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Much is told by the look in one's face

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Physiognomy (the art of determining moral character by facial appearance) is alive and well in America.

The Herald's June 24 editorial cartoon is a perfect example of the art. The cartoon seeks to show a corrupt connivance between the U.S. Supreme Court and America's corporate giants. It does this by depicting the face of a Supreme Court justice.

I knew instinctively: This is the face of a corrupt conniver. The face literally reeked of moral depravity -- one could see it. It was The Face of Evil.

I don't quite know how physiognomy works. However, I do know that shrewd con artists use it to their advantage, "... but he looked so honest." I also know that mothers are especially good at the art, " ... you just have a guilty look on your face." If only we could have all-mother juries.

Ed Evenson

Rolling Meadows