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The effects of extreme heat, persistant pain

The long hot summer of 2019 is at last drawing to a close, and we already know it’s one for the record books. July proved to be the Earth’s hottest month on record. That said, 2019 is unlikely to set a new record for the warmest year, but it is a lock for making the top five. Researchers ...

Hi Ho Silver!

Metals traders got a wild ride this week as silver prices exploded nearly $1.50 per ounce in two days, then crashed by Friday morning. Overall, silver has gained more than $5 per ounce since late May; such a massive upward rise is typically accompanied by increased volatility. Gold and ...

Theodore McCarrick still won’t confess

Disgraced ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick was defrocked in February and ordered by Pope Francis to live a “life of prayer and penance.” It seems the message did not get through. McCarrick, it turns out, is unrepentant. Slate reporter Ruth Graham recently visited the Capuchin friary in ...

The power of example

The principal of Riley High School in South Bend, Indiana, is a gentleman named Shawn Henderson. Henderson has been Riley’s principal for two years, and his affection for and dedication to the school has endeared him to the students and their families. It is evident in everything he says and ...

How the Quest for Power corrupted Elizabeth Warren

I first met Elizabeth Warren when she was a professor at Harvard Law School, in 2004. She was fresh off the publication of her bestselling book, “The Two-Income Trap.” There’s no doubt she was politically liberal — our only face-to-face meeting involved a recruitment visit at the W ...

Trump golfs as Pence runs diplomatic errands

Another Labor Day in Donald Trump’s presidency passed as Hurricane Dorian ravaged the Bahama’s and threatened the U.S. Atlantic coast, and the president blithely golfed at one of his clubs in Virginia, yet untouched by the latest natural catastrophe. Television news outlets gave ...

Will Democrats tax your retirement savings?

The late bank robber Willie “The Actor” Sutton is said to have been asked by a reporter why he robbed banks, to which he supposedly replied, “Because that’s where the money is.” In his autobiography, Sutton denied the quote, but it serves as a warning to those who fear Democrats will ...

An excusing frenzy for Biden’s fact mangling

The Washington Post caused an uproar inside the media when it reported that former Vice President Joe Biden told a “moving but false” war story at a campaign stop in Hanover, New Hampshire, on Aug. 23. He told 400 people he’d been asked to travel to the Kunar province in Afghanistan to ...

Polls, fake news and trends

We are more than a year from the 2020 presidential election. It is too soon to see much of anything. But there are some trends we should pay attention to at this point. Last Monday, the national press corps had a moment of intense excitement because they thought they had finally succeeded in ...

Dear Dietitian

Dear Dietitian, I have acid reflux and gastroparesis, both are under good control with medication. I drink water and sugar-free sports drinks and I’m getting tired of them. Are there other drinks you would recommend? I do not have diabetes. Sharon Dear Sharon, It is not uncommon for ...

Criminologists mislead us

John Paul Wright, professor at University of Cincinnati, and Matthew DeLisi professor at Iowa State University have penned a powerful article titled “What Criminologists Don’t Say, and Why,” in City Journal, Summer 2017. There is significant bias among criminologists. The reason for that ...

Let them howl, Boris!

Facing a Parliamentary majority opposed to a hard Brexit — a crashing out of the EU if Britain is not offered a deal she can live with — Boris Johnson took matters into his own hands. He went to the Queen at Balmoral and got Parliament “prorogued,” suspended, from Sept. 12 to Oct. 14. ...

A world on fire

A question for this moment: If the Earth’s lungs were on fire and the doctor refused to treat it, would there be cause for a third-party intervention? This is a rhetorical query for now, but it surely nags the conscience of an outraged international community as the Amazon rainforest is ...

Sugar Free BBQ Sauce

Enjoy the long holiday weekend with what might be a last of the season barbeque. Sugar Free BBQ Sauce 1 Tbsp. canola or olive oil 1 c. onion, minced 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 beef bouillon cubes 1/2 c. hot water 3 (6oz. each) cans tomato paste, divided 1 c. Splenda 3/4 c. ...

Trump’s anti-journalism hit squad

“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” So says Dick the Butcher in Shakespeare’s “Henry VI, Part 2.” Though often regarded as a Renaissance-era lawyer joke, the line is actually a backhanded compliment to the legal profession. Dick, a follower of the rebel Jack Cade, ...

Without a suitable enemy, Trump is adrift

Last week there was a sharp uptick in speculation that President Trump is a few fries shy of a Happy Meal. Obviously, this is not the first time the idea has popped up that the commander in chief’s cheese might have slid off his cracker. Early in his presidency, and again in 2018, there was ...

High School Reunion

The bulk of those in my high school group of friends are a year older than I am. Recently, our group text thread was a robust conversation about whether they should attend their 20-year high school reunion. They chatted about whom they would want to see and whom they desperately would not want ...

Mt. Pleasant: Mythical State Football Champs of 1963

Only one team came close to scoring. Fairfield made it to Mt. Pleasant’s one yard line. Legendary Coach Bob Evans sent in Big Jon Anderson and told him to hit the center as hard as he could. Big Jon did as he was told. The ball popped loose and Mt. Pleasant pounced on it to maintain a perfect ...

Oopsy! I almost made a big mistake

I signed on to glassdoor.com. Glassdoor is a company that rates other companies. The idea is that anonymous reviews from anonymous reviewers will warn off good job seekers from accepting bad jobs. I am suspicious of online reviews. It’s how I got myself trapped into watching six seasons of ...

2020 Presidential candidate policy scorecard

With only 22 weeks remaining until the start of the Feb. 3 presidential primary and caucus calendar with three, possibly four Republican candidates and 21 Democrats vying to be America’s president, it’s time to start winnowing down what voters want their candidate’s platform to emulate. ...