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Is Mayor de Blasio an anti-asian bigot?

“Though New York City has one of the most segregated schools systems in the country,” writes Elizabeth Harris of The New York Times, until now, Mayor Bill de Blasio “was all but silent on the issue.” He was “reluctant even to use the word ‘segregation.’” Now the notion that ...

When politics was fun

On Sept. 26, 1960, when Democratic nominee John F. Kennedy and his Republican opponent, Richard Nixon, met in the first ever nationally televised presidential debate — watched or listened to live by some 60 percent of adult Americans — there were no overnight polls or sophisticated voter ...

Trial of former CIA officer reveals Chinese spying tactics

Chinese spying has been making news almost everywhere these days. A trial began in Virginia last week for a former Central Intelligence Agency officer accused of spying for China. Here in France, two retired foreign intelligence service officers have been held since December, accused of ...

A bee in Barr’s bonnet

Call me naive — I’ve been called worse — but it never occurred to me that Roseanne Barr’s firing would be viewed by some as a political statement. Alas, it seems I’m a mere babe in the thicket. When I recently wrote about Barr’s racist Twitter attack on Valerie Jarrett, I was ...

Enjoy the season

Today I have some recipes using fresh asparagus, Rhubarb and the grill. It’s time to enjoy the season. Ham Asparagus Quiche 1 c. cooked diced ham 9-inch pastry shell, partially baked 1 lb. fresh (trimmed to 4-inch pieces), cooked crisp tender & well drained 1 c. Swiss cheese, ...

As it turns out, black lives don’t matter

Black lives don’t matter. It is a message that has, for centuries, been woven like thread into the fabric of this nation. It was there when the Supreme Court said black people had no rights white people were bound to respect, there when Nazi POWs were seated at a Southern diner while ...

Every farm counts

By Zach Ducheneaux, Intertribal Agriculture Council In spite of notable efforts on the part of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service and others, American Indians continue to be one of the most underrepresented groups in the Census of Agriculture. The number of American Indian ...

Disinterest in politics is growing in disinformation era

The human mind can focus on only so much — and President Donald Trump has been exploiting this truism to his advantage since taking office. Each week in this highly unconventional presidency, scandals, missteps, policy incoherence and sheer incompetence have made it difficult to focus on what ...

Teacher trauma: Embracing technology

Tomorrow I teach my seventh class. It's easy to remember the exact number because that's how it is with trauma. The actual experience may fade into a haze of chalk dust, but the number of times you've experienced such agony remains. Chalk dust? Whom am I kidding? There is no chalk. And that's ...

Blossom’s revenge

Blossom doesn't like being weaned. Not one bit. When I go in her pen to check her calf starter, hay and water, she pesters me to no end, nose bumping me for milk and sucking on anything she can get ahold of — like clothing, fingers or elbows. (She thinks I'm her mother.) That nose bumping ...

Perfect teeth to mouthful of horror

Many people are hesitant to visit the dentist. For the last 25 years, it’s been a chance to have relative strangers regularly compliment me. It’s better than therapy. “Wow, Kelly, once again your teeth are fantastic,” they say in a revered voice one would use when meeting their ...

Pork Market Sizzles Higher

Hog futures are nearing a one-year high, trading Friday for over 80 cents per pound. Prices are exploding as short-term supplies run low as meatpackers buy hogs ahead of the grilling season and Father’s Day. Upcoming hot weather will also put stress on hogs, which will cause the animals to ...

Ask Augustine

by Paul A. Tambrino, Ed.D., Ph.D. Isn’t it true that the recent deluge of atheist best-sellers (by Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens, etc.) have shown that belief in God and in sin have become intellectually indefensible for all thinking people in the academic world? I ...

Obama took lying to new heights with the Iran deal

When it comes to the Iran nuclear deal, the Obama administration increasingly appears to have been a bottomless pit of deception. First, President Barack Obama failed to disclose to Congress the existence of secret side deals on inspections when he transmitted the nuclear accord to Capitol ...

Heaven’s Newest Angel

There are those who believe he should never have been allowed to be born. He came into this world prematurely with severe spina bifida, Chiari II malformation, hydrocephalus, autonomic dysreflexia, central sleep apnea, dysphagia, hypotonia and paralyzed vocal cords. He would develop chronic ...

Mixed views on a ‘blue wave’ rising

Primary election voting across the country Tuesday gave Democrats grounds to hope strong turnout by the faithful in the November midterm congressional elections will give them control of the House of Representatives, where any impeachment effort against President Trump would by law begin. In ...

The dirt on colonoscopies

If you haven’t had a colonoscopy, you’re not missing much, except a chance to save your life. Colon and rectal cancer rates are soaring among young and middle-aged adults. In response to the alarming data, last week the American Cancer Society called for screening beginning at age 45, ...

Supreme Court: Be polite when you violate others’ rights

This week, the Supreme Court ruled on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. That case involved a religious Christian man, Jack Phillips, who decorates cakes for a living. Two men came into his shop one day and demanded that Phillips decorate a cake for their same-sex wedding. Phillips refused. For ...

The politics of cake

Nothing appears beyond the reach of the social engineers, not even cake. In a 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court said the Colorado Human Rights Commission had failed to take into account the religious beliefs of a Lakewood baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Justice Anthony ...

Will more blacks vote Republican?

As we churn through primary season, laying the framework for November’s elections, we’re seeing the emergence of a new face of the Democratic Party — more progressive, more left wing. The Democratic Party is delivering more candidates around the nation like Stacey Abrams, recently ...