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Rodriguez: The virtue of 'I don't know'

In a world overrun by half-truths and wall-to-wall opinion, the simple words "I don't know" might very well become the most valuable phrase in any language. There's plenty of grousing about the lopsided ratio of opinion to fact in our lives. But what irks me more is that these days it seems everyone is obligated to have a point of view on every issue. Last week's news reports about the Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas confirmed it. For the third year in a row, the glitzy beauty competition culminated in a flurry of politically charged, controversial questions posited by a panel of B-level celebrities. This year's winner, Alyssa Campanella, Miss California, had to...

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