Opinion

In the Legislature

Columnists

This week we did a mix of floor debate and committee work. This was the second funnel week of the legislative session. Much like the first funnel, we need to get bills out of committee for them to be considered for the rest of this session. This deadline moves the process along and helps us ...

There’s little dignity left in coal

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It was a pathetic scene, coal miners flanking President Donald Trump as he signed an order to dismantle the Clean Power Plan. Trump’s imagineers have turned coal miners into a Madison Avenue version of the besieged American working man, the pretty wrapping on a toxic package of environmental ...

Valuable deterrent

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Dear Heloise: While traveling in another country, a PICKPOCKET stole my wallet from my back pocket. I felt the man pull it out, and as I turned, he ran off into a crowd. I had to cancel all my credit cards and cut my vacation short. Here are some hints I wish I had known: * Put a rubber band ...

End the filibuster’s power of obstruction

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WASHINGTON — The Senate’s coming confirmation of Neil Gorsuch will improve the Supreme Court, and Democrats’ incontinent opposition to him will inadvertently improve the Senate — if Republicans are provoked to thoroughly reform the filibuster. If eight Democrats will not join the 52 ...

Offensive president on the defensive

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WASHINGTON — As a result of his deplorable personal behavior and inept political performance, President Donald Trump has dug himself into an unprecedentedly early hole. His crude, insulting and false assurances, and his demonstrably inept policy initiatives on immigration and health care, ...

When does Trump become the establishment?

Columnists

Let’s pretend. It’s January 2017, and President Jeb Bush just took office. After conceding to his right flank during the election cycle that he would move to overturn President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Bush immediately backtracks and does nothing. ...

Technology makes grandparenting across the miles much easier

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Q: Our son is in the military, and he’s now stationed overseas with his family. We realize that for the next few years we won’t see our grandchildren in person as often as we’re accustomed. We’re going to miss a lot of key moments in their lives. How can we stay connected and engaged ...

Fox News covers ‘inconvenient’ rape

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On March 16, a 14-year-old girl was allegedly pushed into a boys bathroom at Rockville High School in Maryland and raped by two other students during school hours. Police arrested two freshmen who recently arrived from Central America, 18-year-old Henry Sanchez and 17-year-old Jose Montano. ...

Freedom Caucus, today’s abolitionists

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The House Freedom Caucus and its chairman, North Carolina Republican Congressman Mark Meadows, are taking flak, many saying they are responsible for the failure to pass the American Health Care Act. With all other Republicans on board, a big assumption, the votes of the 29 members of the ...

Is health care a right or a good?

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The political fiasco that unfolded last week as President Donald Trump and the Republican House leadership failed to pass legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, is attributable as much to the failure of politics as it is to the failure of politicians to ...

Why is it important for educators to be continuous learners?

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The pace of change we live in is staggering. Twenty years ago the main source of information for students were teachers. Today, students can find information on anything, anytime, anywhere through Google, Twitter and cell phones. The demands of the 21st century learner cause us to rethink how ...

The base’s rage ill serves the Democratic Party

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In a week chock-full of news, the party that on the night of Nov. 8 found itself, much to its surprise, much out of power has been having difficulty finding a way to return. Democratic senators, urged on by the left blogosphere and party activists, peppered Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch ...

Dear Trump supporters: Maybe you try to understand us

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The windowsill over my kitchen sink is an altar of sorts, full of small framed photos of our grandchildren and other mementos to keep me grateful. The square ceramic tile leaning against the window started out with the painted names of our immediate family. It has since flowered to include ...

Personality and policy

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In the aftermath of the debacle over the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Trump can learn a valuable lesson that will serve him well in the next battle over tax reform and other issues. The president was elected largely on the force of his strong personality and ...

What Jim has learned today

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The delusional and the narcissistic can destroy the noble and the great. President James A. Garfield was a great man. His successes were a result of personal fortitude. His father died before he was two years old. He worked his way through college, became the assistant professor of literature ...

Will we have law or the mob?

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It’s a scene you’ve seen a hundred times. The angry rabble advances on the jail, meaning to seize the prisoner and hang him from the nearest tree. The sheriff, a lone defender of the rule of law, stands them off, refusing to give in to the mob’s demand for extralegal justice. Granted, ...

A Galaxy Note 7 For the President, Please

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Last year, when word leaked out that Apple would not be making major design changes to its iPhone 7, Samsung decided to rush to market a new phone with a serious redesign. In rushing the design, the phone forger famous for copying Apple designs failed to test the batteries. The phones caught ...

The Final Racket: Exploitation of the Elderly

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In my continued effort to inform readers about what can happen when a family asks a judge to decide a dispute over what to do with their aging parent, may I call your attention to the state of Nevada? The Sagebrush State spawned a court-appointed financial guardian to beat all others! April ...

It doesn’t have to be a deal breaker

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Dear Dave, One of my relatives just graduated from college with $20,000 in student loan debt. Her boyfriend graduated, too, and he has over $100,000 in student loan debt. They want to get married, so she’s looking for a job. He wants to go to graduate school, and take out more loans to ...

Income vs. expense

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Regarding your article “Official : Undocumented immigrants do pay taxes” dated March 18: It is reassuring to know that a great deal of tax money flows into the various taxing agencies from undocumented immigrants. Since the article used tax income to justify undocumented behavior your ...