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This week marked the beginning of the spring semester at Kent State, where I teach journalism as a professional in residence. One of the rituals of the first day of class is to go over the syllabus, which, because of required language, reads like a last will and testament. I spruce it up where ...

Al Capone lives in hearts, minds of Beltway Democrats

“You can get a lot farther with a smile and a gun than you can with just a smile.” This quote has often been attributed to the lengendary Chicago mobster Al Capone, who with his fellow organized crime buddies used extortion as one of their tactics to get what they wanted. Today's modern ...

Does California model really work?

The alleged success of the California model is one of the more intense controversies in the nerdier corners of public policy debate. For many progressives, California's metastasizing liberalism proves you can have Scandinavian-style social policies and tax rates and still have robust economic ...

Real message of #MeToo movement being missed

The feminist website Babe published an account of a date gone bad. The pushback has been swift and sharp. I share some of the concerns of the critics, but I also think young women are sending a message that is being missed. The account by the anonymous "Grace" about a bad date with comedian ...

Happy new year: Looking backward, looking forward

Reams have been written about the turning of the page, and here are a few from out of the past — proving that the more things change the more they remain the same for us mere mortals: Brooks Atkinson, sardonically: “Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it ...

Is there charitable reading of ‘s—hole’?

CAMDEN, S.C. — While recently perusing unread books gathering dust on my shelves, one tome caught my eye and, upon being loosed from the grip of neglect, fell open to a random page from which leapt the following sentence: "The ancestors of a critical and growing mass of present-day Americans ...

Americans descended from immigrants, revolutionists

Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, who created the international scholarship program that bears his name and that has produced 59 Nobel Prize winners among its estimated 360,000 alumni, was not, for entirely legitimate reasons, a humble man. Admitted to the University of Arkansas at 15, he ...

Southern Poverty Law Center is hate group

Who will warn Americans about hate groups? The media know: the Southern Poverty Law Center. SPLC, based in Alabama, calls itself "the premier" group monitoring hate. Give us money, they say, and they will "fight the hate that thrives in our country." I once believed in the center's ...

E-TC, Dollar Bay have history of major showdowns

There used to be an old saying that coming events cast a long shadow. Such is the case with the Ewen-Trout Creek at Dollar Bay boys basketball game on Feb. 6. All the ingredients are there for such a label. Both teams have stellar players, Jake Witt for the Panthers, and Devin Schmitz and ...

Book we got is not book we needed

America desperately wanted this book. America desperately needed it, too. That’s why “Fire and Fury,” by journalist Michael Wolff, which purported to be a fly-on-the-wall, inside view of life in the Trump White House, shot to Number One on Amazon.com last week after Donald Trump’s ...

Oprah Winfrey for president? 45 is pro reason, con reason

WASHINGTON — Thanks to Donald Trump, what otherwise would likely be widely dismissed as a pipedream or a joke, talk of a 2020 presidential candidacy of television superstar Oprah Winfrey, is being assessed as not out of the question. If Trump could run in 2016 and win, why not Oprah? Her ...

Divorce Tips for Steve Bannon

It occurred to me this week that many of us who’ve gone through a divorce could be mighty helpful right now to Steve Bannon. We know what it feels like to experience that personal earthquake that leaves you wondering, “Did I ever mean anything to this guy? Was it all a lie?” Barely a ...

Thanks, China (maybe) for unwittingly doing big favor

"When prosperity comes, do not use all of it." — Confucius Is China about to do the United States a big favor, however unwittingly? According to Bloomberg, China is considering whether to slow, or even stop, purchases of U.S. Treasuries. At $3.14 trillion, China holds the world's largest ...

Actors have become moral guides

There’s a great scene in the wonderful 1982 movie “My Favorite Year,” which is set in 1954. Peter O’Toole plays a semi-washed-up actor named Alan Swann, famous for swashbuckling roles. For reasons too complicated to explain here, Swann tries to shimmy down the side of a building using a ...

Sofia Vergara, Frozen Embryos and Forced Procreation

The Supreme Court of Colorado will soon rule on whether a person has a constitutional right to not procreate. The dispute is between Drake Rooks and his ex-wife, Mandy Rooks. The couple were married in 2002. They had three children using in vitro fertilization, but were left with six frozen ...

Dumb but talented con man

For more than a year now, I’ve been hearing from people in the inner circles of official Washington — GOP lobbyists, Republican pundits, even a few Republican members of Congress — that Donald Trump is remarkably stupid. I figured they couldn’t be right because really stupid people ...

New book is merely an attempt to overturn election

The most disappointed people in America this past week must be those Trump execrators who opened their Amazon package only to find that the copy of “Fire and Fury” they had ordered was subtitled “The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-1945.” It’s a well-regarded 2009 volume by University ...

Educators have obligation to teach students to give back

We are very fortunate to live in a community that cares so much about education. Our local communities have continuously invested in our youth. I believe that it is important that we, too, teach our youth to give back to our communities. I would like to share examples of how that is ...

Mentoring effect brightens futures, strengthens community

“Deep human connection is... the purpose and the result of a meaningful life — and it will inspire the most amazing acts of love, generosity, and humanity.” — Melinda Gates Here’s a question for you. Do you remember you, before you were you? Before all the choices you made and the ...

Will truth will out this time?

WASHINGTON — I’m almost beginning to feel sorry for him. Donald Trump, that is. Having previously posited that it’s wrong to make fun of the mentally deficient, I’m reluctant to further highlight recent revelations from author Michael Wolff, whose new book, “Fire and Fury,” ...