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Opinion

Iran: All Smoke, No Fire

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On Tuesday night, Iran retaliated against the United States with a series of missile strikes against Iraqi military bases that housed U.S. troops. The attack was in response to the U.S. assassination of the Iranian military leader, Qassem Soleimani, who was killed by a U.S. drone strike last ...

Happy new tears!

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Remember way back in 2019? You made a bold resolution — a promise to yourself that you would stop being a wimp at work. Instead, you would gird your loins and loin your girds and finally ask for that promotion you so richly deserve. And you did it! You cornered your slippery sleaze of a ...

Treasure hunter

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Larry stuck the yardstick under the laundromat washer and scraped around. He pulled out a soggy dollar bill, three quarters and some pennies. He went to the next washer and found nothing. At the third, he hit the jackpot — quarters, dimes, nickels and a five dollar bill. The money must have ...

The cost of salvation

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Many years ago I worked for Fisher Controls. As I was securing two units together with a large hammer and chisel, a burr spun off and pierced my arm. It was a burning, painful wound. As soon as it hit, blood spurted out of a severed vein. As I made my way to the nurse’s office she took one ...

Trump’s Iran policy isn’t the problem; Obama’s was

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This week, President Donald Trump launched a global round of teeth gnashing when he ordered the killing of the greatest terrorist leader in the modern Middle East, Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani. Soleimani was unquestionably responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans in Iraq and ...

Was the Soleimani killing a policy success?

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There’s an old story — apocryphal, as the best stories always seem to be — that Richard Nixon asked Chinese premier Zhou Enlai what he thought about the French Revolution, and Zhou said, “It’s too soon to tell.” At first blush, the minicrisis between Iran and the United States ...

Be our neighbor

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I grew up with him and maybe you did too. Mr. Rogers, a television celebrity in my day, welcomed us into his neighborhood during the weekdays. His children’s program focused on the early years, teaching children about how to deal with big emotions and difficult situations. Mr. Rogers’ ...

Is timing right for a library expansion?

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The T-R recently published an article informing the public that head librarian Sarah Rosenblum would present details to the city council of a proposed expansion to the buildings north side by way of adding a multipurpose room to “better meet youth programming needs and increased demands for ...

It’s war: Are we in it to win it?

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Responding to Iran’s missile attacks on U.S. bases inside Iraq, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said, “We are not seeking war with Iran, but we are prepared to finish one.” Esper said the U.S. prefers a “diplomatic” solution to the latest escalation. Yes, that would be ideal, but a ...

Life awaits

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On Dec. 29, I became one day older than my mother on the day she died. I did not go to bed until I could say this out loud. At the stroke of midnight, I turned to my husband and said, “Today—” He finished my sentence, in the softest tone. “You have outlived your mother,” Sherrod ...

Census numbers undercut ‘Ascendant America’ theory

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From the first years of the one-fifth of this century already completed, we’ve been told that a new, ascendant America — more nonwhite, more culturally liberal, more feminist — was going to dominate our politics for years to come. Those predictions have partially come true. Barack Obama ...

Progression of a winter break

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Winter Break, Minus One Day: I cannot wait for school to be over. The kids need a break. We all need a break. Time to sleep in all morning! Wear pajamas all day! Make cookies! Make hot cocoa! Make memories! Snuggle up in front of movies. In front of the fire. In front of the menorah. In front ...

Trump’s Iran aggression deserves opposition

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In a full-blown U.S. war with Iran, up to a million people could die initially. Hundreds of thousands more could die in the vacuum to follow. Millions would be made refugees. That’s the conclusion of experts surveyed by Vox reporter Alex Ward. “The worst-case scenarios here are quite ...

Take a stand in 2020

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Happy new year. Our rights are under siege. I wish that statement were hyperbole. But the events of 2019 make clear that Americans cannot sit back, go about their business and assume that things will be fine. Economically speaking, yes, things are very good. But law-abiding Americans are ...

The New Year is upon us

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Dear Readers, The New Year is upon us, and along with it, come those resolutions. There is room for improvement in all our lives, right? As many as 70 percent of Americans will resolve to eat healthier in 2020. Others will set a goal to exercise on a regular basis. And of course, many will ...

Try to remember …

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Is anyone here old enough to remember the urgent warning issued in a speech to the National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in August 2002 by an American vice president who had artfully avoided the military draft during wartime? Dick Cheney, after acknowledging he was convinced that ...

Our real existential crisis — extinction

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If Western elites were asked to name the greatest crisis facing mankind, climate change would win in a walk. Thus did Time magazine pass over every world leader to name a Swedish teenage climate activist, Greta Thunberg, its person of the year. On New Year’s Day, the headline over yet ...

Militarism: The delusion lives

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The annual defense budget, passed recently by both the House (377-48) and Senate (82-8), came in at $738 billion for 2020, up from last year a sweet $22 billion. War hits the motherlode every year. “The money just isn’t there” for virtually anything that matters — you know, ...

Get ready for a nasty 2020 presidential campaign

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Here’s a fun New Year’s prediction for you: The 2020 presidential campaign will be even uglier than the 2016 contest. In part, that’s due to President Trump’s incumbency. In 2016, Trump almost surely did not think he’d win. Throughout his campaign, he would drop hints about an ...