My recommended equation: 3S-2D=RCA. S = simplicity,sincerity and serenity. D means Dejection and Disappointment. R-Rejuvenation,C-contentment,A - Amity. (New Year's Resolution for readers at www.Blogger.com for your kind reference on daily basis in 2008. Such equation is simple to bear in mind with positive repercussion,indeed!
WashPost,Dec.31,2007: History of Tibet is cited and I do remember that Tibet has always been a part of China when I was a student at St. John's University in Shanghai,China from 1943-46. Moreover,I learned from this American-sponsored university that Taiwan has had Chinese culture and tradition as a part of China in Chinese history. The article mentioned a Chinese professor and former editor sent the report of the research student with 40,000 words apropos the difficulties villagers faced,partly because local officials failed to help them. Such report went to the desk of Premier Wen Jiabao who wrote back saying that this was the kind of journalism China needed,probing the needs of the people. The report was widely discussed. Parts of it were disseminated on the Internet. My comment: Such academic discussions on the Internet is desirable for China's journalism students to seek the truth and make changes for betterment for the necessary improvement due to the past negligence. If I remember correctly,political correctness(PC) happened in American history. Francis Shieh a.k.a. Xie Shihao,a lifelong student with interest in China as a watcher of happenings in China especially Sino-American economics for mutual benefit. January 1, 2008 Happy New Year to all to read between the lines of reporters writings in the days to come.
On page A14: Un-'Fair Tax' Mike Huckabee's tax plan sounds too good to be true. It is. Economist William Gale puts the rate at 44% on Tax Reform with the President's Advisory Panel. The editor says that his calculation doesn't take into account cheating, for which there would be ample incentive. The top earners,those with incomes greater than$200,000, would see significant tax cuts. It is likely that taxpayers with incomes in the middle range about $40,000 to $100,000 would pay more. Food for thought of such an editorial.