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There’s “Lots 2 Love” about the School Lunch Program

grams in United States history is the National School Lunch program — and today as we celebrate National School Lunch Week this Oct. 15-19, it’s important to reflect on the millions and millions of children who have benefited from this program over the years. This year schools will ...

The electoral college debate

Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, seeking to represent New York’s 14th Congressional District, has called for the abolition of the Electoral College. Her argument came on the heels of the Senate’s confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. She was lamenting the fact that ...

Both sides are doing it wrong

A certain segment of the evangelical pastoral community has decided Christians should embrace social justice. More prominent evangelicals are pushing back, saying “No.” I think both sides get it wrong. John MacArthur, one of the great theologians of our age, has pushed back against the ...

With friends like these

Was Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and then his body cut up with a bone saw and flown to Riyadh in Gulfstream jets owned by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman? So contend the Turks, who have video from the consulate, photos of 15 Saudi ...

Timeless and wise advice

On a Sunday morning two days before the crucial California presidential primary, hundreds of college-age volunteers crowded into their candidate’s campaign headquarters on Market Street in San Francisco to get their marching instructions for getting every registered voter the campaign had ...

Even birth control is under attack

There was a time when Republicans and Democrats generally agreed that access to birth control was a public good. Most saw preventing unwanted pregnancies as key to making abortions rare. Those days are over. The Trump administration is indulging a religious hard right, helping it merge the ...

Stepping into someone else’s world

A few years ago when I was teaching swim lessons, I ran into a rather unusual challenge with one of the swimmers. Typically, I had a hard time getting kids to put their faces in the water. We’re humans — we don’t have gills — it makes sense. But putting your face in is a very ...

Tuna Casserole

When the temperatures turn cool my thoughts turn to comfort food – Tuna Hot Dish (also known as Tuna Cassserole to those of you who were not raised in Minnesota) and chili. Tuna Casserole 2 cans tuna 1 (16 oz.) can of peas 1 egg 1 can of cream of celery soup 1 can of onion ...

Nikki Haley’s comet has a long tale

Seated next to President Trump in the Oval Office Tuesday, Nikki Haley did not look like a woman who had tortured herself over whether to resign as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. On television at least, she looked like someone who has a much better deal coming her way early next year. ...

‘The Republican Party has clearly lost its way’

The other day, a woman confessed to me that she’s a Republican. Republicans may bristle at the verb, but it’s used advisedly. The lady admitted her party affiliation the way you would some personal failing. “I don’t tell a lot of people,” she said, “but . . .” In fairness, her ...

Kavanaugh confirmation was ugly, and things will only get uglier

Confirming Brett Kavanaugh was the best outcome at the end of a hellish decision tree that left the country with no ideal option. Reasonable people may differ on that. But what seems more obvious: It’s all going to get worse. Because everyone is taking the wrong lessons from the Kavanaugh ...

When in Australia

When in Rome — or Australia, as it were. My family and I spent the past few weeks traipsing around Down Under, where a children's show pilot I wrote is being turned into a TV series. After a few work meetings, we were off to visit three old Aussie friends I'd kept from when I lived across ...

Buddy’s bummer summer

National Dog Day, which was in late August, right around Ginnie’s birthday, found Buddy a little worse for wear. It has been a bummer summer for the ole Buddy Boy. First of all, in July, he ate a bunch of dark chocolate that Ginnie had gotten me for my birthday, and spent two nights in an ...

Perseverance pays dividends in school, life

October is the time of year when students of all ages start having difficulty with an assignment or a subject. My advice: don’t give up. Keep trying. There are multitude of self-esteem, monetary and social class rewards for persevering. An awakening moment occurred in the fall of 1966 when ...

Around the Clock Market Turmoil

The U.S. stock market suffered from a massive two-day sell-off which began Wednesday morning and continued through Thursday’s close, spreading into the major markets of Europe and Asia as well. Most analysts attributed the tumble to fears that the escalating trade war with China could ...

Trump could be the most honest president in modern history

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump may be remembered as the most honest president in modern American history. Don’t get me wrong, Trump lies all the time. He said that he “enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history” (actually they are the eighth largest) and that “our ...

Raise awareness about breast cancer prevention

You probably don’t need a reminder that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. After all, pink ribbons are as ubiquitous as pumpkin spice lattes this month. But it never hurts to refresh your understanding of the disease and share with your loved ones. Breast cancer is the most commonly ...

Little book of horrors

As a parent, evening “story time” is a process that takes between 10 minutes and four hours, depending on how much negotiating there is. One of my younger one’s newest books looked innocent enough: Classic Fairy Tales. I didn’t realize I was essentially reading Tales from the Crypt. ...

Gosnell: The movie

Arguably a contributing factor to the continuation of abortion is that it is performed out of sight and thus, out of many minds. A film about one of the worst practitioners of abortion, Kermit Gosnell, opens October 12 in at least 600 theaters. Gosnell is the Philadelphia abortionist ...

The Senate’s an ‘unfixable crime against democracy?’

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell revved up his Outrage Machine on Friday night once it became apparent that Brett Kavanaugh was going to be confirmed to the Supreme Court. There was a new crime against democracy — or rather, there was a very old crime. It’s called the Senate. Come again? ...