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Watch out for falling rocks

Don’t breathe a word, but President Trump is up to something. His insulting, too-dumb-to-fail comments about four freshmen female members of Congress has the civilized world’s trousers in a twist, and it’s not a pretty sight. The president tweeted that the four women of color, “ ... ...

Pie recipes

It’s not too hot to make a pie – if you make it with ice cream. Easy Strawberry Lemonade Freezer Pie 2-1/2 c. sweetened sliced strawberries 1 package (3.4 oz.) instant lemon pudding mix 1 carton (8 oz.) frozen whipped topping, thawed 1 graham cracker crust Optional: Additional ...

Donald Trump, America is not your house

Dear Donald Trump: Years ago, I got to visit Kwethluk, an Alaskan town of fewer than 900 souls. It is an isolated place where the people, most of them Yup’ik and Eskimo, live on what the tundra provides: ptarmigan, moose, seal, salmonberries. I remember standing upon that snowbound landscape ...

Paul Ryan is once again being cast as a pariah

Paul Ryan is getting the hate treatment — again. The former GOP House speaker and 2012 vice presidential candidate is a unifying figure these days. Liberals have long despised him — unfairly in my mind. Anti-Trump conservatives are infuriated by his “surrender to Trumpism,” in the ...

Word bracelets

I bought myself beaded bracelets — three, to be exact. Each has its own saying, up to 12 characters, of my choosing. I’ve been doing a lot of self-work lately. I’m guessing it comes with this chapter of life — when you see how you show up as a parent, as a partner, as a friend and for ...

Give yourself a raise

You deserve a big fat raise! Care to argue the point? Didn’t think so. But did you ever consider that the reason you are so dramatically underpaid may not be the fault of a stingy boss not giving you more? The problem could be your wimpy self not having the gumption to ask for more. Or ...

Best of Show — twice

The art awards were announced. “In 2D, second place goes to..., first place goes to...; in 3D,” etc. The crowd of artists held their breath in anticipation of Best of Show. It was obvious where it was going. Yes. “Best of Show goes to Barb Zumdome, for ‘Purse and Boots.’” The ...

Metals heat up

Gold and silver are shining as investors rush into the precious metals. Gold reached a six-year high this week, topping $1450 per ounce. This golden rally has been inspired by investors concerned about falling interest rates, currency devaluation, rising inflation, and stock prices at all-time ...

The news cycle without Trump’s tweets

Let’s pretend President Trump didn’t tweet. Let’s live in a universe where the president of the United States didn’t see fit to insert himself into every controversy, to comment on every passing event, to blast out his inner monologue before tens of millions of Americans each morning ...

Democrats need broader mission than just beating Trump

The obvious unifying element for Democrats looking ahead to the 2020 presidential election is their imperative to oust Donald Trump from the Oval Office. They desire it for a multitude of reasons, starting with his glaring incompetence for the job and the rampant corruption in his regime. But ...

Minimum wage laws are a terrible idea

Democrats in Congress have again brought the minimum wage to the national political stage. Legislation moving forward in the House, H.R. 582, the Raise the Wage Act, would increase the national minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour in increments spanning the next five ...

Skipping the Philly fanatics at netroots nation

The radical fringe of the left came to Philadelphia last weekend for the annual Netroots Nation conference. It was extremist enough that only four Democrat presidential contenders dared to show their face there. By contrast, more than 10 came to Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network ...

America: Love it or leave it (again)

The phrase “America, Love It or Leave It” has a pedigree dating back at least to the McCarthy Era. In the ‘70s, the phrase was employed again against those protesting America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The left has its own version, vowing to leave the country if a Republican is ...

The many lessons of Megan Rapinoe

Mercy, was that a moment. First, Megan Rapinoe was on the receiving end of a three-tweet rant from Donald Trump. He was livid that she had told Sports Illustrated that she would not visit the White House as long as he’s in it. She flicked that gnat off her shoulder, and then she and her ...

Democrats: Prisoners of the past on the economy

We are all, to some extent, prisoners of the past. Things that have already happened — or that we remember as having happened — constitute the world that we know. Anything else is a product of imagination. But it can also be a pitfall for politicians, particularly for those seeking ...

Things haven’t always been this way

Here’s a suggestion. How about setting up some high school rifle clubs? Students would bring their own rifles to school, store them with the team coach and, after classes, collect them for practice. You say: “Williams, you must be crazy! To prevent gun violence, we must do all we can to ...

Good news for President Trump

Turns out the winner of the Democrats’ first series of debates was President Trump. According to the Washington Post/ABC News poll, after the Democrats debated, Trump’s approval rating went up to 44% among all Americans. But that is not really the number to focus on. A poll of all ...

American flag stands for freedom, not racism

A new Gallup poll shines a spotlight on the deep political divide in America and surely points to what the upcoming presidential election will be about. Gallup asked, “How proud are you to be an American?” Seventy-six percent of Republicans said “extremely proud” compared with 22 ...

Dear Dietitian

Dear Readers, For many of us, it’s a morning must-have, almost a medical necessity. We just aren’t functional until we’ve had that good-to-the-last-drop cup of coffee. Coffee has hit the news lately. Is it good for you or is it not? Studies are conflicting, which is no surprise. Some ...

How not to score a goal in the global trade war

President Donald Trump likes to keep score. Well, here’s a score for him: America, zero; while the rest of the world keeps tallying up free trade points. That’s right; while American consumers have been waiting for well over a year to see some resolution to the various trade disputes ...