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Opinion

Corrupt Democrats are not ‘news’

Columnists

When seeking to demonstrate the degree to which the “objective” news media act like Democratic partisans, the best place to start is scandals, as in “Have you heard all about the latest Republican scandal?” versus “What Democrat scandal?” On Aug. 8, Republican congressman Chris ...

Republicans can, must keep control in midterms

Columnists

Recent polls and surveys are delivering, at best, mixed news for Republicans regarding the upcoming midterm elections. The good news is that prospects have turned positive for Republicans to win Senate seats currently held by Democrats in Florida, New Jersey and Wisconsin. But looking for ...

A young woman dies, and Republicans see only a road to victory

Columnists

On the day she disappeared last month, Mollie Tibbetts had left her boyfriend’s home in a small town in Iowa to go for run. As has been widely reported now, Chisthian Rivera was driving when he spotted 20-year-old Tibbetts, who was white. An Iowa law enforcement official said Rivera told ...

Democrats better off playing by the rules

Columnists

When you lose a game, particularly a game you had good reason to expect you’d win, do you try to figure out how to play better? Or is your first reaction to demand changes in the rules? In the case of the Democratic Party, it’s the latter. Perhaps that comes naturally to a party that ...

On the Eve of the Fall campaign season

Columnists

While political activists have been caught up in the 2018 midterm elections for most of the past two years, most Americans haven’t been paying attention. That will begin to change after Labor Day as people who don’t obsess about politics begin to consider the choices before them. Because ...

Collapse of the career politicians

Columnists

The prevailing consensus among political analysts in the United States about Donald Trump’s victory in 2016 centers on the idea that career politicians in America have, over time, become divorced from the realities of day to day existence in America. Washington politicians seem less able to ...

Immigrants and disease

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The Immigration and Nationality Act mandates that all immigrants and refugees undergo a medical screening examination to determine whether they have an inadmissible health condition. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has technical instructions for medical examination of prospective ...

Toady’s Revenge

Columnists

Hell hath no fury like a toady scorned. Michael Cohen, to all appearances, seems a hapless sort — a lawyer with no clients, a millionaire whose wealth from New York taxi medallions faced diminishing in the Uber age, a Donald Trump loyalist who received no appointment to a government job, a ...

Do Democrats want an impeachment fight?

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“If anyone is looking for a good lawyer,” said President Donald Trump ruefully. “I would strongly suggest that you don’t retain the services of Michael Cohen.” Michael Cohen is no Roy Cohn. Tuesday, Trump’s ex-lawyer, staring at five years in prison, pled guilty to a campaign ...

A church lacking sympathy

Columnists

I can testify from a lifetime of personal experience that practice does not really make perfect. Since the presidency of Harry Truman, during which I had the honor of being the youngest altar boy in St. Francis Xavier Parish to serve the standing-room-only midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, I have ...

Democrats supporting criminals

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Democratic lawmakers don’t have your back — unless you’re a criminal undocumented immigrant. Then liberal lawmakers from coast to coast, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, will deploy every available resource to protect you and your family. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? One ...

A time to mourn

Columnists

Ecclesiastes tells us that there’s a time to mourn and a time to dance, but lately I can hardly find time to mourn — and I’m dancing as fast as I can. These thoughts came tumbling down after the heart-wrenching news that Aretha Franklin had died. I spent the day re-listening to all my ...

Today’s recipes feature garden produce

Columnists

Zucchini Cookies 1/4 c. butter, softened 1/2 c. sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 2 eggs 1-1/2 c. flour 1-1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 c. shredded carrots 1-1/2 c. shredded zucchini 1 c. walnuts Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two cookie sheets. Beat together ...

The return of remains of Korean War heroes is an important step

Our View

Thousands of American families are awaiting bittersweet news in the wake of what, for them, was much more than a new chapter in the long history of tension between our country and North Korea. They want to know simply this: Are our loved ones’ remains among those returned recently by the ...

Time for another reformation

Columnists

Few words can describe the horror that comes from reading a Pennsylvania grand jury report on sexual abuse by Catholic priests in state dioceses over a 70-year period. At least 300 priests used their roles within the church to prey on the innocent. They groomed their victims with special ...

Trump does not attack journalism, he attacks fake news

Your View

First let me refresh everyone about the Times-Republican’s response on how they refer to the President: i.e. We reference the person’s title (President) in the first paragraph of the article and thereafter as his/her name! Read the T-R’s “Our view” is a case in point — first ...

The center of American politics does not hold

Columnists

If there’s a single idea that has defined the politics of the last 70 years it is the notion of “the center.” What constituted the center of American politics has always been up for debate. Did the center mean mushy moderation? Was it the “reasonable” midpoint between the right and ...

The power of will

Columnists

My "Will" is like a less interesting Mary Poppins. The wind blows her in when I need her, but not when it would just be kinda cool to have her around. I know she'd never miss a visitation when a mysterious illness requires an exhaustive research initiative or when there is a problem in my kid's ...

Ryons’ cat burial

Columnists

Dr. Joel Ryon was headed for Mt. Pleasant’s swimming pool for a workout. He is a triathlete having competed in Ironman triathlons and also the Boston Marathon. It was his day off from his busy hospital schedule and he was looking forward to a little water therapy and a good mile-long swim. ...

Hogs get butchered

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After a brief rally, hog prices ended on the chopping block again, falling to a 20-month low near 50 cents per pound. Prices are tumbling as U.S. trade delegations have failed to make headway with China and Mexico, the two largest buyers of U.S. pork. Earlier this year, both nations imposed ...