COMMENT: According to the show business adage, you should always leave them wanting more. Today I bow out after 12 years as a Herald columnist.
COMMENT: According to the person who may well be the next leader of the free world, the only things that would survive nuclear war are cockroaches and Helen Clark.
COMMENT: 20th century totalitarian ideologies of left and right were quasi-religious movements that replaced an absentee God with flesh and blood messiahs.
COMMENT: We're venturing into the unknown. There have been demagogues in American politics before, but none became a major party's presidential candidate.
COMMENT: Why do some political leaders change their tune on drugs once they're no longer actively involved in politics?
COMMENT: As never before, the international community wishes it had a say in the American presidential election.
COMMENT: Given the sordid, coercive and traumatising nature of most incest, it seems a little reckless to push a "my DNA made me do it" line, even in unusual cases, writes Paul Thomas.
COMMENT: The US President holds mankind's fate in his or her hands, which is why we all have a stake in this election, writes Paul Thomas.
History, they say, is written by the victors. And few victors have relished the opportunity as much as Sir Paul Beresford, MP.
COMMENT: West will never thwart each and every attack, but the power to undermine propaganda is in our hands.
COMMENT: The rich and powerful are manipulating the media and the public in order to increase their wealth and power. Does that matter?
Moral dilemmas often pit narrow self-interest against the greater good, writes Paul Thomas.
It seems most Kiwis fit into at least one of the following categories on the question of whether to stick with the current flag or replace it, writes Paul Thomas.
COMMENT: The barbarian is no longer at the gate. He's inside the castle and heading for the throne room, writes Paul Thomas.
Here's an interesting statistic: since 1840, life expectancy at birth has risen three months each year, come war, epidemics or advances in medical science.