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Happy Mother’s Day!

Hopefully you (not Mom) are up early enough to make breakfast for that special woman in your life, Gingerbread Pancakes 1-1/2 c. flour 1/4 c. sugar 1 tsp. ginger 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 3 eggs, beaten 1 c. buttermilk 1/3 c. vegetable oil 1/4 ...

Happy Mother’s Day!

Editor’s note: At the request of our readers, we are pleased to reprint this column originally published on May 10, 2015. Over the years, I’ve struggled to find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. It’s been an ongoing battle for the past 49 years and while I’ve come close, I don’t ...

Sing a song of Happy Birthdays

Sunday columnist Wes Burns is off this week. Enjoy this column from the “Best of Burns” file, which originally ran Sept 27, 2015. Breathe deep the air of freedom, dear readers, for a yoke has been lifted from our collective necks. Judge George H. King, who is the chief U.S. district ...

It’s art on a minimal effort

The highlight of my artistic career consisted of an attempt at a clay vase that ended up looking like an old man’s face covered in gumbo. It was as if ghost Patrick Swayze came up from behind some unsuspecting woman at pottery class and made angry Swayz-love to her atop her creation. Then ...

Silver strikes new low

Silver prices have been mining out new lows over the last month but may have finally bottomed out after striking $16 per ounce on Tuesday. Prices fell from recent highs near $18.60 as investors grew fearful of further Federal Reserve interest rate hikes as the U.S. economy is showing ...

Awards have lost their meaning

Awards once meant something. There was a time not that long ago when they were given in recognition of important accomplishments. Today, we tend to value celebrity over steady achievement. Fame is paramount. It matters little how one attains it. The Kardashians are just one of many ...

‘Bro Culture’ companies may do poorly by being bad

What exactly does Uber have to offer that other companies do not? The ride-hailing service doesn’t own its cars or employ drivers. It’s basically a smartphone app that connects passengers to drivers using their own vehicles. Rival apps now do much the same thing. Uber rightly sees the ...

The Donald’s best pals: Barack and Hillary

Who are President Donald Trump’s two best friends in politics? Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. You see their smirks and those six bloody elbows between the three of them, and you figure this is no relationship. But it is a relationship that works ...

Foster your friendships!

Dear Heloise: I’ve discovered that my FRIENDSHIPS have made a big impact on my life and even my health! I’m more apt to get out, go exercise, go dancing and go to dinner with my friends than by myself. They support and encourage me. When I’ve gone through a job loss, the death of a ...

‘Animal House’ governance

“But what good came of it at last?” Quoth little Peterkin. “Why that I cannot tell,” said he, “But ‘twas a famous victory.” — Robert Southey “The Battle of Blenheim” (1798) WASHINGTON — Southey, a pacifist, wrote his anti-war poem long after the ...

Sally Yates sheds disturbing light on Trump and Flynn

WASHINGTON — The long-awaited testimony of former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates on former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn offered valuable insight on President Trump’s failure to dismiss the compromised former general until forced to do so by embarrassing press reports, and on ...

Career success is important, but can be hard on families

Q: As a successful executive, I’m gratified to now be hearing from headhunters who are recruiting me for even better positions across the country. I want to provide the best for my wife and kids. Are there family principles I should keep in mind as I weigh my options? Jim: A change to your ...

Historians still ruining Obama’s mythical memoir

Like Pavlov’s dogs, the liberal media salivated over the arrival of former President Barack Obama to receive the Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. The mythic figure returned to accept the honor in the middle of a two-hour live special on MSNBC, loaded with ...

A Ryancare fix for Medicaid

With the passage of a new health care bill in the House, the corridors of Congress are teeming with lobbyists fighting reform in order to protect the money they get off the government gravy train of current law. When talking about Medicaid, we are talking about big money. Current federal ...

Stop the summer slide with one simple solution

As the last tendrils of winter loosen their grasp and spring showers pave the way for summer blossoms, the literacy consultants at Area Education Agency 267 begin to hear a common question, “What can my students do to avoid the summer slide?” While the notion of a summer slide might ...

His Name Was Jordan Edwards

Another black boy was killed by police, this time in Texas. His name was Jordan Edwards. Jordan was 15, a “model student,” a “popular football player” and “a kid that did everything right.” He was a freshman at Mesquite High School, in a suburb east of Dallas. In a recorded ...

Cultural appropriation: A modest proposal

“Cultural appropriation” has become the latest evil denounced by soi-disant social justice warriors, on campus and off. Examples: “I was taught that white people shouldn’t listen to rap music because it’s cultural appropriation and could be offensive to my classmates,” writes ...

What Jim has learned today

I learned a new word … flummoxing. I found it used in an article in The Atlantic. For the life of me, I just can’t imagine ever using this word even though I myself am often flummoxed. And I find it a flummoxing sort of thing in and of itself … being so flummoxed over the word flummoxing. ...

Finding peace and comfort

The fire that destroyed the Villager Apartments over the weekend was a devastating loss for the residents and the entire community. As the flames tore through the interior of the building, a sense of hopelessness set in. This structure from the 1870s, damaged by fire only a few years earlier, ...

Don’t Just Do Something

The perennial desire of those in government, elected or not, is to just do something. People expect the government to act. They demand laws be passed. They want the regulatory state to work to their benefit. When the elected branches fail, people will run to the courts to just do something, or ...