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Dealing with identity theft during the shutdown

I’m betraying no secrets by observing that the government shutdown provides a window of opportunity for identity and electronic theft. Trust me, the crooks already know this. And, unfortunately, so do I. Short story: I decided to start collecting Social Security (even though I couldn’t ...

Obscenity’s not just a set of words

As a general rule, I don’t curse a lot. I’ve found that I can usually express myself effectively enough without it. And it’s always seemed to me that foul language, used ubiquitously, loses its primary value, i.e., its ability to shock or to state a thing with force. How seriously should ...

‘Green New Deal’ a product of ideological recycling

It’s fitting that the Green New Deal pushed by many but popularized by Democratic phenom Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who had her “60 Minutes” debut on Sunday, is a triumph of recycling. Not of plastic bags or soda cans, but of ideas. Specifically, Franklin D Roosevelt’s New Deal ...

Butterflies for Christmas

My 3-year-old wanted one thing from Santa this year: butterflies. Not butterfly-print dresses or rubber butterfly toys. Not even the creepy pinned-down dead butterflies in display cases. Real, living butterflies. And by George, the big man in red brought her some come Christmas morning. Well, ...

Finally getting coached

Recently my wife thought she would buy me a new water bottle. It’s the type of loving gift spouses give one another that basically says, “Here. Now you can stop annoyingly drinking out of mine you dehydrated desert lizard.” Love comes in so many forms. But this is not an ordinary water ...

Octogenarian gives away books to change lives

The voice on the phone was of an elderly man. I could hardly understand him. My name is Tommy Sinnott. I’m from Nauvoo, Illinois. I read your column. Have you ever read the book, ‘The Purpose Driven Life’ by Rick Warren? I lied and said I had. All I needed was another book to read. ...

Beef grinds higher

Cattle prices are continuing to climb, reaching an 11-month high on Friday above $1.25 per pound. Beef demand has been strong as the U.S. economy continues its steady expansion, giving consumers more confidence that they can splurge on steaks. Cattle prices jumped up this week as Winter ...

Democrats were for a wall before they were against it

Barring some miraculous breakthrough, on Saturday the current government shutdown will become the longest in American history. But it has already hit another historic milestone: It is, by far and away, the stupidest government shutdown in American history. In 2019, the federal government will ...

Donald, Nancy and Chuck prove to be lousy sausage-makers

Before we get into all the liberal media hysteria over the government shutdown and the southern border, and Donald, Nancy and Chuck hissing at one another while avoiding a workable compromise sitting right in front of their noses, a word about sausage-making. Yes. Sausage-making. Because what ...

Brexit shows how direct democracy can be dangerous

“In my country the people can do as they like, although it often happens that they don’t like what they have done.” — Winston Churchill, 1946 During the Second World War, as U.S. power was eclipsing Britain’s, Harold Macmillan, a future prime minister, reportedly said, “These ...

The scientific experts who hate science

This week, the American Psychological Association proved once again that it is a political body rather than a scientific one. This isn’t the first time a major mental health organization has favored politics over science — in 2013, the American Psychiatric Association famously reclassified ...

Trump tempts constitutional crisis with threat

President Trump blinked in his emotional Oval Office defense of shutting down the government over what he termed “a humanitarian crisis, a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul” along our southern border. After reciting all his justifications for the shutdown, many of them false or ...

Democrats’ tenuous grasp of ‘morality’

Articles about the left’s hypocrisy and appalling double standards are barely newsworthy these days. Even so, the Democrats have displayed new lows on that score this week, throwing around the word “morality” as if they are the nation’s arbiters of it. On immigration, for example, ...

Making family resolutions

Over the holiday break, my family participated in a “stay-cation.” No fancy trips, just time at home to relax, clean, organize and have fun as a family. Now, it’s a new year and we are reconnecting through board games. In the spirit of setting goals for the new year, what resolutions did ...

The Trump speech and the response

Despite advance billing that President Trump’s border wall speech would break news and contain new information, it was mostly familiar rhetoric: criminals and drugs, rapists and murderers are coming to America and the wall is the only way to stop them. The president named families who have ...

Soft and deferential to Democrats

The media have spent the last two years arrogantly proclaiming that they are the urgently needed public servants who would boldly challenge power and ask the tough questions. But does that boldness continue when the Democrats win some power back? It doesn’t look like it. Democrats can say the ...

MCC is focused on student success and retention

The issues of student success and retention are something on which all colleges across the United States are focused. The goal of retention is to have students remain enrolled from fall to spring semester and from first year to second year. Retention and student success are campus-wide ...

Sister, teacher

Last month, I drove an hour east of Cleveland to Ashtabula, Ohio, where I grew up and where my youngest sister, Toni, is a high school English teacher. Once a week, she also teaches a “career enrichment” class for eighth-graders, which is why I was there. Our old high school is long gone, ...

Think things are bad now? They were lots worse in 1919

The hundredth anniversary of the Armistice that ended the fighting of World War I in Europe came and went with surprisingly little notice last Nov. 11. Commemoration was muted for a conflict that took the lives of some 15 to 19 million soldiers and civilians — estimates vary widely — ...

Black education: A glimmer of hope

In reference to efforts to teach black children, the president of the St. Petersburg, Florida, chapter of the NAACP, Maria Scruggs, said: “The (school) district has shown they just can’t do it. ... Now it’s time for the community to step in.” That’s a recognition that politicians and ...