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Windsor Mann

Articles by Windsor Mann

The west entrance to Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state is seen on Jan. 1, 2012. State patrol troopers were checking outgoing cars and park rangers were turning away visitors after a National Park Service ranger was shot and killed that morning. (Associated Press)

MANN: The not-so-great outdoors

As someone who doesn't like to freeze to death or sweat uncontrollably, I enjoy this time of year. The mild temperatures, blooming flowers and amiable sunniness make the outdoors a great place to be. Which is why I stay indoors. The downside to good weather is that it brings people outside. Published May 24, 2012

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

MANN: Tardy thanks for Christopher Hitchens

It's hard to say anything about Christopher Hitchens that hasn't been said already, but it's even harder to say nothing. Hitchens died last week, a year-and-a-half after he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He and I were not lifelong friends or family members, but I got to know him fairly well. We met nearly seven years ago, and it's safe to say that, during this time, Hitchens mattered more to me than I did to him. Published December 20, 2011

Illustration: Hardly working by John Camejo for The Washington Times

MANN: Working hard at hardly working

The Duke of Windsor (no relation) once said that what impressed him most about America was the way parents obey their children. To the extent that they do, it is because, in the land of opportunity, the future matters more than the present. And, of course, the children are our future. Published October 10, 2011

MANN: Let it ride

Thanks to the government, you now can sit in a yellow car with complete strangers. This week, New York City is launching a one-year pilot program for giving people cab rides at discounted rates ($3 or $4 per passenger) from three select locations. The goal of the share-a-cab program, which is limited to weekdays (6 to 10 a.m.), is to "save money" for passengers, make more money for drivers and (of course) "help the environment." These things are to be achieved by putting New Yorkers who do not know each other in cars together. Published March 5, 2010

That toy is not a toy

The best way to help children is by not giving them Christmas presents. Published December 22, 2009

BOOK REVIEW: Self-identity theft

In the movie "Big," 13-year-old Josh Baskin makes a wish to become "big," and the next morning he wakes up to find himself inhabiting cartoon-themed underwear and the body of a 32-year-old Tom Hanks. Wish granted. Published November 13, 2009

Private parts made a public concern

This school year, the District will test high school students in a new, innovative way. The tests do not require paper or pencils. Instead, they require urine. Published September 23, 2009

BOOK REVIEW: Seeing red out of the blue

The book purports to be a survival guide, but it is nothing of the sort. Indeed, if it helps anyone survive, that person's survival is not desirable for humanity. Published August 14, 2009