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Our memories are long, our resolve unshakable

It was only a matter of time. So many of us women, so many men who love us — we knew this was coming. We knew it when Donald Trump praised Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as “a very fine woman ... very fine woman.” We knew it when he called her Senate testimony “very compelling.” She ...

Real economics

A widely anticipated textbook, “Universal Economics,” has just been published by Liberty Fund. Its authors are two noted UCLA economists, the late Armen A. Alchian and William R. Allen. Editor Jerry L. Jordan was their student and later became a member of President Ronald Reagan’s Council ...

Trump 2020?

I have wobbled back and forth on the idea of supporting President Donald Trump in 2020. I opposed him in 2016 and voted third-party. The candidate I supported, Evan McMullin, has, like so many others, abandoned all his values as his hatred of Trump poisons his conscience. I dare say the worst ...

A word on behalf of religion

These have been hard times for American institutions. Over the past four to five decades, confidence in nearly every institution of American life has declined. A 2018 Gallup survey found, for example, that trust in Congress stood at 42 percent in 1973 and dropped to 11 percent this year. Only ...

We are all deplorables now

F our days after he described Christine Blasey Ford, the accuser of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, as a “very credible witness,” President Donald Trump could no longer contain his feelings or constrain his instincts. With the fate of his Supreme Court nominee in the balance, Trump let his ...

Guilty as charged

Not for the first time, the criticism reads: “Why don’t you admit it, Shields? You reflexively like politicians.” It’s true. I do like most people who dare to run for political office. For me and most people I know, our lives are a succession of unpublicized setbacks and occasional ...

Women can be destroyed, too

One evening, my senior year in college, there was a knock at my door. When I answered, a student I didn’t know was standing there. He asked my name, and when I told him, he very politely asked if I would perform a sex act on him. After I picked my jaw up off the floor and told him he was ...

Kavanaugh circus includes plenty of sideshows

If the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process has revealed anything, it is that there’s an antidote for disaffection toward Republicans: Give Democrats the upper hand for about five minutes. Anyone tuning in to the first Senate Judiciary Committee hearings earlier this month surely thought ...

Criss Cross Peanut Butter Cookies

Get out the peanut butter and bake cookies. The Criss Cross Peanut Butter Cookie recipe is an oldie but a goodie. Criss Cross Peanut Butter Cookies 1 c. shortening 3 c. flour 1 c. white sugar 1-1/2 tsp. baking soda 1 c. brown sugar 1/2 tsp. salt 2 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 1 c. ...

‘What boy hasn’t done this in high school?’

Gina Sosa is not impressed by attempted rape. “What boy hasn’t done this in high school?” she asks. “Please, I would like to know.” Since she asked so nicely, I went on Twitter, looking for men who managed to get out of school without committing attempted rape. Turned out to be ...

The problem with Trump’s ‘doctrine of patriotism’

President Trump began his address to the United Nations this week with some of the boilerplate braggadocio that forms the basis of his rallies. The audience laughed. And, not surprisingly, this became the main story for most news networks and headline writers. That’s too bad, because no ...

The orange diet

There is a story in my family that has been told and retold so many times that I'm no longer certain of the truth behind the tale. It sits in that amorphous place of being either 100 percent accurate or 92 percent false. And knowing all the players in the story, I couldn't even begin to guess ...

New Trade Deal – Big Fanfare, Small Gains

Last Sunday, Canada joined the United States and Mexico in renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The new deal, dubbed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), maintains much of the old NAFTA with some new provisions that the Trump administration had been advocating for, ...

Ford’s case continues to erode

WASHINGTON — At a rally in Mississippi on Tuesday, President Trump ridiculed Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony last week to the Senate Judiciary Committee. “‘I had one beer,’” Trump said. “‘How did you get home?’ ‘I don’t remember.’ ‘How’d you get there?’ ‘I ...

America’s disturbing plunge into protectionism

WASHINGTON — The descent of American capitalism into a racket is being greased by professed capitalists in government, in collaboration with professed capitalists in what is called, with decreasing accuracy, the private sector. This is occurring under the auspices of Republicans, and while ...

The politicians we deserve

In the spring of 2011, then-Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana announced he would not seek the Republican presidential nomination, ending months of excitement among conservatives around his possible run. His family’s reservations under the spotlight far outweighed any political pressure he may ...

Voters want more choices on health care and less politics

Polls consistently show that health care is one of the top issues on voters’ minds heading into the midterm elections. It’s a powerful issue because it impacts everyone so personally and can have enormous consequences. At first glance, the opportunity for political action seems clear. ...

Holy Mole-y

An open letter to the mole(s) living in my yard. Dear fuzzy jerk(s), What. The. Heck. After having some piping replaced it has taken me nearly 16 months for my yard to look like it wasn’t just bombarded by German mortars. Now I wake up to discover a bunch of tunnels running all over the ...

The mump truck

Brad Heald was still weed eating 45 minutes before his daughter’s wedding. He wanted everything to be perfect for his only daughter, Coral. To the wedding guests, everything was perfect. There was a beautiful display of golden mums, 105 of them to be exact, spilling out of the raised bed of a ...

Smart snacks in school

The food and beverages sold in schools have significant impact on teenager’s diets and weight as nearly a quarter of their daily caloric intake comes from snacks. To ensure proper nutrition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture raised the bar for food and beverages sold to students at school ...