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A simple question

It is amazing how a simple question can cause a complex lie to collapse like a house of cards. The simple question was asked by Bill O'Reilly of the Fox News Channel, and it was addressed to two Democrats. He asked what has Hillary Clinton ever accomplished.The two Democrats immediately ...

I’ve got your back, Ashley Judd!

Dear Ashley Judd:I guess this is a fan letter, though it is not written in praise of your work in movies like "Insurgent," "Divergent" or "Tooth Fairy." Rather, it's in response to the headlines you made last week when you called out Internet trolls who defamed you as a "b---h," a "whore," and ...

Bibi’s bait-and-switch on Palestine

WASHINGTON - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's election victory -- won on the strength of his temporary promise never to approve a two-state solution for Palestine and Israel -- was akin to pulling a rabbit out of a hat.He hoodwinked the Israeli electorate with an 11th-hour declaration that ...

Climate change?

The French have a profound saying, loosely translated: "The more things change the more they stay the same."Are we willing to change? Can't we, as we age, learn by our mistakes and improve our lives and those of others around us? Or do we ignore new facts to hang onto lifelong biases, ...

Enjoying a Finnish tradition

There is no part of me that is Finnish. There is a lot of Pollock and Scottish heritage mixed in with French Canadian roots, but Finn? No. I have lived in the Copper Country for over a decade, so there are some Finnish traditions that I happily partake in. I won't lie ninety percent of them ...

The iEverything

It's now possible to sell a new product to hundreds of millions of people without needing many, if any, workers to produce or distribute it.At its prime in 1988, Kodak, the iconic American photography company, had 145,000 employees. In 2012, Kodak filed for bankruptcy.The same year Kodak went ...

Will Hispanics fire up America?

"Firing up America" is the cover line on the March 20 issue of The Economist, heralding a 16-page special report on America's Latinos. Its tone is resolutely upbeat -- perhaps a bit too much so."America is lucky to have millions of energetic young people filling its schools with kids who will ...

Hillary’s love/hate media affair

Amid all the verbiage about Hillary Clinton's email, one irrefutable fact emerges: Polls will drive us crazy before the Clintons do. The latest CNN/ORC poll shows that a majority of Americans (51 percent) think the email controversy is "serious," yet 57 percent would be "proud" to have her as ...

Wanted: An emotionally secure leader

The late Rep. Morris Udall of Arizona, who finished second in the campaign for the 1976 Democratic presidential nomination, warned his fellow citizens with the wisest of advice: "Beware of the presidential candidate who has no friends his own age and confidants who can tell him to go to ...

‘Cinderella’ a poignant and magical tale

Disney's 2015 adaptation of the classic folk tale "Cinderella" is surprisingly loyal to its 1950 animated counterpart, but manages, through slight revisions, to be modern and magical in its own regard.Anyone familiar with the 1950 animated "Cinderella" will know most of the story. The biggest ...

Keep the EPA out of our wood stoves

If the Environmental Protection Agency thinks taking on utility companies is heavy lifting, wait until it feels the ire of angry Yoopers.The EPA has turned its regulatory blitz on wood stoves and fireplaces, and Americans are finally starting to fight back at the grassroots level.Stricter ...

Ruinous ‘compassion’

It is fascinating to see brilliant people belatedly discover the obvious - and to see an even larger number of brilliant people never discover the obvious.A recent story in a San Francisco newspaper says that some restaurants and grocery stores in Oakland's Chinatown have closed after the ...

Fox proof of P.T. Barnum adage

Every once in a while the universe arranges itself to make you look smarter than you are. Lucky me, I am having such a moment now.Last month, when NBC News anchor Brian Williams' career imploded as he was caught in a high-profile, self-aggrandizing lie, I suggested in this space that there ...

Oklahoma University is not what SAE is about

It was with astonishment and disbelief that I read of the atrocity that happened by a group of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity members at Oklahoma University. My mouth literally fell open as I heard their chant. After digesting this horrible news I was left not only with a bad taste in my ...

A brighter legacy of Selma

The morning after President Barack Obama delivered his soaring speech in Selma, former Gov. George Wallace's 65-year-old daughter stood on the steps of the Alabama Capitol and - in a soft, sometimes quivering voice - renounced the acts of hate committed there by her father."It was here," Peggy ...

Imagine the possibilities

"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."- Mahatma GandhiSolving the World's most pressing social issues is a tall task and standing alone we are tiny up against the massive scale of the problems faced by children in ...

The con

The U.S. economy is picking up steam but most Americans aren't feeling it. By contrast, most European economies are still in bad shape, but most Europeans are doing relatively well.What's behind this? Two big facts.First, American corporations exert far more political influence in the United ...

If America is Mars and Europe is Venus, how is Venus doing?

The controversy over Hillary Clinton's emails and her unconvincing press conference at the United Nations have gotten many Democrats and others thinking the unthinkable: Clinton may not be the Democrats' 2016 nominee for president. And it has many asking the question - scary for Democrats - of ...

It takes a village

"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."~Mahatma GandhiOutcome-based goals for each child we work with and in making "matches" and supporting these mentoring relationships toward these goals.We help children to realize ...

Tom Cotton’s grandstand play

With a few tweaks to Scripture, herewith today's relevant verse: What therefore President Obama hath joined together, let Republicans put asunder.The letter from 47 Republican senators to Iran's leaders, proffering a civics lesson on the U.S. Constitution, has predictably triggered outrage. In ...