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Will Democrats Choose Safety Or Risk?

When the economy shows signs of weakness, Wall Street analysts expect to see what they call a “flight to safety.” Investors sell stocks and buy bonds or gold. The same phenomenon can sometimes be found in politics. Understanding that George W. Bush was riding high in 2004, after what was ...

In God We Trust… Maybe

So, who do you trust? Do you trust the people involved in Jeffrey Epstein’s death? They tell you he committed suicide. Despite any number of bizarre coincidences that suggest he was done in. So do you trust the officials who tell you otherwise? Do you trust your FBI? If you say you ...

The Latest Protests In Iran

The latest protests in Iran by people angry over the Iranian military’s missile launch that “unintentionally” downed a Ukrainian jetliner killing many Iranians, Canadians and others, is different from past protests over rigged elections, rising gas prices, and what Americans like to call ...

The Laws Of Economics Won’t Ignore You

A paradox is a statement that is seemingly self-contradictory or defies expectations. It often describes some confusing phenomenon in reality, or in some cases, simply demonstrates cleverness in story telling. An old familiar one is the water-diamonds paradox: why does water, which is so ...

Cancel Culture Strikes Again: Banned In Maine

In November, I was banned in Boston after speech-squelchers on the left and right forced the cancellation of my lecture at Bentley University, a small private institution. The grassroots activists who had invited me were rejected by every major event venue in the nation’s purported Cradle of ...

It’s Never Too Late To Keep Learning

Too late to learn new things? Never! I love words. I keep a special spiral notebook of words new to me. Once, of course, I’ve looked up their meaning so both can be recorded together. Many words appear once and then disappear. The New Yorker seemed to enjoy making up (well, I couldn’t ...

Dealing With Difficult Health Care Directives

Dear Kevin: My list of resolutions for 2020 includes completing health care directives. My complicated family situation is an obstacle. I’m the father of three adult children, and each one has a different mother. I was not an attentive father, so there are tensions in every direction. ...

Satisfy That Sweet Tooth Craving

Remember trying to satisfy those sweet tooth cravings as we were growing up? Those of us from my generation were really lucky, because the variety of sweets seemed to be greater, and a lot of them that now would cost anywhere from a quarter to a dollar or more, cost us a penny to a nickel. I ...

Teachers Have So Much Influence

It is always a thrill for teachers when former students do well. I keep track of many of them because their parents are still around even if they are not. Conversely, I always say a prayer for those whose names make the police blotter. Most of them do not surprise me. If they were a handful ...

Here’s 20 Things To Do In 2020

It’s a new decade and I think it’s going to be a decade that will be all about empowering the individual. And I say, it’s about time. Predictions say that this decade, we’ll get back to focusing on the needs of individuals and families — you know, we the people — the people who ...

It’s Past Time For Slavery, In All Its Permutations, To End

Last week, the Mississippi Supreme Court upheld Willie Nash’s sentence: 12 years for possession. Of a cellphone. Read it twice, if you want. It won’t make any more sense the second time around. Nash, it should go without saying, is African American. And his victimization by ...

The Good Life: Omigosh, Trash Day Has Changed

I used to take out the trash every Tuesday night. The trash collection truck would arrive Wednesday morning before I hauled my creaky body out of bed to do such lift-and-carry things as taking out the trash. So I would take the trash out the night before, after dark. I hated it. I was ...

Bernie Is Simply Just Not Normal

The most substantively outrageous presidential campaign in American history has some serious chance of success. Bernie Sanders is leading or near the top of most polls in the first two Democratic nominating states of Iowa and New Hampshire. He could plausibly win both, which would instantly ...

Canine Companion: Dogs Help People With Special Needs

Hey, guys. This week we are going to dive into a topic I have never discussed before. I want to talk a bit about dogs and helping people with special needs. Some of you know, and some of you may not, that my younger sister is in a group home. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a young ...

Trump Brays, Congregation Cheers

The day after he ordered the strike that killed Iran’s Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, President Donald Trump showed up at an evangelical church in Miami to cast himself as a modern-day savior of Christianity. This may be a bit confounding for those of you who remember that Trump rarely ...

Unappreciated Costs Of Criminal Activity

Criminal activity imposes huge costs on black residents in low-income neighborhoods of cities such as Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, Philadelphia and many others. Thousands of black Americans were murdered in 2019. Over 90% of the time, the perpetrator was also black. Leftists and ...

‘Nations With Allies Thrive’

Retired Marine Corps Gen. Jim Mattis, the former secretary of defense and an exceptionally well-read warrior, has said, “Throughout history, we see nations with allies thrive, and nations without allies wither.” Mattis’ words brought to mind those 13 fateful days in October 1962 when, ...

Do Canadians Want To Defer To Harry And Meghan?

One thing Canadians tend to be is sensible. And so it is surprising how many would consider making Prince Harry and his wife, the former Meghan Markle, king and queen of Canada. Harry is a beneficiary of the lucky sperm club, and Meghan was a TV actress from Los Angeles. Do Canadians really ...

Culture War Comes To Old Dominion

Since 1969, “Virginia Is for Lovers” has been the tourism and travel slogan of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Advertising Age called it “one of the most iconic ad campaigns in the past 50 years.” But the Virginia of 2020 seems to be another country than the friendly commonwealth to ...

Was Soleiman Killing A Policy Success?

There’s an old story — apocryphal, as the best stories always seem to be — that Richard Nixon asked Chinese premier Zhou Enlai what he thought about the French Revolution, and Zhou said, “It’s too soon to tell.” At first blush, the minicrisis between Iran and the United States ...