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Our Caribbean Families Are Your Fellow Americans

About a month after Hurricane Maria, I stopped at a UPS store to ask if it was still offering a discounted rate to ship supplies to St. Croix. The young manager shook her head even as she answered yes. “We are, through the month. But I don’t understand why we’re helping them when we ...

‘Hurtling’ Republican Tax Bill Actually Serious

“The Republican tax bill hurtling through Congress is increasingly tilting the United States tax code to benefit wealthy Americans.” That’s the beginning of a 37-word first sentence in a stage-setting front-page story in The New York Times on the tax bill under consideration in the Senate ...

Trump’s an empty vessel with nothing to say

“The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God.’ ...

George Washington’s Solution for Sexual Harassment

The avalanche of sexual harassment claims, with new ones pouring forth daily, leads me to the wisdom of George Washington’s observation in his farewell address in 1796: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable ...

Budgeting for holiday happiness

Dear Dave, My wife and I are trying to improve our finances by living on a budget and following your plan. We’re in the middle of Baby Step 2, so we’re working to pay off everything but our house using the debt snowball. We only bring home about $40,000 a year combined right now, so how ...

Little Rocket Man’s Risky Game

In the morning darkness of Wednesday, Kim Jong Un launched an ICBM that rose almost 2,800 miles into the sky before falling into the Sea of Japan. North Korea now has the proven ability to hit Washington, D.C. Unproven still is whether Kim can put a miniaturized nuclear warhead atop that ...

Understanding Republicans

It’s important for us to remember that even though President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat, successfully lobbied the nation and eventually signed into law the historic civil rights laws a half-century ago, a higher percentage of congressional Republicans than congressional Democrats voted for ...

Black Self-Sabotage

The educational achievement of white youngsters is nothing to write home about, but that achieved by blacks is nothing less than disgraceful. Let’s look at a recent example of an educational outcome all too common. In 2016, in 13 of Baltimore’s 39 high schools, not a single student scored ...

‘And a little child shall lead them’

Editor’s note: At the request of our readers, we are pleased to reprint this column originally published on Dec. 7, 2014. Like many of us, I sometimes am overwhelmed with the holidays — the commercialism, the holiday parties, gifts, wrapping paper, ornaments, Christmas cards, light ...

… To that deluxe apartment in the brain

I learned the truth … and the truth is … deep inside of me …exist a racist. The racist has always been there. The racist will always be there. Everyone I know and love, associate with or admire, has a racist inside them. I was born with this racist inside of me and will die with this ...

The progression of the man-cold

Unlike the common cold, the Man Cold can be tricky to overcome. I weakened my immune system to see how I would fare. Unfortunately not all men can be as tough about the whole thing as me. I kept a journal, as a Tough Man would. Day 1: Coming down with cold. I blame our children who I’ve ...

Taste of Central Iowa

Holiday cookie ideas It’s time to start baking cookies for the holidays. To get in the mood, I have two easy recipes using cake mixes. The bar recipe is a little more work and lots more sugar. Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies 2 eggs 2/3 c. vegetable shortening 1 pkg. strawberry cake ...

RSV-peeved!

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about not sending back an RSVP for seated events. — Heloise “Dear Heloise: I recently had a wedding, for which we sent out the invitations four weeks ahead of the event, along with RSVP cards. Sixty-four people said they were coming, but 88 showed ...

Bill Clinton Won After All

Two weeks ago, it seemed that former President Bill Clinton was finished as a public figure. A variety of public intellectuals on the left had consigned him to the ashtray of history; they’d attested to their newfound faith in his rape accuser Juanita Broaddrick or torn him to shreds for ...

The gathering clouds over Trump

As President Trump approaches the end of his first year in office, a world of potential woe awaits him. Political chaos continues in Washington, exacerbated by a round of accusations against various political figures for harassing or sexually assaulting women, a moral crisis in which Trump ...

Future Files

Washington woes weigh on stocks After reaching all-time highs on Thursday, stock market futures plunged on Friday morning on fears of problems in Washington, D.C. On Thursday night, the Republican tax overhaul plan was put into limbo as projections for higher budget deficits and wavering ...

ASK AUGUSTINE

What do you think is the greatest problem Christians face at Christmastime? Some weeks ago I might have answered this question differently, but recently I sent an email to my son, who is employed by the Lee County schools in Florida, about some New York Yankee Christmas ornaments I had. Now I ...

Holiday Shopping … with the KIDS!

Ready or not, the Christmas season is definitely upon us. Children are busy building their wish lists, while parents are busy strategizing their gift giving. As parents, we may really want to shop with no children at our side...but let’s face it, we don’t always have that option. Here are ...

The return of virtue

Rarely has the idiom “virtue is its own reward” looked better than it does in light of the sex scandals sweeping the nation. The so-called “prudishness,” of a previous generation and the respect most men were once taught to have for women — and which Hugh Hefner and his disciples of ...

Tolerance for Elizabeth Warren’s Fake News

The network news divisions boast about how much they care about the truth and then rage against President Trump when he calls them makers of “fake news.” But when it comes to the politicians they adore, especially those they wish would run for president, the truth takes a back seat. ...