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Since we live in a postmodern culture aren’t your appeals to Christian apologetics (reasoned arguments) no longer of any value? Also, no one comes to faith through intellectual arguments. Indeed postmodernists (those who hold to the belief that truth is relative, that it doesn’t exist in ...

Future Files

OJ Squeezes Higher, Coffee Spills Lower This week, orange juice prices flowed to a six-month high, while jitters about coffee sank that market near a three-month low. Frozen concentrated orange juice futures exploded after a USDA report on Thursday confirmed that Florida’s orange groves ...

All News Is Local

There used to be 324 newspapers in the state of Pennsylvania. Today, there are about 60, give or take a few. The Pennsylvania Gazette is the first one on record not just in the colony of Pennsylvania but in all of the Crown’s colonies. Benjamin Franklin bought the paper with a partner in ...

Being ‘unpresidential’ is not grounds to remove Trump

As prominent Republicans fret over Donald Trump’s “unpresidential” behavior, that broad and undefined sentiment was aptly summed up by GOP Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who lamented that the White House has become “an adult day care center.” In response to a fresh outburst from the ...

The auto industry has a glamorous past but an opaque future

Bending metal, slapping on chrome and marketing an empowering product and status marker that mesmerized 20th-century America, the automobile industry typified the Old Economy, of which General Motors was emblematic. As was its bankruptcy. Today, GM’s CEO Mary Barra is wagering that the ...

How can Dad spend more time with family?

Q: I’m a busy working man. I know I should be spending more time with my family, and I really want to. But I’m stumped as to how I can fit it all in; there’s just no place to cut anything. What can I do? Jim: There’s a hard truth that we sometimes have to face: We can always make time ...

The Russian Facebook Fizzle

In their book “Shattered,” Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes report that within 24 hours of losing the presidential election, Hillary Clinton was ordering her campaign to argue that it was hacked by Russia. Just as reporters leaped to find “news” to corroborate her allegations of a “vast ...

Censorship in Seattle

If it were a plague, the government would rush to quarantine the infected, as occurred during Europe’s Black Death in the 14th century. An immigration debate at Seattle University School of Law is a plague of a different sort, but deadly in a different way. The victim here is the right to ...

Iowa schools are making a difference in early literacy

Statewide efforts focused on making sure all Iowa students are proficient readers by the end of third grade are demonstrating a positive impact in the growth of literacy skills. A report released by the Iowa Department of Education highlights key findings since the early literacy law was ...

Such Empty Thoughts and Prayers

No matter how great one’s faith in God, after yet another massacre of innocent people, it’s impossible to believe that prayer alone is going to save us from ourselves. We’re living and grieving this essential truth, no matter how many times we try to tell ourselves and anyone who will ...

Both Parties’ Seem Determined to Lose the Next Elections

Almost no one disagrees that our two major political parties, the oldest and third-oldest in the world, have become increasingly extreme and estranged over the past decade. It’s a startling contrast with the state of political conflict in the dozen or so years after the fall of the Soviet ...

Jack LaLanne: ‘Helping people help themselves’

A person lives on if but one of their ideas or personal attributes transforms others. Such is the case with the late Francois Henri “Jack” LaLanne, who died in 2011 at age 96. For a large majority of his life he was an idea and attribute machine. My thoughts had turned to LaLanne ...

When ignorance is impervious to fact

You could call it a moment of truth, except that what actually came out of that moment was a realization of how little truth now matters. This is back in 2010, after I recounted in this space an astonishing feat of World War I heroism — a small African-American soldier named Henry Johnson, ...

The Normalization of Gun Violence Lies

It takes six months in America to get an X-ray, but you can buy an AR-15 immediately. That is one of the lies pushed by gun control advocates in the United States. It is easier to buy a gun in the United States than vote. Never mind that one needs photographic identification to do the former ...

Get Out of the Way

The hurricane devastation is severe. What should the federal government do? Give us lots of money, say many. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, demanded $150 billion — just for Texas. So far, Congress has agreed to $15 billion in hurricane relief. But more will come. Few Americans will ...

He’s becoming a man

Dear Dave, My son is about to go off to college, and I’m concerned about how he’ll handle his money when he gets there. We’ve taught all our children how to use your envelope system, and to save and give, but I’d like some advice on how he can safeguard his finances a little ...

The Dead Soul of Stephen Paddock

What was his motive? Why did he do it? Why did Stephen Paddock, 64, rent rooms at the Mandalay Bay hotel, sneak in an arsenal of guns, a dozen of them converted to fully automatic, and rain down death on a country music concert? “We will never know,” writes columnist Eugene ...

War Is Not a Spectator Sport

On Oct. 15, 2010, a father who knew from painful personal sacrifice the terror and the loss of combat, wrote to his son, who was at that moment leading a Marine platoon enduring almost relentless combat: ‘’I know you guys have taken some licks in the last few days. ... Robert you will ...

Taste of Central Iowa

As usual, I was looking through some old recipes I had clipped out of newspapers and magazines and found some I’m planning on trying including the Sweet Potato Cranberry Bake recipe I’m going to make for Thanksgiving this year. Sweet Potato Cranberry Bake 4 large sweet potatoes 2 c. ...

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Greg Arnerich, of Mesa, Ariz., pauses at a memorial for the victims of a mass shooting in Las Vegas earlier this week.

Mourning for those you didn’t know

Sometimes the most difficult part about being a journalist is having to separate yourself from the story. When an event occurs, you have to remain objective. It’s important that you present all viewpoints and avoid getting caught up in the emotion of the story. However, when 59 people ...