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Insurance for young couple

Dear Dave,My wife and I are both in our early 20s, we're debt-free, and we're just a couple of months away from having a fully loaded emergency fund of six months of expenses. We both also have 401(k) plans at work, and we're looking forward to starting additional investments later this year. ...

Low-and-Slow Bacon and 7 More Useful Tips

FOOLPROOF BACON. What's the easiest - and mess-free - way to cook bacon and get the least amount of shrinkage? Low and slow in the oven, at 365 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.HEALTHIER, GREENER HOUSEPLANTS. Whether you've got a green thumb or not, you probably want your houseplants to ...

‘Roots’ kindles the courage in us to confront history

Everything was different, the day after.If you are a child of the millennium, if you've never known a world without 500 networks, it may be difficult for you to get this. You might find it hard to appreciate how it was when there were only three networks and no DVR nor even VCR, so that one ...

Rape culture goes potty

Marshall University, like many other universities, takes "rape culture" seriously. What is rape culture? According to Marshall University on its website, "Rape Culture is an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in the media ...

Failure to act on immigration reform dangers Americans

Decisions always have a consequence. That's what I told my daughter as she was growing up. Make a decision to do something but, realize, you must then live with the consequences. I'm left wondering if Washington politicians had mothers who taught them the same lesson.The consequence of ...

It’s all about hot dogs!

It's time to kick off summer and what better way to do that than to eat a hot dog.Crazy Corn Dogs2 Tbls.yellow cornmeal1 pkg. refrigerated cornbread twists1 pkg. hot dogs2 Tbls. grape jelly1/2 c. ketchupPreheat oven to 375 degrees. Sprinkle cornmeal on large cutting board. Unroll dough on ...

Crude rebounds to $50

Crude oil prices punched to the highest price since last October, hitting $50.21 per barrel on Thursday. Prices have nearly doubled since falling near $26 in February, rising as global oil production has slowed, especially due to output shortfalls in Canada, Libya, and Nigeria.U.S. crude oil ...

Commencement season

This is the season of college Commencement speeches - an art form that has seldom been memorable, but has increasingly become toxic in recent times.Two themes seem to dominate Commencement speeches. One is shameless self-advertising by people in government, or in related organizations supported ...

The public squalor of airport security

I was about to share my own sob story, when I read that hundreds of passengers missed their flights at Chicago O'Hare International Airport because of hourslong security lines. Many had to sleep on cots overnight, awaiting a morning escape. American Airlines says that in March, about 6,800 ...

Veterans can fill skilled job openings

Iowa needs skilled workers to fill immediate openings and anticipated retirements over the next five years. Our state has an average of 34,718 daily job vacancies and more than 100,000 workers are likely to retire by 2021.Attracting and retaining military service members and veterans can help ...

Perfume placement a plus

Dear Heloise: Where is the best place to STORE MY PERFUME? I want easy access to it when I'm getting ready in the morning. - Lisa N. in PittsburghHi, Lisa. Perfume storage is important. We pay a pretty penny to smell pretty, so here are some hints to help:* Avoid storing fragrances in places ...

An independence day for Britain?

LONDON - Leaders of the campaign to end Britain's membership in the European Union hope that next month's referendum will make June 23, 2016, a date as luminous in modern British history as May 3, 1979, when voters made Margaret Thatcher prime minister. Michael Gove, secretary of justice and ...

In next presidential primary, Dems must jettison superdelegates

WASHINGTON - Bernie Sanders is pushing for concessions from the Democratic Party establishment in return for his promised support for Hillary Clinton once she indisputably nails down the 2016 presidential nomination. One change he wants is an end to the superdelegate category to the party's ...

Are video games harming my child?

If you're a parent with children at home, chances are you're familiar with the question of "to allow or not to allow": the huge dilemma parents face when deciding if they should let their kids play violent video games.There's been a lot of debate over the issue of how exposure to violent video ...

Six-figure fines for gender pronouns?

The left used to congratulate itself on being the "Free Speech Movement." It used to celebrate the rebellious anarchists who used obscene words and forced sexually graphic images and conversations into the public sphere. Conservatives were the ones who insisted on decency in the public ...

A better way to run for president

The frustration of many voters over the way presidential candidates are selected has come to a head with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the presumptive nominees of their respective parties.If this is the best we can do, maybe we should consider a better way.As of May 3, according to ...

Clinton policies to end pay gap would just make it larger

Women, lamented Hillary Clinton in an April 2014 tweet, make just 77 cents on the dollar to men. As a presidential candidate she has repeated that lament again and again, updating the numbers, in line with government statistics, to 78 cents in July 2015 and 79 cents this year. This injustice, ...

Dear Bernie bullies, I’m so over you

In early August 1968, just weeks after Bobby Kennedy was killed, my father and I took a walk through the fields of my great-grandmother's house and plotted my career.We didn't know that at the time. I was only 11. He was 31, a father of four who had already worked for more than a decade at the ...

No, Trump, the most dangerous place in the world is not Ferguson

I hesitate to bring up facts. If recent years have proven nothing else, they've proven that we have fully embarked upon a post-factual era wherein the idea that a thing can be knowable to an objective certainty - and that this should matter - has been diminished to the point of near ...

The Surrender of Principle

This past week, a group of conservatives were invited to meet Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in California. Facebook scrambled to do damage control over a story that suggested conservatives were being censored on Facebook.The specific allegation, made by one aggrieved self-identified conservative ...