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Tracking and texting

Dear Heloise: I wanted to add to a reader's hint in your column, which I read every day in the Orange County (Calif.) Register. Anna S. suggested TAKING PICTURES of the odometer to keep track of her mileage.I go one step further by texting the picture to my email address. Not only can I view it ...

Are Hillary’s emails Donald’s lifeline?

WASHINGTON -- A judge's order that nearly 15,000 previously undisclosed emails from Hillary Clinton's private server may possibly be released has given Donald Trump's campaign a much-needed diversion to turn the public spotlight back onto her one glaring political vulnerability -- her ...

Hillary’s corruption is overwhelming

After over two decades in the heart of America's spotlight, Hillary Clinton is still an unknown quantity for most Americans. That's thanks to one factor and one factor only: the love and worship of the mainstream media.Over the weekend, no less than six terrible stories broke that would have ...

Community colleges strengthen lives, families and businesses

Community colleges continue to play an important role in our bipartisan efforts to expand Iowa's middle class.Community colleges are among the most affordable options for students seeking to further their education. They're the first place many Iowans go for college classes, job training and ...

Adult child of alcoholic addresses concerns with family

Q: I grew up in a home with an alcoholic father. I've abstained from alcohol because of it, but are there other issues I should be concerned about? I don't want this part of my past affecting my own family.Jim: As someone who's also been influenced by painful and dysfunctional family ...

Hillary Clinton’s cakewalk with the press

The media coverage of the presidential race is so tilted to the Democrats that even liberal analysts feel obliged to declare it. USA Today media columnist Michael Wolff asserted that this campaign isn't between Trump and Clinton. It's between Trump and the media that have turned against him in ...

As the cultural war rages, can we live together?

Religious liberty concerns continue to weigh heavily on church-going Americans. In a recent survey from Pew Research, 40 percent of those who reported attending church in the last few months said that clergy spoke about religious liberty.No other issue received more attention from clergy. And ...

Road to urban despair paved by Democrats

Riots broke out in Milwaukee the other day, and before that in other cities, each erupting with familiar sights: fire and pain, anger and looting.It will likely happen again in some other urban area, perhaps after a black man is killed by a police officer, whether the shooting is justified or ...

Sympathy for victims can be misdirected — and backfire

Victims aren't always virtuous. That's a sad lesson that people learn from life. Human beings have a benign instinct to help those who are hurt through no cause of their own. But those they help don't always turn out to be very grateful.And sometimes it's hard to be sure just who the victim is. ...

Better days are already here

The annual cicadas have barely begun their end-of-summer evensong in the trees behind our house, but children in the neighborhood are already headed back to school.Twice this week I've had to pull my car to a stop and wait until the school bus door opens with the familiar wheeze, releasing the ...

To ID or not to ID?

Every election cycle we must endure challenges and allegations about fraud (conservatives) and discrimination (liberals) when it comes to voter ID laws. This year is no different.A federal court ruled that the Texas Voter ID law passed in 2011, requiring voters to present official photo ...

6 Christmas Gifts to Make During Summer

If you don't have an abundant garden this year, don't worry. You can still make these wonderful, summery gifts to hold on to for Christmas. How wonderful it will be when you welcome the holiday season and your gifts are ready to go. You can find everything you need here at a local farmers ...

‘I am tired of Donald Trump’

I have a confession to make.I am tired of Donald Trump.At this point, November can't come fast enough. If we could cancel September and October, I'd do so in a heartbeat.In this, I'm hardly alone. Other pundits have said as much. Even comedians, for whom Trump is the functional equivalent of ...

Learning the Right Lessons

The growing consensus among Democrats and Republicans in Washington and among people within the orbits of both the Clinton and Trump campaigns is that Hillary Clinton will be the next President. The latest campaign shakeup by the Trump campaign, designed to "let Trump be Trump," will not gain ...

Mother is elderly; does she need long-term care insurance?

Dear Dave,I'm trying to help my elderly mom with her finances. She has no debt and more than $1 million in assets. There was also another $500,000 trust left for her by my dad. With access to all this, does she still need long-term health insurance?- AnonymousDear Anonymous,Absolutely! She also ...

It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

"I did it my way," crooned Sinatra.Donald Trump is echoing Ol' Blue Eyes with the latest additions to his staff. Should he lose, he prefers to go down to defeat as Donald Trump, and not as some synthetic creation of campaign consultants."I am who I am," Trump told a Wisconsin TV station, "It's ...

Happy New Year

As regular readers may remember, I have long insisted that Jan. 1 - smack in the middle of winter and completely overshadowed by Christmas, just a week earlier - makes no sense as to when to begin the year. Labor Day - the first Monday in September, when days grow shorter and weather cooler, ...

Love is thicker than blood

It was not hard to be captivated by the athletic talent on display during the Olympic Games in Rio. The sheer power, determination and fight that it takes to be an elite athlete epitomizes the years of training and the sacrifices the athletes and their families have made in order to reach the ...

A recommendation beyond redemption

As of 2:47 a.m. on Wednesday night/Thursday morning YouTube, and by extension Google, have "recommended" I watch the following videos:The Who - Eminence FrontBlockbuster Night Part 1 - Run The JewelsSteve Winwood - Higher LoveOh My God - The Unbearable Pageant"Rob & Chyna" Are Coming ...

When the cat’s away, robots get attacked

One of the supposed benefits of having cats is that they're more-or-less supposed to take care of themselves. That's what my cat salesman said, anyway. I think I was hoodwinked.Of course, you try and take the cat back, holding it in front of the salesman like a wrecked dust buster saying, "It's ...