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Opinion

Building materials on the rise

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Construction commodities like copper and lumber are climbing, showing renewed faith in the U.S. housing market and Chinese economy. Both copper and lumber are near a six-month high after bottoming out with stock markets in late December. As the U.S. and China appear to be approaching a trade ...

God is not to blame for tragic death of Corey Brown

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Mike Tupper’s Jan. 29 column concerning Corey Brown’s tragic death was a compassionate and accurate explanation of an otherwise inexplicable event. The community support described in the Feb. 1 article by Adam Sodders was appropriately reflective of the love that Corey’s family and ...

Great nations don’t quit wars before they prevail

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“Great nations do not fight endless wars,” President Trump declared in his State of the Union address. It was a line that could have been delivered by President Barack Obama, who in 2015 memorably said, “I do not support the idea of endless war.” Just a few days before Trump’s ...

Limited government requires a limited president

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Soon, in a federal court that few Americans know exists, there will come a ruling on a constitutional principle that today barely exists but that could, if the judicial branch will resuscitate it, begin to rectify the imbalance between the legislative and executive branches. It is the ...

Trump’s State of the Union: An uncertain trumpet

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For all of President Donald Trump’s intentions to present himself as congenial to compromise with his Democratic critics, his State of the Union Address was familiar mix of falsehoods and insults toward the opposition, as well as overstatements of his achievements. He was on sound ground in ...

Baby killing is fine. Yearbook photos are the problem

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Last week, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was hit with a shocking blast from the past: a photo on his medical school yearbook page of a man in blackface and another man in a Ku Klux Klan outfit. Northam quickly apologized for the photo, then said he wasn’t in the photo and then admitted he had ...

Keep an eye out

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In my last column, I talked about eyesight and its role on early childhood development. Now let’s consider the impact hearing has on helping your child learn and grow. Effects on development Hearing sounds and words helps children learn to talk and understand. A child with hearing loss ...

The shutdown and the border openers

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The government shutdown ended — at least temporarily — so the two sides could negotiate on border security. It’s nonsense, of course. Pelosi and Co. has made it abundantly clear before, during and since the shutdown: There will be no border wall funding, period. They are mandated to ...

The state of what union?

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Eloquence is not a characteristic associated with President Donald Trump, but in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, the president not only rose to the occasion, he also delivered a message that was beautifully crafted by his speechwriters, a speech devoid of much of the divisive and ...

Adulting 101: Preparing MHS students for the real world

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What do students who graduate from high school need to know to become successful adults? That is a question that can be asked in many settings in the education world. That question has many answers. What do the students need to know outside of academics? Can they sew on a button? Can they fry ...

An irrational political culture, about to get more so

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Ralph Northam deserves his current friendless state. The Virginia governor’s initial reaction to a shocking image of a man in blackface standing next to someone dressed in a Klan outfit that appeared on his page of his medical school yearbook was to admit one of the figures was him. His ...

Time for humility for Davos elite

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Turnout at Davos was lousy this year. President Trump, preoccupied by the government shutdown, was a no-show at last week’s World Economic Forum there. So were British Prime Minister Theresa May (Brexit) and French President Emanuel Macron (“gilets jaunes”). Chinese President Xi Jinping, ...

Misleading caller ID, education focus of last week

Columnists

In spite of the cold and nasty weather, the legislature met in session every day last week. I continue to commute to the capitol from home most days, but as the years go by I find myself staying overnight more often in order to avoid driving when the roads are treacherous. The focus now is ...

Education, mental health bills worked on last week

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Last week we continued to run at a busy pace. While most of the week was consumed by subcommittee and committee work, a good portion of time was also spent meeting constituents and organizational representatives from our area. On Monday, representatives from our Rural Water Associations made ...

Is reality optional?

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Suppose I declare that I am a king. Should you be required to address me as “Your Majesty”? You say, “Williams, that’s lunacy! You can’t prove such nonsense.” You’re wrong. It’s proved by my declaration. It’s no different from a person born with XY chromosomes declaring that ...

Fear sets terrible policy

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Across the United States, Republicans are scrambling to play catch-up. Many of them did not believe the warnings in 2018, thought the polls were wrong and got smashed under a blue wave that crested over them. Their response is to operate out of fear, and they are doing strange and crazy things. ...

Dear Dietitian

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Dear Dietitian, Many of my friends are following low-carb diets. They say they have lost weight and feel great, but is this a healthy way to lose weight? Signed, Sara Dear Sara, As we know by all the weight loss diet books on the shelves, when it comes to cutting calories, there are ...

Campaigns do matter and can change history

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In 1960, when John F. Kennedy was running for the White House against Richard Nixon, winning Democratic presidential tickets still depended on the backing of segregationist party colleagues in the Southern states. In October of that year, when Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested and sent to ...

Trump vs. the Spy Chiefs: Who’s right

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To manifest his opposition to President Donald Trump’s decision to pull all 2,000 U.S. troops out of Syria, and half of the 14,000 in Afghanistan, Gen. James Mattis went public and resigned as secretary of defense. Now Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, in public testimony to ...

Spoiler alert — or not?

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Billionaire coffee magnate Howard Schultz has two problems: Ross Perot and Ralph Nader. Schultz, a lifelong Democrat, said on CBS’ “60 Minutes” Sunday that he’s seriously considering running for president as a centrist independent in 2020. So am I, for that matter. With about, oh, 400 ...