Karen Gravano My first inkling that my family was different came when I was six years old and found a gun hidden under my dad's bed.
Heckler IF YOU were in hospital in the good old days - and by that I mean a time when the world was a simpler place - and you saw a doctor or nurse heading your way, they would be most likely armed with one...
Gerard Henderson The concept of dual loyalties in Australia has an unpleasant connotation since it invariably implies disloyalty. A century ago, some sectarians labelled Catholics as possessing a dual loyalty.
Kim Rubenstein and Danny Ben Moshe It is staggering that with one albeit very serious case overseas, that of the Ben Zygier suicide, Ben Saul (The Age, 20/2/13) wants to turn back the clock of globalisation and multiculturalism.
Bruce Guthrie After 20 years, we still can't seem to agree on the best way to manage those pokies.
Kenneth Davidson It's official. Melbourne Water users will pay $19.4 billion in contract payments to AquaSure.
Amanda Dunn ''You Americans never understand the importance of tradition,'' the perennially disapproving Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) tells Martha Levinson (Shirley MacLaine), who has arrived at Downton Abbey...
Brian Palmer Murder weapons in the US come in many forms, including baseball bats, but shootings are by far the No.1 killer.
Bruce Guthrie The paparazzi and editors give the people a magazine they want and deserve.
Michael Shmith Lend me your ears or borrow mine. It is Friday morning at The Age, and this is what I am hearing.
Warwick McFayden ''When I use a word,'' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ''it means just what I choose it to mean ... .''
Simon Jenkins Films like Zero Dark Thirty seem happy to falsify facts in the name of art.
Chris Fotinopoulos As Barry Humphries calls it a day, Australia has lost a real trouble-maker.
Barney Zwartz Jose Gomez has set a stunning example of what the church should be doing.
Shane Green The grand plan by the Baillieu government to redevelop Flinders Street Station is heading into its final stages.
Suzy Freeman-Greene Commercial TV and many online news sites are often a scary litany of crime and outrage.
Michael Shmith The Vatican is agog, as is the rest of the world. A pope resigns and we can't wait for white-smoke day.
V. Rukmini Rao and Lynette Dumble Today's skewed sex ratios amount to femicide, write V. Rukmini Rao and Lynette Dumble.
Heckler AT 64 I have read that a group of 40-year-olds working for a think tank recommend raising the knackery level to 70. Oh, the aches and pains now.
Joumanah El Matrah
Joumanah El Matrah Allowing religious organisations to discriminate undermines the true meaning of faith.