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Riposte – By Sumner Burstyn: One Perfectly Good Park

Published By   /  November 13, 2012  /  Featured, Riposte, Syndicated Analysis  /  Comments Off

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One Perfectly Good Park Riposte – By Sumner Burstyn. Take one perfectly good park. In fact more than good. A park with broad playing fields and picnic areas, trees to climb and bushes to hide in, with a pond and Pūkeko and flax and a wetlands restoration project and pathways winding through and around. Welcome […]

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Riposte – By Sumner Burstyn: Pimp My Child

Published By   /  October 31, 2012  /  Featured, Riposte, Syndicated Analysis  /  Comments Off

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Pimp My Child Riposte – By Sumner Burstyn. A child being pushed along a crowded downtown pavement on a hot Saturday afternoon in Toronto. Nothing strange about that. Until you realise there’s an excited crowd around the stroller and coterie of videographers surrounding mother and child. Next you notice the stroller. It’s totally tricked out. […]

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Riposte – By Sumner Burstyn: Manipulate This

Published By   /  October 23, 2012  /  Riposte, Syndicated Analysis  /  Comments Off

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Manipulate This Riposte – By Sumner Burstyn. How do you create public opinion? If you were in New Zealand the best person to turn to would have to be Pauline Colmar. Over the last few weeks Ms. Colmar has been popping up at select corporate speaking engagements discussing her latest polling project, The Solid Energy […]

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Riposte – By Sumner Burstyn: Lucy in the Sky with Ritalin

Published By   /  October 17, 2012  /  Featured, Riposte, Syndicated Analysis  /  Comments Off

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Lucy in the Sky with Ritalin Riposte – By Sumner Burstyn. Here’s a trend. Say your normal child is not doing so well at school. No real problems, just not that attentive or interested in learning. The teachers are not happy; after all they have unit standards to achieve. The school board and principal are […]

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Riposte – By Sumner Burstyn: The A Word (again)

Published By   /  October 9, 2012  /  Featured, Riposte, Syndicated Analysis  /  Comments Off

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The A Word (again) Riposte – By Sumner Burstyn. In Canada, that most liberal of countries, there’s a new way for conservative politicians to talk about abortion without ever having to mention the A word. It’s called Motion 312. Proposed by Conservative Member of Parliament Stephen Woodworth, the motion called for reviewing and potentially redefining […]

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Riposte – By Sumner Burstyn: New Poor Law

Published By   /  September 26, 2012  /  Featured, Riposte  /  Comments Off

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New Poor Law Riposte – By Sumner Burstyn. In the 1980’s when I first became aware of the theory of welfare bludging I was a newly single parent with three small kids. I went from a socially acceptable wife and mother to that lower form of life known as the solo mother. Even while living […]

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Riposte With Sumner Burstyn: Privatizing Violence

Published By   /  September 19, 2012  /  Featured, Riposte  /  Comments Off

Artwork by Stephen Lack: www.stephenlackart.com, republished with permission on LiveNews.co.nz.

Privatizing Violence Riposte – By Sumner Burstyn. American actor and activist Peter Coyote wondered last week if he was the only person old enough to remember Dick Cheney inviting the Taliban to the White House. “It was to discuss a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan’s Dauletabad gas field, across Afghanistan to the North-western town of Fazlika […]

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Riposte – With Sumner Burstyn: If Genetics Don’t Matter

Published By   /  September 12, 2012  /  Featured, Riposte, Syndicated Analysis  /  Comments Off

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Riposte – With Sumner Burstyn: If Genetics Don’t Matter Under proposed changes to New Zealand’s 50-year-old adoption law to be debated by Parliament same sex couples would be able to adopt. Whatever your opinion on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people having the same rights as heterosexuals, the amendment is a smokescreen. It is […]

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Riposte – With Sumner Burstyn: What We Talk About When We Talk About Terrorism

Published By   /  September 5, 2012  /  Featured, Riposte  /  Comments Off

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Riposte – With Sumner Burstyn: What We Talk About When We Talk About Terrorism EDITOR’S NOTE: Producer and writer Sumner Burstyn is an award winning, widely published journalist. She produced the multi-award winning documentaries This Way of Life, and, One Man, One Cow, One Planet. This is her first post with LiveNews.co.nz. Column: What We […]

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