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Can Trump Still Avoid War With Iran?

President Donald Trump does not want war with Iran. America does not want war with Iran. Even the Senate Republicans are advising against military action in response to that attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities. “All of us (should) get together and exchange ideas, respectfully, and ...

Reparations Talk Is Harmful

Three Democratic candidates for president, Julian Castro, Cory Booker and Marianne Williamson, have declared support for the idea of slavery reparations. A number of others have said they’d vote for a bill sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee to create a Commission to Study and Develop ...

Yes, You Can Switch To A More Comprehensive Plan

Question: I have a Medicare Supplement Plan K because right now I am very healthy, but what if I get sick? Can I move to Plan F? I have been told that Plan F is the best. Answer: This is a question that I get asked a lot. It is also a question whose answer has been evolving over the last year ...

Want To Impeach Kavanaugh? Go For It

WASHINGTON — The latest smear on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is a disaster for Democrats, and everyone seems to know it except the party’s presidential candidates. No sooner had The New York Times published a new, unsubstantiated allegation of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh, ...

Insurance Products May Change For 2020

Question: I got a letter from WellCare, saying welcome to their plan, but I didn’t change my drug coverage. Why did I get this letter? Did my plan change? Answer: I have heard this type of concern from a number of individuals. I also have talked with the person who trains me on Medicare ...

Spend Like Tomorrow Is Just Another Day

Don’t bother to apply! Tens of millions of Americans will never be able to work for government. If they did what Darrell Issa did, that is. Issa is a former congressguy. He was nominated for a federal trade post. The post requires the Senate to approve. Senator Menendez has just tried to ...

The Kavanaugh Reboot

When the Supreme Court, under a previous ideological majority, was handing down decisions favorable to the left, Democrats were fine with deferring to that third branch of government to achieve what they declined to produce in legislation. Some Democrats in conservative states took the position ...

Who Protects Us From Private Power?

Politics revolves around who should have power, often between the public and private sectors, but lack of a clear definition confuses the issue. Power could be described as the ability to use force, though, in some circles, it is construed to mean only “influence” of legal authorities. Even ...

Facebook Incites Violent War On ICE

Abolish ICE thugs in Colorado want to see the homes and families of immigration enforcement officials set aflame. Denver communists want alien detention facility employees dead, swinging from nooses with broken necks. Both groups are brazenly using Facebook to spread their inflammatory and ...

Three Days With Two Boys: The Cape Of Pride

Well, I babysat my grandsons for three days last weekend while my daughter and her husband went to a wedding, and I can’t tell you how happy I am that I had my kids in my 20s. By Sunday, my husband and I were sprawled out on the couch like we’d just run a marathon. We heard water ...

‘God Only Knows—You’re Not Alone’

“God only knows what you’ve been through, God only knows what they say about you, God only knows the real you. There’s a kind of love only God knows.” “God Only Knows” by King and Country As you all know, music plays a huge role in my life. Music helps me celebrate my ...

Sharin’ The Rose

A woman I deeply admire has offered to give me all the Rose of Sharon plants I want. The way she describes it, these sneaky little plants wait until a moonless night and then multiply like crazy. I wish I could be so lucky. I keep insisting the pretty little flowers won’t prosper here in ...

Which Trip Was Best — Part 2

The trips I took with the grandchildren were some of my favorites. I went to New York City two years in a row. First, I took the granddaughter, then I took the boys. When you see the wonder of the children experiencing something for the first time it is really an awesome experience. We got ...

Getting Zinnias On My 70th Birthday

I planted a garden of zinnias at the first house I owned, 4953 Ivy Hill Court, Fort Worth, Texas, back in 1978. The flowers grew strong and tall in a bevy of shades and swayed like dancers in the hot western wind. I’ll never forget them or the feel of tending them there in the Texas ...

Make Apple Pecan Granola A Seasonal Specialty

As waves of autumn color highlight neighborhoods, parks and hillsides, I find my tastes shifting with the season. Although my taste buds aren’t necessarily craving a popular pumpkin spice latte at local coffee shops, I’m eager to prepare traditional harvest foods, like roasted acorn ...

Has It Been A Decade Already?

Last week, the Voice from the Bullpen offered tips in escaping the real world for a respite, when it seems like the walls are closing in on us. Basically, the suggestions were things that people enjoyed doing allowing the enjoyment of that help us take a step back and heed the title of a Jimmy ...

The Truth Of Climate Change Is Clear

With apologies to Stevie Wonder, for whom it was once an album title, nothing is “hotter than July.” July was the hottest month. Maybe you’re waiting for that sentence to be qualified: “hottest month of the last 20 years,” let’s say. But it turns out July of 2019 was the hottest ...

The Good Life: The Smaller The Festival, The Better

I enjoy festivals and fairs. The smaller the event, the more I enjoy it. This is not to take anything away from larger events. The Jefferson County Fair and Community Days in DuBois draw me each year. Both events offer a slice of heaven, hot sausage sammiches slathered in peppers and onions. ...

The Anti-Kavanaugh Movement Could Be Just Beginning

The campaign against Brett Kavanaugh hasn’t required the formation of any super PACs. It hasn’t required the hiring of any dumpster-diving private detectives (so far as we know). It hasn’t even really required any elected Democratic officials. The campaign has been carried out by an ...

Canine Companion: Flowers May Be Toxic To Your Dog

Hey, guys. Just a short article for this week. I have had many questions come in about flowers in the home. We addressed this a while back, but it’s worth talking about again briefly. Quite a few of us enjoy flowers in our home. Flowers brighten up the room. What most of us don’t know ...