Opinion

Corn pops over soggy fields

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Corn prices popped this week as markets grew increasingly concerned about severe planting delays across the Corn Belt. Nationwide, only 30 percent of the crop had been planted as of last week, compared to a recent average near 60 percent. Waterlogged fields are preventing farmers from being ...

Joe Biden’s heresy

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The left is starting to take aim at Democratic front-runner Joe Biden. At a conference this week, liberal activists repeatedly booed when told that Biden wanted to find “middle ground” on climate policy. When an audience member shouted “No middle ground!” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, ...

Eliminating abortion requires a language of love

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In one of the most compelling scenes of the 2006 movie “Bella,” a handsome and charismatic soccer player named Jose is driving through a New York City neighborhood with his manager, Eduardo, on his way to sign a multimillion-dollar professional soccer contract. The camera suddenly cuts away ...

Once upon a time in America

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There was a time in American history — nearly all of it up to the presidency of Woodrow Wilson — when the federal government followed basic constitutional norms. With some unique and discrete exceptions, like the Civil War, Congress wrote the laws, the president enforced them, whether he ...

The manufactured constitutional crisis

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Over the past several weeks, Democrats have spent their time defending the absurd notion that America is in the midst of a constitutional crisis. What, pray tell, has initiated this crisis? The supposed unwillingness of Attorney General William Barr to turn over to Congress unredacted sections ...

The Washington Post wants Team Trump removed or jailed

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The Washington Post is on a power trip again, high on the possibilities of ruining some more Republicans, like Woodward and Bernstein hoping to repeal the Nixon landslide over McGovern in those golden days of Watergate. They are goading the Democrats from the hard left for contempt citations, ...

My sentimental journey with Doris Day

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It was Oscar Levant who uttered the famous line: “I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin.” In a way it was a backhanded compliment to a woman who represented in most of her film roles an image of chastity and virtue that was once mostly promoted in American culture, though not always ...

No one fears a silent majority

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The first bullet hit 21-year-old Riley Howell in the torso. He kept going. So the gunman shot him again. Riley continued to rush toward him, and wrestled him to the ground. Before or after they hit the floor, the gunman shot Riley in the head. Riley’s father, Thomas Howell, is a ...

For Joe Biden, on China it’s still the 1990s

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Once upon a time, May 1 — May Day — was a day for working-class parades in factory towns. This year, it was a day for Joe Biden, to set off on his third presidential campaign in 32 years, to make news on the stump, not in a working-class venue but in the university town of Iowa City, now ...

It is not a crime to win

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This is not one of my typical crime and justice columns. This one comes from a personal place. I love the television show “Jeopardy!” I adore host Alex Trebek, and I watch the program whenever I can. So when contestant James Holzhauer recently started racking up hundreds of thousands of ...

Higher education in America

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Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics at Ohio University Richard Vedder’s new book, “Restoring the Promise,” published by the Independent Institute based in Oakland, California, is about the crisis in higher education. He summarizes the three major problems faced by America’s ...

Dear Dietitian

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Dear Dietitian, I was recently diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, and I’m having a hard time figuring out what foods I should avoid. Can you help? Signed, Kathleen Dear Kathleen, I know this is a tough condition to deal with, having seen more cases in my last few years of clinical ...

A uniquely American story

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Feb. 19, 1942, was not President Franklin Roosevelt’s finest day. Some 10 weeks after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, FDR signed Executive Order 9066, which violated the legal rights of some 120,000 Japanese Americans. In short order, people of Japanese descent were given just 48 hours to ...

Are all the World’s problems ours?

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In 2003, George W. Bush took us to war to liberate Iraq from the despotism of Saddam Hussein and convert that nation into a beacon of freedom and prosperity in the Middle East. Tuesday, Mike Pompeo flew clandestinely into Baghdad, met with the prime minister and flew out in four hours. The ...

Free speech sometimes is uncomfortable

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The First Amendment isn’t long, but it certainly packs a lot of angst into those few words: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press or the right of the people peaceably ...

Happy Mother’s Day!

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And since mothers do not cook today, I have some simple dessert recipes the family can make. Bite-Sized Apple Pies 1/2 c. sugar 2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 package (14.1 oz.) refrigerated pie pastry 3 Tbls. butter, melted, divided 2 medium tart apples Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a ...

We need new policies like FDR’s New Deal

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In the March 31 column by Professor Steve Corbin, he discusses democratic socialism, but why did he fail to mention Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal farm policy? That was one of the most important pieces of government economic and cultural legislation in the 20th century. Could it be because he ...

The end of everything — or not

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A new United Nations report projecting the extinction of one-eighth of all animal and plant species should rattle the cages of any remaining skeptics regarding climate change and the central role humans have played in Earth’s accelerating destruction. The report is by far the ...