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America’s celebrity class vs flyover country

On the Saturday night after Donald Trump’s stunning presidential victory over Hillary Clinton, “Saturday Night Live” decided to forego its mandate — humor — in favor of a full-on political wake. Kate McKinnon, who has done a creditable job mocking Clinton for most of this election ...

During stressful holiday time, offer kindness to relatives

Q: Do you have any advice for dealing with extended family members who don’t get along? My in-laws like to host big get-togethers with all the relatives, but they’re always marked by tension and dissension. I don’t want to offend my spouse or his parents, but I’m tired of all the ...

‘60 Minutes’ grills the new President

Donald Trump is a persistent critic of the media and is attacked for not granting them enough access. But three days after the election, there he was, the president-elect, recording a long interview with Lesley Stahl of CBS’ “60 Minutes,” whom he could expect to push, push, push from the ...

We won, you lost, deal with it

Three years ago when Republicans were battling President Obama over the debt ceiling and a government shutdown, the president said, “You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election.” That is what Republicans ...

Helping students find their niche

I am blessed. I work with the talented, the underrated, the lost, the misunderstood, the gifted, the athletic, the respectful, the shy, the extrovert and the introvert. I work with the students at Marshalltown High School. Over the last three years, I have gotten to know many of the students in ...

The new key to immigration reform

One of the issues President-elect Donald Trump says he wants Congress to act on is immigration. That’s not entirely surprising, given that he spotlighted just that issue, in incendiary terms, after gliding down that escalator in the Trump Tower and announcing he was running 17 months ...

No, let’s not congratulate him

Don’t ask us to congratulate him. Not today. Not this week. Not ever, probably. He stands for so much of what we’d dared to hope was behind us as a country. Bigotry, misogyny, xenophobia. He spewed it with reckless abandon, and now he is going to be our next president. Of course we ...

It’s mourning in America

It’s not that America has never been a disappointment before. It’s not that America has never been an embarrassment. But nowhere in modern memory — not at Abu Ghraib, not in the 2000 election debacle, not in the Monica Lewinsky scandal — has it been as much of a disappointment and ...

So Much Wrong

It is humbling and humorous to so publicly get the presidential election so wrong.  But after 16 years of marriage I am quite used to being wrong.  The reason for being so badly wrong is actually humorous. In the primaries, the polls showed Donald Trump was going to be the nominee. The ...

Memo to Trump: ‘Action This Day!’

“In victory, magnanimity!” said Winston Churchill. Donald Trump should be magnanimous and gracious toward those whom he defeated this week, but his first duty is to keep faith with those who put their faith in him. The protests, riots and violence that have attended his triumph in ...

Reality Check for Democrats’ Post-mortems

In spite of the inconvenient fact that when all the votes cast have been tallied (probably in early December) Hillary Clinton could turn out to have won the national popular vote by close to 2 million votes, Donald Trump did in fact win an impressive victory Nov. 8 and will become the 45th ...

On hallowed ground

Witnesses who tuned in to Donald Trump and Barack Obama’s post-election get-together can’t have missed the change in the president-elect’s demeanor and affect. Quiet and reserved, he seemed almost chastened. Dare I say, humble, and deferential to the man whose citizenship he challenged ...

Thankful for these desserts

It’s time to start planning those Thanksgiving menus. Since life is short, let’s start with thinking about dessert first. Maple Sugar Pumpkin Pie 1 can (15 oz.) solid-pack pumpkin 2 Tbls. flour 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. nutmeg 1/2 tsp. ginger 1 Tbls. butter, softened 1 ...

So, what did you talk about on Wednesday?

Our latest presidential election, with all its twists and turns and FBI investigations and leaked tapes and endless debates, has provided the American people arguably the greatest election post-mortem of all time. Everybody has an opinion about Trump’s “surprise” win and everybody has ...

Putting myself in the talons of a professional

When you’re presented a gift certificate for a massage, essentially what you’re given is an obligation to see a stranger and have them knead you like biscuit dough in a dimly lit room. Sounds delightful. In college I was given one such certificate after a friend learned I had ...

Turmoil follows Trump triumph

This week marked one of the wildest and highest-volume trading periods in U.S. history, with booms and busts surrounding Tuesday night’s election results. In the first few hours of vote counts, Wall Street boomed on the expectation that Hillary Clinton had strong results in exit polling, ...

Is race baiting finished?

Donald Trump won the most shocking election victory in American history on Tuesday evening. He did so in the face of a media calling him racist, labeling his supporters “deplorables” and terming his victory a sign of “whitelash,” as Van Jones of CNN put it. He won a higher percentage of ...

A political 9/11 changes our world

Like the 2001 terrorist attacks, the Donald Trump upset win threatens Americans’ sense of safety and continuity. Financial markets went into convulsions, just as they did on that Sept. 11. The difference is that the 9/11 tragedy forged national unity, whereas the Trump election exposed grave ...

How the new Republican majority can succeed

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump won fair and square and, as Hillary Clinton said in her concession speech, is owed an open mind and a chance to lead. It is therefore incumbent upon conservatives (like me) who have been highly critical of Trump to think through how to make a success of the coming ...

The collateral shoe

Dear Heloise: As a schoolteacher, I can’t tell you how many pencils I purchased and gave out to use, never to see them again. Toward the end of my last year, I refused to purchase yet another pack, so I told the borrower to leave a SHOE under the table where the box of pencils was. They got ...