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Adult child of alcoholic addresses concerns with family

Q: I grew up in a home with an alcoholic father. I've abstained from alcohol because of it, but are there other issues I should be concerned about? I don't want this part of my past affecting my own family.Jim: As someone who's also been influenced by painful and dysfunctional family ...

Hillary Clinton’s cakewalk with the press

The media coverage of the presidential race is so tilted to the Democrats that even liberal analysts feel obliged to declare it. USA Today media columnist Michael Wolff asserted that this campaign isn't between Trump and Clinton. It's between Trump and the media that have turned against him in ...

As the cultural war rages, can we live together?

Religious liberty concerns continue to weigh heavily on church-going Americans. In a recent survey from Pew Research, 40 percent of those who reported attending church in the last few months said that clergy spoke about religious liberty.No other issue received more attention from clergy. And ...

Road to urban despair paved by Democrats

Riots broke out in Milwaukee the other day, and before that in other cities, each erupting with familiar sights: fire and pain, anger and looting.It will likely happen again in some other urban area, perhaps after a black man is killed by a police officer, whether the shooting is justified or ...

Sympathy for victims can be misdirected — and backfire

Victims aren't always virtuous. That's a sad lesson that people learn from life. Human beings have a benign instinct to help those who are hurt through no cause of their own. But those they help don't always turn out to be very grateful.And sometimes it's hard to be sure just who the victim is. ...

Better days are already here

The annual cicadas have barely begun their end-of-summer evensong in the trees behind our house, but children in the neighborhood are already headed back to school.Twice this week I've had to pull my car to a stop and wait until the school bus door opens with the familiar wheeze, releasing the ...

To ID or not to ID?

Every election cycle we must endure challenges and allegations about fraud (conservatives) and discrimination (liberals) when it comes to voter ID laws. This year is no different.A federal court ruled that the Texas Voter ID law passed in 2011, requiring voters to present official photo ...

6 Christmas Gifts to Make During Summer

If you don't have an abundant garden this year, don't worry. You can still make these wonderful, summery gifts to hold on to for Christmas. How wonderful it will be when you welcome the holiday season and your gifts are ready to go. You can find everything you need here at a local farmers ...

‘I am tired of Donald Trump’

I have a confession to make.I am tired of Donald Trump.At this point, November can't come fast enough. If we could cancel September and October, I'd do so in a heartbeat.In this, I'm hardly alone. Other pundits have said as much. Even comedians, for whom Trump is the functional equivalent of ...

Learning the Right Lessons

The growing consensus among Democrats and Republicans in Washington and among people within the orbits of both the Clinton and Trump campaigns is that Hillary Clinton will be the next President. The latest campaign shakeup by the Trump campaign, designed to "let Trump be Trump," will not gain ...

Mother is elderly; does she need long-term care insurance?

Dear Dave,I'm trying to help my elderly mom with her finances. She has no debt and more than $1 million in assets. There was also another $500,000 trust left for her by my dad. With access to all this, does she still need long-term health insurance?- AnonymousDear Anonymous,Absolutely! She also ...

It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

"I did it my way," crooned Sinatra.Donald Trump is echoing Ol' Blue Eyes with the latest additions to his staff. Should he lose, he prefers to go down to defeat as Donald Trump, and not as some synthetic creation of campaign consultants."I am who I am," Trump told a Wisconsin TV station, "It's ...

Happy New Year

As regular readers may remember, I have long insisted that Jan. 1 - smack in the middle of winter and completely overshadowed by Christmas, just a week earlier - makes no sense as to when to begin the year. Labor Day - the first Monday in September, when days grow shorter and weather cooler, ...

Love is thicker than blood

It was not hard to be captivated by the athletic talent on display during the Olympic Games in Rio. The sheer power, determination and fight that it takes to be an elite athlete epitomizes the years of training and the sacrifices the athletes and their families have made in order to reach the ...

A recommendation beyond redemption

As of 2:47 a.m. on Wednesday night/Thursday morning YouTube, and by extension Google, have "recommended" I watch the following videos:The Who - Eminence FrontBlockbuster Night Part 1 - Run The JewelsSteve Winwood - Higher LoveOh My God - The Unbearable Pageant"Rob & Chyna" Are Coming ...

When the cat’s away, robots get attacked

One of the supposed benefits of having cats is that they're more-or-less supposed to take care of themselves. That's what my cat salesman said, anyway. I think I was hoodwinked.Of course, you try and take the cat back, holding it in front of the salesman like a wrecked dust buster saying, "It's ...

Corn dogs anyone?

Today I have corn dog recipes in honor of the Iowa State Fair.Corn Dogs2 quarts vegetable oil, for frying8 candy-apple craft sticks8 (2-ounce) hot dogs1 c. fine- or medium-ground yellow cornmeal1 c. flour1-1/2 tsp. baking powder1/2 tsp. salt1 c. whole milk2 large eggs2 Tbls. honey2 Tbls. ...

Trump and Blacks

Who would have thought that Donald Trump, of all people, would be addressing the fact that the black community suffers the most from a breakdown of law and order? But sanity on racial issues is sufficiently rare that it must be welcomed, from whatever source it comes.When establishment ...

The price of powerlessness

WASHINGTON - This week Russian bombers flew out of Iranian air bases to attack rebel positions in Syria. The State Department pretended not to be surprised. It should be. It should be alarmed. Iran's intensely nationalistic revolutionary regime had never permitted foreign forces to operate from ...

Is the Left Really Wary of Clinton?

The hard left can be an unforgiving crowd, not always mindful of the give-and-take required to get things done. Donald Trump's fascist-lite ravings are anathema to them, but with moderate Republicans migrating to Hillary Clinton, some on the left worry that a President Clinton might feel less ...