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Get Pet Hair and Fragrance Buildup Out of the Laundry

DEAR MARY: I am one of your millions of fans. Your insight, tips, products and recipes are terrific. Thank you for your time and effort. I'm looking for something I can purchase or make myself to extract dog hairs from fabric in the dryer. Years ago I purchased a kind of dry ball, which looked ...

Obamacare stumbles on

For years, Obamacare supporters have been telling critics of the law to shut up and fall in line. Now, they are urging them to come to its rescue.A key part of President Barack Obama's domestic legacy is sputtering so badly that even the law's boosters are admitting that the federal government ...

Farm Team Conservatism

This has been a bad year for conservatives at the ballot box. Washington Republicans and their allies, enabled by chaos in the presidential race, began targeting down-ballot conservatives for defeat. They were highly successful.Concurrently, the last vestiges of the old tea party movement ...

Pardoned for the Sex Crime He Never Committed

He was accused of an unspeakable crime he did not commit. For 27 years, Earnest Leap of Oakview, Missouri, has lived with the ugly label of child molester. With his name on a public sex offender list, word quickly spread that he had sexually abused his own son and admitted it in court.The facts ...

Conquistador Trump

In accepting the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto to fly to Mexico City, the Donald was taking a major risk.Yet it was a bold and decisive move, and it paid off in what was the best day of Donald Trump's campaign.Standing beside Nieto, graciously complimenting him and speaking warmly ...

Democrats Really Need White Blue-Collar Voters

You're a white male blue-collar voter, and you think about how your nation's political and financial establishment has treated you and yours over the past 25 years. All ''the best people'' - presidents and prize-winning professors and respected editorial writers - told you that American trade ...

A Trump-Putin alliance would be good for capitalism

Critics of Donald Trump are apoplectic about the possibility that the Republican presidential nominee could align himself with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Ever since the two men offered words of praise for each other - Putin referring to Trump as "bright," and Trump praising Putin's ...

Nixon, radiation and the Avengers

Two weeks ago I spent my weekend trekking about New York. Last weekend I conducted a rigorous scientific experiment regarding the effects of 18 hours of sleep on the human body (results: somehow sleepier than before).So these last few days I've taken a break from my jet setting and bed sleeping ...

The scientifically-implausible Bubble Guppies

Dear producers of the children's animated television program "Bubble Guppies",As a father of two children under the age of six, I've been subjected to your content on a fairly regular basis, made even more frequent when my oldest learned how to operate the remote and with little energy left ...

Gasoline drops for Labor Day

After a dramatic rise during early August, gasoline prices have plummeted back down, losing over 13 cents per gallon this week. The decline coincided with the upcoming Labor Day weekend, which is often recognized as the end of the summer driving season.Prices fell after weekly stockpiles of ...

A gem in Chicago

We have gotten so used to seeing college presidents and other academic ''leaders'' caving in to so many outrageous demands from little gangs of bullying students that it is a long overdue surprise to see a sign that at least one major university has shown some backbone.Dr. Robert J. Zimmer, ...

Do Trump’s white men really want problems fixed?

Some harsh truths: Years ago, blue-collar America suffered mightily in the loss of manufacturing jobs. Everyone knows that. Many new, high-paying factory jobs are today going unfilled because workers aren't being trained for them. Some know that. Donald Trump has done about zero to offer these ...

Information you need about property taxes

The property tax statements payable in 2016-17 were mailed to Marshall County property owners this past week.The Marshall County Treasurer's Office is certified to collect $52.82 million in property taxes (does not include excise tax from utility companies). Depending on where you live, your ...

Tablet transition

Dear Heloise: I'm an avid reader, but as I've gotten older, I've found myself struggling to read the print in books on my shelf. Yes, I've had my eyes checked, so that's not the problem! I tried "large-print" books, but the selection of those is limited. My son bought me an ELECTRONIC TABLET, ...

A ‘slush fund’ by any other name

WASHINGTON - Because truth in labeling laws are among the laws from which Washington feels exempt, the titles of congressional legislation often take liberties with the facts (e.g., the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). The Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act, however, precisely names ...

The presidential campaign runs off the rails

WASHINGTON - It's not enough that a major American political party has nominated for president a man demonstrably unqualified for the nation's highest office. Now the 2016 campaign has been hijacked by a slew of tabloid-worthy stories, reducing the noble civic endeavor of self-government to ...

The unfolding Clinton Foundation fiasco

The Clinton Foundation has become a serious problem for the Hillary Clinton campaign. Everyone knows the Clintons made a mockery of the promises they made to Team Obama. Even the left-wing site PolitiFact says that it's "Mostly False" that they obeyed the rules.Like her husband, Bill Clinton, ...

What we can learn from Simone Biles

The story of remarkable Simone Biles, America's new record-breaking Olympic gymnast, serves up a powerful elixir for America's troubled soul. We need only take a close look and learn.Biles came into this world in circumstances which most would conclude were hopeless: black, poor, fatherless, ...

Colorado’s anti-fracking crackup

If a pair of extreme green ballot measures fall in the Rocky Mountains and no one in the liberal media is paying attention, does the collapse make a sound?This week, two anti-fracking initiatives backed by deep-pocketed environmental lobbying heavyweights, such as the Sierra Club and ...

Bright eyed and bushy tailed

If you have children at home, you know that each morning before school begins, your child will wake up in one of two moods; happy - looking "bright eyed and bushy tailed" or grumpy - still tired and resistant to start the day. While we, as adults, don't always wake up ready to conquer the day, ...