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Viewpoints

The President’s Personality

Depending on the polls you read and how you read them, nearly half of those surveyed want the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump to continue. That is not the same as wanting him impeached, much less convicted by the Senate and removed from office, but it represents a momentum the ...

Beltway Bidenspawn-Ship Has Its Privileges

I wrote the book on the Obama administration’s “Culture of Corruption” 10 years ago, including a thick and sordid chapter on the Beltway swamp creatures of the Biden family. See-no-evil liberals scoffed at my catalogue of back-scratching, shady Delaware deals and Wall Street funny money: ...

Real Economic Growth Is With The Individual

There is a big difference between statistical measurements of economic growth, such as an increase in gross domestic product, and the improvement of actual circumstances for the average individual. During World War II, gross domestic product jumped dramatically, simply because government ...

Do Not Make An Eggplant Parmesean Meal

This is a true story. If you’re Italian you’re going to like it. I decided at 3:30 one recent afternoon to make eggplant parmesan. I had just watched a documentary on Netflix called “What The Health?” and was convinced I would be dead by tomorrow if I ever ate meat again, so I ...

Find Joy In The Garden Of Family

I was raised a Presbyterian, unlikely to talk about Jesus but full of the spirit nonetheless since I was a child. I remember my grandfather Ben Johnson behind his house on Barrett Avenue, planting and tending his Dahlias, which grew broad as his hands, yellow as the sun. When I drive by that ...

Old, Old Lawsuits: Justice Or Revenge?

I was sexually abused when I was a child. I have written about that before, in very limited fashion. Writing about it again invites reliving the terror at the time and agonizing aftereffects that, to this day, twist my life in weird ways. But acknowledging the abuse also sharpens my ...

What Will Our Legacy Be?

At a recent doctor’s appointment, I was asked to complete a questionnaire including questions regarding my physical health and mental state of mind. One question asked if/how often I’ve felt I wish I could’ve done more for my family, my children. This was probably the easiest question to ...

Positive Message Helps Me Become Cancer Survivor

I never thought much about getting a mammogram — that is until a routine mammogram revealed an abnormality. At first, I was mad. Not this again was my thought pattern. Ten years before this happened, I underwent a test, followed by surgery and nothing was wrong. I still have the scar to ...

Fall: Also A Time To Rejoice

It’s well known that the Christmas season is known as the best season of the year — and I agree that it is a wonderful, magical time of year — but Autumn is also beautiful. The leaves, the pumpkin everything, the leaf piles and last days outdoor fun without snow. It’s glorious. My ...

A Home-Coming … Or Two

My trip to Alaska was sensationally phenomenal. . . if not phenomenally sensational. That state has so much to offer. I know these columns are to be centered on nature-plus and positively never a travelogue. The paper has other writers for that. But I will have more in one of my columns for ...

Why Do We See What Isn’t There?

The beam from his flashlight reflects off the glass, so we can’t see what he saw. But in a sense, we don’t need to see what Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean saw to know what he saw, peering through that window. He saw something fearsome, a threat to life and limb. All this in the ...

The Good Life: Bud Became Pete And That Is Neat

We have Pete. We might keep Pete. No, not “that” Pete. This is not about “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, the Democratic Presidential candidate, the Rhodes Scholar, the military veteran of a tour in Afghanistan ... oh, and by the way, he is gay and married. “This” ...

Foreign Policy: A Foolhardy Campaign Against ‘Endless Wars’

Barack Obama and Donald Trump are diametrically opposed figures, representing the categorical rejection of the other for his supporters, yet they share significant foreign-policy DNA. They both defined themselves in opposition to George W. Bush’s foreign policy. Obama probably wouldn’t ...

Progressives Are All Too Willing To Cut Constitutional Corners

WASHINGTON — Presidential aspirant Beto O’Rourke, thrashing about in an attempt to be noticed, says tax exemptions should be denied to churches and other institutions that oppose same-sex marriage. O’Rourke’s suggestion, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s plan to tax the ...

Intolerance Seen In Academia

If you need an accurate update on some of the madness at the nation’s institutions of higher learning, check out Minding the Campus, a nonprofit independent organization. John Leo, its editor in chief, says that the organization’s prime mission is dedicated to the revival of intellectual ...

Republican Sense Of Humor

Twenty years ago, former U.S. Transportation Secretary, President of the Red Cross and future North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole was a decidedly long-shot candidate for the Republican presidential nomination — an honor her husband, former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole had won four years ...

Are Your Supermarket Aisles Racist?

My supermarket has a giant “international” food aisle dominated by Asian and Latino products. Which items end up in a section dedicated to a particular foreign culture’s cuisine and not mixed in with the so-called American staples — Heinz, Campbell’s, etc. — fascinates me. Why, for ...

Trump’s Cry Of ‘Endless Wars’ Is A Canard

WASHINGTON — President Trump has defended his shameful abandonment of our Kurdish allies in Syria, declaring that “I was elected on getting out of these ridiculous endless wars” that have left America “bogged down, watching over a quagmire.” Listening to the president, Americans might ...

Once Upon A Time There Was A Politician…

We could change our national anthem to “Yes, we’re the great pretenders.” I mean, consider some of what we are asked to pretend: That tv wrestling is real. That big-college athletes are serious students. That Hollywood stars never knew Harvey Weinstein was a sexual predator. That Bill ...

Medicare Information Available During Open Enrollment Period

Question: My wife got her information about her Medicare Advantage plan. The monthly premium looks to be the same. I don’t think she should change plans. How would we know which plan to choose for 2020? Answer: During the Annual Open Enrollment Period, everyone with Medicare gets a lot of ...