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The Arizona gift

It approaches a year since Sen. John McCain departed these earthly precincts. He is rightly missed for his principled leadership, for his maverick ways and for his — now increasingly rare — ability to reach out and collaborate effectively with senators across the partisan divide. I miss all ...

Greenland: Trump’s MAGA idea!

To those of us of who learned our U.S. history from texts in the 1940s and ‘50s, President Donald Trump’s brainstorm of acquiring Greenland fits into a venerable tradition of American expansionism. The story begins with colonial officer George Washington’s march out toward Fort Duquesne ...

Israel right to shut out Tlaib and Omar

It perplexes me why anyone would question the perfectly logical move by Israel to deny Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar entry to the country. Who invites guests whose motive is to destroy their host? We certainly don’t do it in the USA. No one, elected official or not, is permitted ...

The notion that education is the enemy

You’d think it would be the one thing we could all agree upon. Life grows ever more complex. Planetary overheating threatens a future of floods, food shortages and mass migration. We carry supercomputers in our pockets. Robots are taking our jobs. So you’d think, for all the partisan ...

Maybe liberty isn’t a lost cause in China

Here’s a crazy idea: Maybe the forces of liberty will win. Sadly, few people are rooting for liberty these days, and even among those who are, there’s a dismaying amount of pessimism about its prospects. Consider China. There’s a new bipartisan consensus these days: The “elites” ...

We are buffet people

We are buffet people — at least my dad’s side of the family. Having grown up with little money and seemingly never quite enough to eat, my dad considers buffets the only kind of dining experience that makes any real sense. “Why spend $9 on one plate of food when you could go to a buffet ...

Cor’s Teapot

John Van Egmond looked over the garage sale items at the Beacon home. Beacon is right beside Oskaloosa and rather indistinguishable from Osky (a suburb of Osky?) He decided there was nothing at this garage sale that interested him and he would move on. He was about to get in his car, when a ...

Q&A&A&A&A&A&A

What’s the worst part of starting a new job? Your new, puny salary? Your new, miserable boss? Not even close! What’s worse are your new co-workers lining up to ask you personal questions — questions you would rather not answer, like “What is your name?” or “Are you pregnant or ...

Hearty recipes

It’s starting to feel like fall and that means more hearty recipes Frosted Meat Loaf 1-1/2 lbs. lean ground beef 1 can Golden Onion Soup 1 c. small bread cubes 1/4 c. finely chopped onion 1 egg, slightly beaten Salt and pepper, to taste 2 c. prepared mashed potatoes (with ...

Financial Markets in Limbo

Investors are on edge with a new word being mentioned anew: recession. Currently, the U.S. economy continues to grow, but the pace has slowed down, leading some to worry it could reverse course in the coming months. As U.S. growth is slowing, other major economies are showing trouble; ...

Trade war shows reality of ‘America First’ in action

In a trade war, as in a real one, people are wounded by friendly fire from their side. Consider some casualties in Donald Trump’s “easy to win” — his promise —trade war. Begin with the company whose green machines bear the name of the blacksmith who, in the 1830s in Grand Detour, ...

Trump’s idea of buying Greenland is far from absurd

President Trump is upset that Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen called his interest in purchasing Greenland “absurd.” Her dismissive response should have come as no surprise. In 1946, when President Harry Truman tried to purchase Greenland, Secretary of State James Byrnes wrote that ...

The unraveling of a delusional president

The last few weeks have confirmed that Donald Trump, who has fashioned himself “a stable genius,” lives in a misconception that is perilous for the rest of us. In the early morning of January 6, 2018, he tweeted: “Actually, through my life, my two greatest assets have been mental ...

The media’s intersectional embrace of Anti-Semitism

Imagine two sitting Republican Congresspeople planned a trip to a foreign country in conjunction with a nongovernmental organization. Imagine that particular NGO had a long history of Jew hatred: It had run a piece on its website quoting anti-Semitic myths about Jews imbibing Christian blood, ...

The media’s massive credibility problem

On her weekly Sinclair TV show, “Full Measure,” on Aug. 18, former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson interviewed pollster Scott Rasmussen about journalists’ standing in the public square. They’re about as trusted as Wikipedia, the website considered so unreliable that school ...

No, there will be no big infrastructure plan

Democrats running for president are vowing to bring high-speed internet to rural America. President Donald Trump campaigned on the same promise. It was to be part of his big infrastructure plan. But no, there will be no big infrastructure plan. Responding to the Democratic candidates’ ...

You didn’t build that II

Remember the controversy in 2012 when President Obama said, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” In context, the president was trying to make the point that in addition to our own hard work, others contributed to whatever level of success ...

For the survivors, we remember

In two weeks’ time, three mass shootings killed 34 people and left dozens more injured. We were outraged and in shock, and for a few days we managed to sustain a collective call for new laws that would make our country safer. Now, we are moving on. This is our human nature, to search for ...

Will fact-checkers foil Democrats’ attempts to play the race card?

Fact-checking journalists lean left, as Mark Hemingway documented in a canonical Washington Examiner analysis that is just as valid today as when it was published in 2011. But as John F. Kennedy once said, when asked why he wasn’t supported by an odoriferous Massachusetts Democrat, ...

Dear Dietitian

Dear Readers, Do you get enough fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your diet? Most of us don’t. These foods are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Furthermore, research points to plant foods in the prevention of some diseases, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. ...