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The rampant hypocrisy of the Democratic party

As the Senate impeachment trial unfolds, we’re witnessing an alarming dual justice system where Democrats accuse the president and the Republican Party of criminal wrongdoing and foul play while giving themselves a pass for the very same acts of which they accuse others. Take foreign ...

Conservative divide pits anti-left against anti-state

For most Americans, conservatism basically means the stuff Republicans are for, and liberalism means whatever Democrats are for. I don’t mean this as a criticism, just a statement of fact. One of the great things about America is that politics — never mind political philosophy — isn’t ...

Coronavirus infects markets

A deadly coronavirus continues to spread in China, with a death toll of 25 people and more than 800 infected so far, according the Friday’s update from the Chinese National Health Commission. Chinese officials are trying to contain the disease and have locked down transportation to and from ...

It’s a mystery!

How can so many potential employers smart enough to invite you to a job interview turn out to be dumb enough to reject you? No doubt, they made a big mistake. Unless, of course, it turns out that the person making the mistakes is you. “13 Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Job Interview, ...

How I became a Syndicated Columnist

I’m often asked, by aspiring writers, how I got my column into so many newspapers. Well, I’ll take and tell you (as my grandmother used to say), for maybe the first time in my life, I listened to someone. The former publisher of the Mt. Pleasant News, Emery Styron, took me under his wing ...

Bail Reform: Proceed with caution

January 2020 ushered in a unique new law in New York state that abolished cash bail for defendants arrested for nonviolent crimes. Activists in the bail reform movement called it landmark legislation that stops judges from locking up the poor while they await trial simply because they can’t ...

The need for child care

Henry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress and working together is a success.” In the recent needs assessment, the Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Area Board heard loud and clear that parents were struggling to find child care. When 76 percent of ...

‘America’s expiration date’

I love definitions because they help focus the mind. For decades, we are said to have been in a culture war. As in any war, it helps to know one’s enemy. One online dictionary defines culture this way: “the quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as ...

It piles up, this stuff in our way

On Monday, singer John Legend, a star by any measure, tweeted his choice for president to his 13.2 million followers: “I’ll be voting for Elizabeth Warren in the CA Democratic primary.” Whoo-boy. Soon after, Legend felt the need to add this: “Some of you Bernie supporters do ...

What we’ve learned from the Democratic race — so far

Elections are a form of communication. Voting tells politicians, and the press if they’re capable of getting the message, what citizens will tolerate and what they won’t. The Democrats haven’t voted yet, but they’ve been campaigning for more than a year and have just had their last ...

Why is Democratic leadership so poor?

Another Democratic debate...does anyone watch these anymore? What a snoozefest. The best part was a Daily Caller tweet that had a promotional photo of the six Democratic debate participants and asked: “What’s the name of this album? Wrong answers only.” (Find it. The commenters will keep ...

Why do we have school lunch debt at all?

A Google search for “paying school lunch debt” reveals a long list of recent news stories about good Samaritans paying off the school lunch debt of children whose families cannot afford it. A Fredonia, New York man paid off $2,000 in school lunch debt in his area, helping 140 families. A ...

Learning from King’s Last Campaign

Before he died, Martin Luther King, Jr. joined a campaign to unify working people of all races. Today, nothing could be more powerful. As we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., it’s natural to remember his courageous advocacy for racial equity. But before he was assassinated, ...

A malicious indictment Mitch should toss out

About the impeachment of President Donald Trump she engineered with her Democratic majority, Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday: “It’s not personal. It’s not political. It’s not partisan. It’s patriotic.” Seriously, Madam Speaker? Not political? Not partisan? Why then were all eight ...

‘Nations with allies thrive’

Retired Marine Corps Gen. Jim Mattis, the former secretary of defense and an exceptionally well-read warrior, has said, “Throughout history, we see nations with allies thrive, and nations without allies wither.” Mattis’ words brought to mind those 13 fateful days in October 1962 when, ...

President Donald J. Trump was impeached on Thursday.

I know that he was technically impeached when the House voted to do so in December. But the truth is, as a political and historical matter, Thursday was the day. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s strategy — brilliant to fans, incomprehensible to foes — of sitting on the articles of impeachment ...

You create diversity by creating diversity

Dear Stephen King: I hope you’ll indulge me as I try to explain something I suspect you still don’t quite understand. Namely: why so many of us were so disappointed with your take on the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations. As the white-dominated and male-centric list of ...

Quitting time

Thinking about quitting your job? Dumb question. You’ve been thinking about quitting from the day you started. You remember that fateful day, of course. “It’s a great opportunity,” you told everyone. “It’s not a huge salary, but I’ll be making a boatload of money eventually. ...

Thank you note a day keeps the hounds at bay

“If you have one friend, you’re a wealthy person.” I don’t know where I heard this, I thought it was a famous quote, maybe from Shakespeare. But Googling it turned up nothing. A few years back, I wrote a column about one of my readers who wrote a thank you note a day for nine ...

The perpetual Iintersectional revolution eats its own

In 2008, Democrats nominated for president a first-term U.S. senator with no serious legislative experience, Barack Obama. They nominated him over the long-championed, long-celebrated presumptive heir apparent to the Democratic leadership, Hillary Clinton. Obama was, of course, the first black ...