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A Matter Of Opinion

Tue., Nov. 10, 2009, 9:11 a.m.

Endless issues

Two national stories on today's front page, involve two of society's most polarized issues: abortion and capital punishment. The public seems to be rigidly divided across an uncrossable gulf on both topics, yet in my several decades on this planet I have seen considerable, even dramatic, change in both arenas.

How is it that public attitudes can be made to shift about issues over which people flee the middle ground and race to the margins?

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