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The president’s personality

Depending on the polls you read and how you read them, nearly half of those surveyed want the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump to continue. That is not the same as wanting him impeached, much less convicted by the Senate and removed from office, but it represents a momentum the ...

Are supermarket aisles racist?

My supermarket has a giant “international” food aisle dominated by Asian and Latino products. Which items end up in a section dedicated to a particular foreign culture’s cuisine and not mixed in with the so-called American staples — Heinz, Campbell’s, etc. — fascinates me. Why, for ...

What do teachers do during ‘inservice’ days and why is it important?

Learning is a lifelong journey. Given the pace of change in our society today, being committed to continual learning is even more important than ever. Every day new information, technology, and research surrounds us causing us to rethink how we live and work. Professional learning for ...

The Democrats’ faute de mieux front-runner

Is Elizabeth Warren the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination? You can make a strong argument that the answer is yes. You can also argue that she is, at most, a default front-runner and a problematic general election nominee. And you might reasonably conclude that both ...

Intolerance in Academia

If you need an accurate update on some of the madness at the nation’s institutions of higher learning, check out Minding the Campus, a nonprofit independent organization. John Leo, its editor in chief, says that the organization’s prime mission is dedicated to the revival of intellectual ...

Dear Dietitian

Please settle an argument between my wife and me. Our 11-year-old son is about 20 pounds overweight. My wife, who has been thin all her life, wants to put him on a diet to get him on the right track. I am against the idea of a diet. What do you think? Concerned Dad Dear Dad, While your son ...

Joe Biden’s most important ‘endorsement’

Let’s repeat it together three times: Preprimary polls testing would-be presidential nominees have all the permanence of numbers written with a stick in the wet sand at the ocean’s edge just before the high tide comes in. Recent history confirms the unreliability of such polls. In October ...

Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize

The prestigious Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded this week, and Donald Trump has made no secret of his belief that he deserves it. During a press conference last month alongside the prime minister of Pakistan, a reporter said to Trump, “Now, if you can solve this outstanding issue of ...

China won’t die laughing

Dictators. Always so humorous. Take China’s communist officialdom. You’ve probably heard about the “South Park” episode last week that the Chinese government didn’t find amusing. And the fake apology from the comedy show’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. No? Well, then, you ...

The thing about forgiveness

Here’s the thing about forgiveness. It’s not just something you extend to someone else. It’s also a gift you give yourself, permission to lay down the heavy burden of grudges and rage. And if you’re a Christian, it’s an obligation — albeit a hard one — of faith. One can ...

The Senate GOP’s no-win scenario

In response to news reports over the weekend that at least one additional administration whistleblower has come forward to say what he or she knows about President Trump’s Ukrainian schemes, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham tweeted, “I’ve seen this movie before -- with Brett Kavanaugh. ...

DNA results

I am American. I know where my grandparents were from, given that they either immigrated to America or were first-generation Americans. There is nothing exotic in my appearance to uncover, given that I’m most often referred to as having girl-next-door looks. Thus, the popular DNA tests never ...

I want to be alone

Ask the typical employee what they most want from their jobs ... Go ahead; do it. I’ll wait right here. Chances are, the most frequent answer you received was something along the lines of “the sense of satisfaction that comes with working hard to help people solve problems that make their ...

Burlington native honored as war hero in Arches, France

Ned Hunger’s P-47 Thunderbolt, along with three other P-47’s buzzed the town of Arches, France. They were to liberate a group of 100 or so French Resistance Fighters that had been trapped by Nazi forces on a mountain top over the winter of 1943-44. As the pilots of the P-47’s surveyed ...

Chinese Talks Lift Soybeans

Top leaders from the U.S. and China are meeting in Washington to try and strike a deal and end the 18-month trade war. Initial reports suggest that the two sides are finding some common ground, with the U.S. offering to reduce tariffs in exchange for China buying more U.S. agricultural ...

Trump’s cry that America is fighting ‘endless wars’ is a canard

President Trump has defended his shameful abandonment of our Kurdish allies in Syria, declaring that “I was elected on getting out of these ridiculous endless wars” that have left America “bogged down, watching over a quagmire.” Listening to the president, Americans might think that we ...

The spiraling president adds self-impeachment to his repertoire

Donald Trump, an ongoing eruption of self-refuting statements (“I’m a very stable genius” with “a very good brain”), is adding self-impeachment to his repertoire. Spiraling downward in a tightening gyre, his increasingly unhinged public performances (Google the one with Finland’s ...

Journalism matters because democracy matters

An in-depth newspaper investigation revealed that a state-operated home for aged military veterans was providing sub-standard care and that taxpayer money that was to go to improve the home was spent elsewhere. The result was the replacement of the state’s veterans secretary and numerous ...

The NBA proves that corporate social activism is all about the dollars

In recent years, the NBA has become famously political. During the heyday of the Black Lives Matter movement, the NBA permitted players to wear slogan-printed T-shirts in support, and stars like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul spoke out loudly on the issue. The Sacramento Kings ...

Trump continues to build the impeachment case against himself

President Trump, having said he expects to be impeached, is now doing his best to see it happen. The White House has ordered administration officials to ignore all subpoenas for testimony from House committees in their impeachment inquiry, providing clear-cut grounds of obstruction of justice ...