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Opening Arguments

Shake it off

So, I guess a big, old French kiss is completely out of the question:

But the H1N1 outbreak, and the impending start of the seasonal flu, are testing the conventions of handshaking etiquette this fall in Maine.

In the business world, and during a gubernatorial race that seems to have half the state on the campaign trail, the custom is coming under scrutiny. Even Maine's Catholic churches are asking parishioners not to shake hands during the Sign of Peace or hold hands during the Our Father.

In our germaphobic world, a gesture meant to convey good feelings has become a death grip.

The anxiety is shared across the country.

Actually, H1N1 has been a godsend to some of us. Our rudeness is suddenl

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