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Opinion

September 7, 2013

Shribman; The questions accumulate

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The lessons of history are more complex than simply grafting old notions onto new situations. History never repeats itself — that’s Lesson One of history — and the lessons are valuable only if they are applied selectively. History is best utilized to understand the past and to explain the present. It’s a rearview mirror, not a telescope, and hardly ever much help in predicting the future.

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North Shore native and Pulitzer Prize winner David M. Shribman is executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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