

Not quite 10 minutes, tops, after finishing off the shiny red apple — a Gala, if I recall correctly, though it could have been a Braeburn — my head exploded.

I began sneezing, emphatically, and this went on for potentially twic [...]

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On Topic: Economics, soccer and the income gap

Let’s call this a tale of two distractions. But, to be honest, in their respective fields, they are pretty darned enormous distractions.

Each of these kerfuffles have to do with money.

And both pose pretty much the same question [...]

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On Topic: The hard stuff

Target admitted it had messed up.

“With the benefit of hindsight, we are investigating whether, if different judgments had been made, the outcome may have been different,” a Target spokeswoman said in a March news release.

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On topic: Spooked by MOOCs

As midlife career changes go, Jeb Stuart Magruder’s was pretty remarkable.

True, he wasn’t the first person in history to claim a jail cell conversion. But Magruder, who died on May 11, had been one of the Watergate conspirator [...]

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On Topic: Waiting for the punch line

So which do you want first, as the old joke goes: the good news or the bad news?

I have to warn you, though, you might not find the punch line all that thigh-slapping funny.

A Harris survey released this past month for CareerBuilder, t [...]

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On Topic: It’s personal

Some hardships, like a nagging lower-back pain, or agonizing over what Cedar Rapids could have done differently to win the favors of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, just won’t fade away, no matter much we wish it were so.

A wri [...]

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On Topic: Then as now

The upfront premise of political reporter Lynne Olson’s latest book, “Those Angry Days,” is about the struggle for public opinion — whether to fight or not to fight.

The book, just out in paperback, details the do [...]

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