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Change Social Security to a program of ownership

I have been an advocate for years of changing our Social Security system to a program of ownership rather than government taxing and spending. To those walking around with the idea that Social Security is some kind of pension in which you have been investing for years — forget it. ...

Breakfast isn’t important

I skipped breakfast again this morning. I won’t worry about it. Yes, I’ve heard the advice. “It’s the most important meal of the day.” It balances blood sugar levels, kick-starts your metabolism, stimulates the brain, etc. A Harvard University study said men who regularly skip ...

Joe Biden suffers a political hit

Why does it seems like the political equivalent of a Mafia hit job on Joe Biden, who is being whacked before a much-anticipated announcement of his presidential plans? Most people who pay attention to such things have seen Biden’s hands-on approach when it comes to women. Not until the last ...

Change Social Security to a program of ownership

I have been an advocate for years of changing our Social Security system to a program of ownership rather than government taxing and spending. To those walking around with the idea that Social Security is some kind of pension in which you have been investing for years — forget it. ...

Now, more than ever, you need a rescue pet

We’ve got some good news here in the battleground state of Ohio, and it’s from the state legislature, even. This is the same Republican majority who wants to set the cutoff date for an abortion to that moment when a guy looks at you and thinks you should have his baby. We’ve learned to ...

R.I.P. Collusiongate

Collusiongate is now history. The late-Friday afternoon announcement that special counsel Robert Mueller had completed his investigation and Attorney General William Barr’s four-page letter released Sunday made it clear. “The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump ...

Caregivers, animal abuse and felon voting addressed

We continued with debate last week as the next funnel looms large in our minds as we press for our bills to come to the floor. Wednesday afternoon of last week we held a joint meeting of the House and Senate for the 2019 induction ceremony of new members of the Pioneer Lawmakers of Iowa. This ...

Welfare reform key issue in Senate

Week eleven finished in the Iowa Senate last week, leaving just over a month left until the scheduled end of the legislative session. Floor debate on a number of bills has continued as we work on legislation to send to the House for their consideration. The Iowa Senate passed a bill last week ...

Police aren’t enough

Sometimes, during my drive to work, I listen to Clarence Maurice Mitchell IV, host of the Baltimore’s WBAL C4 radio show. Mitchell was formerly a member of Maryland’s House of Delegates and its Senate. In recent weeks, Mitchell has been talking about the terrible crime situation in ...

Dear Dietitian

Dear Readers, Food allergies are on the rise in the United States, and it is estimated that as many as 8 percent of children suffer from at least one food allergy. A food allergy is when your body’s immune system responds to a certain food as harmful and has a reaction. These reactions can ...

Must the West beg the world for forgiveness?

As the Democratic Party quarrels over reparations for slavery, a new and related issue has arisen, raised by the president of Mexico. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has written Pope Francis I and King Felipe VI to demand their apologies for the Spanish conquest of Mexico that began 500 years ago ...

Hearing the President speak

In Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island, as a humble private, I was taught that at the very top of the chain of command stood the president of the United States, who was then Dwight D. Eisenhower. As supreme commander of the Allied forces in Europe, Gen. Eisenhower had made the fateful ...

Socialism in America

The closer we get to what I predict will be our most contentious election on November 3, 2020, the word `socialist’ will increasingly be used to label many candidates seeking political office. The S-word sends shivers down the spine of many Americans. It may be a shock to those who freely ...

Fantastic Meatballs

Today is just a variety of recipes to end the month of March. Fantastic Meatballs 2 lb. ground beef 1/2 lb. ground pork 2 c. Italian-flavored breadcrumbs 4 eggs 1 c. milk 1/2 c. cheese, grated 1 Tbls. olive oil 2 cloves, garlic, chopped fine 1 c. parsley, fresh, chopped ...

Requiem for an investigation

Cathartic, it was not. The relentlessly plodding Mueller report finally ended after a 22-month whodunit that climaxed to the sound of pffft. There is no evidence of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, special counsel Robert Mueller concluded. But, ...

‘This is the price of freedom’

“This is the price of freedom.” — Bill O’Reilly on the Las Vegas massacre “Freedom to be afraid is all you won.” — Gil Scott-Heron from “Gun” Originally, this was going to be a column about Sydney Aiello. She was 19 years old, a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in ...

The Mueller report is in, but the collusion story may never end

The story is not over. It may never be over in our lifetimes. But an important chapter has come to an end, and it had a happy ending for the president. Contrary to what we’re already beginning to hear from some quarters of the left, the Mueller probe almost certainly puts to rest the ...

A smell a week in the making

“Dear Lord, did someone die in here?” We rolled down the windows. We blasted the air conditioning. I considered driving the car through the car wash with the sunroof open. We had just returned to our car after it sat in the sun for a week while we went on a cruise. In our absence, ...

Presbyterian Criterion

I arrived in Mt. Pleasant on a Sunday morning after driving all night. My 12-step sponsor in Colorado had told me, “The first thing you do when you get to Mt. Pleasant is go to a twelve-step meeting and find a sponsor.” I took him seriously. Looking in the phone book, I called the number ...