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Trump could be the most honest president in modern history

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump may be remembered as the most honest president in modern American history. Don’t get me wrong, Trump lies all the time. He said that he “enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history” (actually they are the eighth largest) and that “our ...

Raise awareness about breast cancer prevention

You probably don’t need a reminder that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. After all, pink ribbons are as ubiquitous as pumpkin spice lattes this month. But it never hurts to refresh your understanding of the disease and share with your loved ones. Breast cancer is the most commonly ...

Little book of horrors

As a parent, evening “story time” is a process that takes between 10 minutes and four hours, depending on how much negotiating there is. One of my younger one’s newest books looked innocent enough: Classic Fairy Tales. I didn’t realize I was essentially reading Tales from the Crypt. ...

Gosnell: The movie

Arguably a contributing factor to the continuation of abortion is that it is performed out of sight and thus, out of many minds. A film about one of the worst practitioners of abortion, Kermit Gosnell, opens October 12 in at least 600 theaters. Gosnell is the Philadelphia abortionist ...

The Senate’s an ‘unfixable crime against democracy?’

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell revved up his Outrage Machine on Friday night once it became apparent that Brett Kavanaugh was going to be confirmed to the Supreme Court. There was a new crime against democracy — or rather, there was a very old crime. It’s called the Senate. Come again? ...

Dems’ Socialist ideas will tank economy

The most striking difference between Democrats and Republicans is not their views on #MeToo, affirmative action or the Supreme Court. It’s how they view the economy. Republicans deplore socialism. But more than half of Democrats view socialism favorably, according to a recent Gallup poll. ...

Support your child’s learning in math at home with number talks

Is it still important for children to learn their addition and multiplication tables? Yes! However, the way students learn these math facts may be different than the way most adults learned. Rather than memorizing math facts, the focus is on helping children develop efficient, accurate and ...

‘White male privilege,’ RIP

What’s the last remaining group in America that can be slandered, smeared, maligned and accused of racism, sexism and homophobia with no proof required? White men. On election night 2016, CNN’s Van Jones attributed Donald Trump’s victory to “whitelash.” That is, racist whites rose ...

Our memories are long, our resolve unshakable

It was only a matter of time. So many of us women, so many men who love us — we knew this was coming. We knew it when Donald Trump praised Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as “a very fine woman ... very fine woman.” We knew it when he called her Senate testimony “very compelling.” She ...

Real economics

A widely anticipated textbook, “Universal Economics,” has just been published by Liberty Fund. Its authors are two noted UCLA economists, the late Armen A. Alchian and William R. Allen. Editor Jerry L. Jordan was their student and later became a member of President Ronald Reagan’s Council ...

Trump 2020?

I have wobbled back and forth on the idea of supporting President Donald Trump in 2020. I opposed him in 2016 and voted third-party. The candidate I supported, Evan McMullin, has, like so many others, abandoned all his values as his hatred of Trump poisons his conscience. I dare say the worst ...

A word on behalf of religion

These have been hard times for American institutions. Over the past four to five decades, confidence in nearly every institution of American life has declined. A 2018 Gallup survey found, for example, that trust in Congress stood at 42 percent in 1973 and dropped to 11 percent this year. Only ...

We are all deplorables now

F our days after he described Christine Blasey Ford, the accuser of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, as a “very credible witness,” President Donald Trump could no longer contain his feelings or constrain his instincts. With the fate of his Supreme Court nominee in the balance, Trump let his ...

Guilty as charged

Not for the first time, the criticism reads: “Why don’t you admit it, Shields? You reflexively like politicians.” It’s true. I do like most people who dare to run for political office. For me and most people I know, our lives are a succession of unpublicized setbacks and occasional ...

Women can be destroyed, too

One evening, my senior year in college, there was a knock at my door. When I answered, a student I didn’t know was standing there. He asked my name, and when I told him, he very politely asked if I would perform a sex act on him. After I picked my jaw up off the floor and told him he was ...

Kavanaugh circus includes plenty of sideshows

If the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process has revealed anything, it is that there’s an antidote for disaffection toward Republicans: Give Democrats the upper hand for about five minutes. Anyone tuning in to the first Senate Judiciary Committee hearings earlier this month surely thought ...

Criss Cross Peanut Butter Cookies

Get out the peanut butter and bake cookies. The Criss Cross Peanut Butter Cookie recipe is an oldie but a goodie. Criss Cross Peanut Butter Cookies 1 c. shortening 3 c. flour 1 c. white sugar 1-1/2 tsp. baking soda 1 c. brown sugar 1/2 tsp. salt 2 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 1 c. ...

‘What boy hasn’t done this in high school?’

Gina Sosa is not impressed by attempted rape. “What boy hasn’t done this in high school?” she asks. “Please, I would like to know.” Since she asked so nicely, I went on Twitter, looking for men who managed to get out of school without committing attempted rape. Turned out to be ...

The problem with Trump’s ‘doctrine of patriotism’

President Trump began his address to the United Nations this week with some of the boilerplate braggadocio that forms the basis of his rallies. The audience laughed. And, not surprisingly, this became the main story for most news networks and headline writers. That’s too bad, because no ...

The orange diet

There is a story in my family that has been told and retold so many times that I'm no longer certain of the truth behind the tale. It sits in that amorphous place of being either 100 percent accurate or 92 percent false. And knowing all the players in the story, I couldn't even begin to guess ...