Opinion

No, I’m Spartacus!

Columnists

It was Day Three of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings when Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J,, launched his 2020 presidential bid as a Thracian gladiator. His eyes glimmering pools of earnestness, Booker girded his loins and told the chamber that he was going to do the unthinkable. He was going to put ...

Both-sideism not just a journalistic problem

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A prediction. When the history of this era is written, when future generations wonder how a mostly educated and largely literate nation became mired in “truthiness,” when they ask how we became so mentally muddled that we lost the ability to identify facts and the capacity to care, ...

Theater of the absurd has taken over Senate

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Supreme Court confirmation hearings have mostly been theater for a long time. The dismaying thing about the latest episode — the Brett Kavanaugh show — is that it became the theater of the absurd. In the classic absurdist dramas of the 1950s and 1960s, Brittanica.com explains, European ...

Wear Copper for Joint Pain

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When I was a kid my father ran a gas station in Monroe. I loved “helping” my father with his business. I swept the floor and washed windshields — albeit I had to stand on a five-gallon bucket in order to reach the windshields. Mostly, I drank pop and ate Cherry Mesh candy bars. ...

Americans value free trade

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Most Americans are life-long learners and will change their mind when facts become known. Of course, despite what evidence is presented, there will always be stubborn, stick-to-their-guns individuals. The conservative Wall Street Journal reported (Sept. 5) about a Chicago Council on Global ...

Back-to-school season: Not just for kids

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As kids head back to school this fall, they’re not the only ones feeling a renewed sense of vigor and motivation. For many of us, September is synonymous with the fresh start of a new school year and the satisfaction that comes from busy, productive days and learning new things. That makes ...

Florence chases hogs to higher levels

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As Hurricane Florence bore down on the Carolinas, millions were at risk from wind, storm surge and flooding, causing many to seek higher ground. Meanwhile, North Carolina hog farmers faced a unique challenge: keeping nearly 9 million hogs safe. North Carolina is the United States’ ...

Not every problem needs a federal solution

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Fifty-five percent of voters believe that Facebook has too much power. Forty-seven percent believe the same about Twitter. For those in the political world, such numbers represent an obvious call for government action. But voters disagree. Just 21 percent want the federal government to ...

In Texas, a Democratic template for national victory in 2020

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HOUSTON — Nationally, the Democratic Party, which gave indispensable assistance (“Basket of deplorables”!) to the election of today’s president, seems intent (“Impeach!”; “Abolish ICE!”; “Free stuff!”, “I am Spartacus!”) on a repeat performance. Here, however, in the 7th ...

When government becomes everything, everything becomes crazy

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This week, Republican congressional candidate Rudy Peters of California was nearly stabbed by a 35-year-old Castro Valley resident, Farzad Fazeli. According to media reports, Fazeli started shouting about President Trump and then pulled out a switchblade. Thankfully, the switchblade ...

Obama joins the midterm fray

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After more than 19 months on the political sidelines of the approaching midterm congressional battleground, former President Barack Obama has jumped in with both feet, rallying Democrats and other voters against Donald Trump. In what clearly has evolved as a litmus test on his Oval Office ...

How about Medicare advantage for all?

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A resurfaced Barack Obama has uttered those three little words: “Medicare for all.” Does that mean that the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, was a bad idea? Not at all. The ACA was a triumph in that it cut the number of uninsured Americans by 20 million. And it hardened the idea that ...

No more castle on the hill

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I've written of the Castle before. I lived in it for a year while I was in Australia. We sometimes humorously called it the White Castle, sometimes affectionately called it Standing Ruins, sometimes truthfully called it Death Bug Fortress. We always called it home. The Castle was the perfect ...

Why can’t homes just improve themselves

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I hate home improvement projects. Or home sustaining projects. Or anything that requires tools more advanced than a flashlight. And not one of those fancy flashlights that double as an emergency beacon that I think is supposed to be only used by Bruce Willis trying to land a plane in a ...

Obama goes on attack, but arguments fall flat

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He’s back! President Obama has emerged from his supposed cloistered life to attack President Trump. Obama broke with a tradition apparently only modern Republican ex-presidents follow, which is not to speak ill of your successor. Obama, who reportedly has been running his “Organizing for ...

Kenneth Starr still getting hardballs

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Twenty years after recommending to Congress that then-President Clinton be impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice, Kenneth Starr has written a book about it. Surely, with the passage of time and many other books exploring the Lewinsky affair and the other Clinton scandals, Starr can ...

A come-to-Jesus moment for the U.S. Catholic church

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Pope Francis has called for silence and prayer from those who criticize the Catholic Church’s attempts to root out and punish priests who are committing sexual abuse. But it is clear the time for silence has long passed. Priests who prey on children are criminals, not souls to be saved for ...

Community and volunteer service valuable for students

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Booker T. Washington was quoted as saying, “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” In a recent survey of Marshalltown High School students, it was reported that 2,200 hours of volunteer service were performed assisting local residents and businesses with tornado recovery ...