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Pillow problems?

Dear Readers: How old are the PILLOWS on your bed? If you don’t know, or if they are feeling rather “down” (yes, very bad pun indeed!), it’s time for a pillow check. A comfortable pillow is imperative for a good night’s sleep, so check out your pillows tonight. The Better Sleep ...

Will France elect a Gallic Barack Obama?

WASHINGTON — The French are too intellectually vain to borrow others’ political ideas, but too interested in style not to appreciate and appropriate that of others. So, on May 7 they might confer their presidency on a Gallic Barack Obama. In 2008, Obama, a freshman senator, became a ...

Trump’s way of deal-making doesn’t translate to governing

WASHINGTON — As the United States faces the possibility of a government shutdown at month’s end, President Trump is learning the hard way the difference between demanding what he wants as a business tycoon and getting it as the chief executive in an electoral democracy of three separate and ...

Are we really living in Trump’s America?

For the past few months, whenever someone on the left says something particularly insane, conservatives immediately snark back, “This is why Trump won.” To a certain extent, they’re right: The palpable anger on the radicalized left that helped govern America into political polarization ...

Wife fears she is enabling husband’s gambling problem

Q: How do I know if I’m “enabling” my husband’s compulsive gambling problem? I don’t want to do anything that might encourage his behavior. Jim: I’ve tapped our staff counselors for this answer. “Enabling” is essentially any action that makes it easier for the addict (in this ...

Hypocrisy in the anti-O’Reilly army

Fox News took Bill O’Reilly off the air after a heavy campaign to fire him led by CNN’s media unit and The New York Times. If all the charges of sexual harassment are true, his case is indefensible. That said, it’s time for his media critics to stand down. They are guilty of rank ...

Lessons unlearned from the ‘92 LA riots

This weekend marks 100 days of the Trump administration. This milestone also coincides with a very important anniversary. Twenty-five years ago, April 29, 1992, riots exploded in Los Angeles after four policemen were acquitted after being charged with the violent beating of Rodney King, caught ...

Talking right

President Trump did something Monday I have long advocated. He met with a small group of conservative journalists, pundits and radio talk show hosts. I was among them. After ticking off a list of what he said were his accomplishments leading up to the arbitrary 100-day marker of his ...

Digital awareness among today’s graduates

Last year I wrote an article that defined student success at Ellsworth Community College. Learning is a lifelong journey, not a destination. The real definition of student success is to ensure that students are prepared to thrive in all phases of their lives. Success means our graduates will go ...

Reading the Kansas 4 and Georgia 6 tea leaves

What to make of the results of the first two of this spring’s special House elections? Start off by putting them in perspective. They pose a challenge to both political parties, but especially to Republicans, who have been used to an unusually stable partisan alignment, an alignment that has ...

O’Reilly’s ouster is no victory for women

Bill O’Reilly is finally out at Fox. But let’s not kid ourselves about the reason. Last summer, 21st Century Fox and the Murdoch family that controls it forced out Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes for sexual harassment. Soon after, the company settled two sexual harassment complaints against ...

Immigrants’ fear undermines trust and safety

Editor’s Note: This editorial originally appeared in the Des Moines Register. I have had the privilege of working in Iowa law enforcement my entire career. And for the past six years, I have served as police chief of Marshalltown (population 28,000), an hour northeast of Des Moines. We ...

The day Bill O’Reilly got fired

On the day Bill O’Reilly was fired, Serena Williams announced she was 20 weeks pregnant. Fans did the math and concluded Williams must have had a baby on board in January when she won her 23rd Grand Slam singles title in dominating fashion. That, said TV tennis analyst Pam Shriver, made ...

Do The Right Thing

As American society becomes more tribal, society also becomes increasingly unstable and unmoored from civility. Americans are expected to take up for their tribe and defend it at all costs. The unfortunate outcome is that it can lead to not doing the right thing. There are people in the ...

What Jim has learned today

I learned the ancient Greeks believed, as did the Chinese, that the self, the soul, resided in the liver. This seems strange to me. I mean, why the liver? I’m not usually aware of my liver. I have never felt the existence of my liver inside my body, just as I have never felt the existence of ...

Giving beyond your means

Dear Dave, My wife and I are debt-free except for our home, and we’re on Baby Steps 4 and 5. Recently, we were asked to make a large donation to a charity we already support. We don’t have the full cash amount they asked for on hand, and after hearing that, they said we could make monthly ...

From the Legislature

In this week’s column I would like to reflect back at this year’s session of the Senate. As a first-year senator, I can say it has been busy. In the discussions I have had with other senior senators, I have learned this year has been somewhat historic. I have had the opportunity to run a ...

Is Democracy in a Death Spiral?

“You all start with the premise that democracy is some good. I don’t think it’s worth a damn. Churchill is right. The only thing to be said for democracy is that there is nothing else that’s any better. ... “People say, ‘If the Congress were more representative of the people it ...

Can Special Elections to the US House Predict Our Political Future?

Is there an emerging national pattern to be found in special House elections, such as the one that just happened in Georgia to fill the reliably Republican House seat once held by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, most recently held by the current secretary of health and human services, Tom ...

Variety of recipe ideas

You can never have too many meatloaf recipes, so I have included another one today. The Peach Pie Salad recipe is a foretaste of the upcoming summer peach pie season. Baked Chicken 1 lb. chicken breast; boneless and skinned 2 tsp. olive oil 6 Tbls. dry white wine 1/4 c. lemon ...