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Trump rates close to zero on ‘war’ against opioids

Police near Daytona Beach, Florida, recently came upon an SUV with the motor running and three little kids in the back. The parents were dead in front from a fentanyl overdose. The city of East Liverpool, Ohio, posted a shocking photograph of another overdosed couple, heads back and mouths open ...

Cleaning needlepoint

Dear Heloise: I have several antique NEEDLEPOINT chairs and wall hangings. They are beautiful, but I was nervous about cleaning them. Then I tried the following hints, which work great: * Vacuum on low power. Gently wand the chairs and hangings with the vacuum to pick up dust. Don’t touch ...

Nurturing our capacity for regeneration

OSSINING, N.Y. — Sparkling in the sunlight that inspired 19th-century romantic painters of the Hudson River School, Sing Sing prison’s razor wire, through which inmates can see the flowing river, is almost pretty. Almost. Rain or shine, however, a fog of regret permeates any ...

Sessions adamant in defense of himself, Trump

WASHINGTON — Beleaguered Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the firing of FBI Director James Comey, faced the lions before the Senate Intelligence Committee this week, and survived with barely a scratch. For more ...

Sibling rivalry

Many times, I write these articles to find out answers to my own questions, based on personal experiences. Today is no different. My children are ages 16 and 11. They are perfect gifts from God whom I love very much. However, they fight! Like most siblings, they fight about anything from where ...

Comey flunks the New York Times

Liberal media outlets like The New York Times have a political objective driving their coverage: Ruin President Trump. This is why the “news” producers treated former FBI Director Jim Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee as a Watergate moment, a first impeachment ...

Draining the Dodd-Frank swamp

The House just passed the Financial CHOICE Act, which enacts major reforms to the Dodd-Frank Act, signed into law by President Obama in 2010. The 2,300-page Dodd-Frank Act was passed to fix what supposedly was broken in our financial system that led to the massive financial collapse in ...

Is college worth It? Increasing numbers say no

“Too many people are going to college,” writes my American Enterprise Institute colleague Charles Murray. That’s not a response to the mob of students who attacked him and the liberal professor who had invited him to speak back in March at Middlebury College. It’s the title of the third ...

Poor Eric Trump

This week, the president’s second-eldest son went on national television and dropped all pretense of what we knew had never happened anyway. Instead of weaving yet another magical tale about how the brothers Trump are now rulers of the family empire and keeping it totally separate from ...

Lying liars

“I’ll never lie to you.”— Jimmy Carter, the 1976 presidential campaign. All politicians lie, because they are human and all humans lie. The question before us is this: If President Trump lied to FBI Director James Comey, should that “lie,” lead to impeachment? Did he obstruct ...

What Jim has learned today

I learned there are in this world those who merit our admiration. Most in this world merit our respect. There are some in this world who merit our sympathies. There are a few who merit our pity. And … there are some in this world who merit our contempt. It is not always an easy thing to ...

A Nation of Men, Not Laws

James Comey testified this past week before the Senate. There are things the media will downplay that should not be downplayed. The media agenda, however, is to cast as much doubt on the president as possible. They do this not just because of a liberal bias, but because discord and doubt are ...

This president has failed

The Republican Party wants us to grade Donald Trump on a curve. No other conclusion is possible after a week of high drama and reality avoidance that would have wrecked the president’s good name, if he had one. The highlight, of course, was former FBI Director James Comey testifying under ...

The Impeach-Trump Conspiracy

Pressed by Megyn Kelly on his ties to President Trump, an exasperated Vladimir Putin blurted out, “We had no relationship at all. ... I never met him. ... Have you all lost your senses over there?” Yes, Vlad, we have. Consider the questions that have convulsed this city since the Trump ...

Virginia Shows the Future

Without Virginia, we probably never would have become the United States. It was Virginian leadership and talent that created the nation. Think first of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe, and don’t forget Chief Justice John Marshall, Patrick Henry ...

What to do with the leftover?

Dear Dave, When you use the envelope system, what should you do with any leftover money? — Mandy Dear Mandy, My suggestion would be to carry it over to the next month. Lots of folks don’t use all the money in their clothing envelope during a month. There’s nothing wrong with ...

I scream for ice cream

Since June is Dairy Month I have a couple of ice cream recipes. The Mock Ice Cream Sandwich recipe is just an easy and good treat any month of the year. Easy Homemade Ice Cream 1/2 c. milk (you can use skim) 1 Tbsp. sugar 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract (or any flavor extract) Ingredients ...

Food, fun, some good will and open hearts

Has anyone really ever borrowed a cup of sugar from their neighbor? In the old TV series, “Bewitched,” Gladys Kravitz would visit Samantha under the guise of needing the sweet ingredient, presumably for baking or for coffee. Of course, she really was just snooping to see what was going on ...

No such thing as a killer fidget spinner

“None of it happened and we’ve got the facts to prove it.” I’m submitting the previous phrase as the new slogan for the AP’s endlessly entertaining and depressingly prolific AP FACT CHECK section. I keep checking in with FACT CHECK, assuming that the section will either quickly burn ...

Nation’s news levels reach peak level

EVERYWHERE, USA —The World Health Organization issued a warning regarding the level of news in the United States, raising the level from “Meh” to “OMG You Guys! RUN!” News levels had been steadily rising for approximately two years, however has surged in the last seven months to ...