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Gluttonous materialism and other random thoughts

They say “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Well, maybe. Human nature doesn’t change, but situations do. For example, let’s look at the world we live in today from a not-too-long ago. And wonder. We went through a Great Depression, followed by years of ...

Dogs of war hunt for right enemy

WASHINGTON — As sabers rattle ever louder across fields, plains, oceans and deserts, President Trump’s words from earlier this year haunt the stable mind: “I would love to be able to bring back our country into a great form of unity,” he said. “Without a major event where people ...

Taxes hidden in fees, charges

The cable bill was the last straw, says Kristin Tate. “That’s the one that really made me mad.” Comcast included $36 in charges for mysterious things like “utility tax” and “government access fee.” That motivated her to research obscure taxes and put what she learned in a ...

Kochtopus preserves plutocracy using dark money

Multibillionaires Charles and David Koch want nothing less than to supplant America’s core democratic principle of majority rule — the will of The People — with their core plutocratic principle of inviolable property rights, also known as domination by the wealthy minority. Their notion ...

No excuse excuses Trump’s actions

“We kind of gave him — All right, you get a mulligan. You get a do-over here.” — Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, on the white evangelical response to Donald Trump’s alleged tryst with a porn star “He’s new at government, and so therefore I think that he is learning ...

Is Mueller time now or later following midterm elections?

WASHINGTON — As Donald Trump wreaks havoc in both domestic and foreign policy with his governing by impulse and bias, the Justice Department investigation into Russian election meddling remains a darkening cloud over his presidency. His threats of a trade war with China, of military ...

Paul Ryan’s Family Legacy

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s stated reason for leaving office after this year’s election sure is getting a lot of traction. “If I am here for one more term, my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad,” he said. “I just can’t let that happen. So I will be setting new ...

Welfare reform is helping people become independent

When President Bill Clinton signed the welfare reform act in 1996, which he negotiated with then-Speaker Newt Gingrich, the left claimed people would starve. They didn’t. According to the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, between 1996 and 2000, the employment rate for single ...

Regulation will boost Facebook profits

Here’s a bet: Congress will end up “cracking down” on Facebook with “tough” regulations that Facebook will probably protest quite vigorously. And then Facebook profits will go up. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, withstood two days of questioning in Congress this ...

Ryan departure shows politics downfall in Trump age

I’ve always felt a kinship with Paul Ryan. Maybe it’s the fact that we are both Jack Kemp acolytes. Maybe I have a soft spot for upright family men who are attracted to public policy by the desire to do good. Maybe I love conservative wonks. But Paul Ryan’s fate over the past several ...

Dangers of Untethered Trump

The petulant adolescent in the White House — who has replaced most of the adults around him with raging sycophants and has demoted his chief of staff, John Kelly, to lapdog — lacks adequate supervision. Before, he was merely petty and vindictive. He’d tweet nasty things about people he ...

Speaker Ryan follows lead of Speaker Reed

One hundred nineteen years ago, Speaker of the House Thomas B. Reed announced that he was, after 22 years of service, resigning from Congress. Reed had been one of the most effective speakers ever. Barbara Tuchman’s account, in “The Proud Tower,” of how he neutered the minority party has ...

Children need ‘write’ stuff to develop language skills

Looking to help your child become a strong writer? Giving them the “write” stuff is easier than you think! As your child’s most important teacher, you have the ability and opportunity to foster a love for writing. Here are a few tips, tricks, and strategies to help your child as they ...

U.P. Kids offers family support well after adoption

There is no adoption story that is the same — every family and every individual involved has a unique story to tell. Just like every family’s journey is significant, the challenges faced by many adoptive families are unique as well. Adoption is not always an easy path to take. It is ...

Worst time for downing of president

WASHINGTON — We’ve seen this movie before. It would seem but a matter of time before the president of the United States is asked a question under oath and gives a false answer. A lie, in other words. In the prequel, starring Bill Clinton, impeachment followed. When the FBI, after a ...

Bolton, McCain on military service: Which one is patriot?

The election night words of the long-shot Republican candidate after his upset victory remain with me to this day: “I learned long ago that serving only oneself is a petty and unsatisfying ambition. But serve a cause greater than self-interest, and you will know a happiness far more ...

War on science coming from left

We’ve been told conservatives don’t believe in science and that there’s a “Republican war on science.” But John Tierney, who’s written about science for The New York Times for 25 years and now writes for the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, told me in my latest online video, ...

Woody Guthrie’s music celebrated ‘just plain folks’

Where’s Woody when we need him? In these times of tinkle-down economics — with the money powers thinking that they’re the top dogs and that the rest of us are just a bunch of fire hydrants — we need for the hard-hitting (yet uplifting) musical stories, social commentaries and inspired ...

What killed Martin Luther King?

MEMPHIS — Martin Luther King’s men had a different question. At least, according to his aide, Andrew Young, they did. When the first reports went out that King had been gunned down while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in this city, America and the world demanded to know one ...

Chennault helped Nixon sell out peace to win presidency

WASHINGTON — On March 30, 94-year-old Anna Chennault died, a shadowy figure in the 1968 presidential campaign of Richard Nixon. What history will remember her for is the pivotal role she played in Nixon’s victory — a role that, if it had been widely known at the time, might have deprived ...