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The American: For Italy & the World

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Auld Lang Syne

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The "Auld Lang Syne" column is an assortment of letters, notes, telegrams from the pre-web age.

"Weigh your actions carefully"

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"To the U.S.A. commander..."

Before Tweets and texts, an American general had a terse response for his German counterpart.

"In other news..."

For decades, wire service journalism was a short course in mental order and organization.

"The will of the commander..."

Chivalrous rhetoric no longer plays much of a part in most newspaper, TV and online writing.

"The pen is paralyzed..."

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