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Information About 2020 Prescription Drug Plans Is Ready

Question: I got a letter in the mail saying my insurance coverage will be with a new company this year. I didn’t change plans, so why did that happen? Should I change my drug plan? Does my supplemental insurance need to change as well? Answer: It sounds like you have Original Medicare, a ...

36 Hours Spent In The New Istanbul Airport

It’s virtually impossible to travel by air anymore without encountering a giant headache of a problem, whether it’s weather related or a mechanical problem or perhaps there is no explanation at all. You just get stuck. In fact, getting on a plane and taking off on time and then getting ...

A Pilgrimage To Goshen Road

The fields are full of dry ragweed and purple asters as autumn sweeps in. Leaves on some trees have already turned to gold or shades of red and orange. The beech trees are the movie stars of the forests and roadways with their shiny burgundy-brown leaves, the color of nothing else in life. I ...

Peace, Even When It Doesn’t Feel Like It

It feels like a full week has gone by, but it’s really only Tuesday. I know you all will be reading this on Saturday, so it might be confusing — but I’m writing from where I’m at, not where I will be. Sometimes, we stuff a whole lot of reality into our minutes, hours and days. It’s ...

Understanding Workplace Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is violence or other abuse by one person against another in a domestic setting, whether cohabitating or married. It is also called intimate partner violence when it occurs by a spouse or partner in an intimate relationship. All relationships can be involved such as ...

A Visit Up North (Part One)

A delayed honeymoon trip to Alaska was a treat. Both of us had been to Alaska before, but this time we visited Don’s daughter, Melanie and her family. When he talked to her shortly before we left, she told us the weather up there was similar to what we were having so we took what we thought ...

All’s Fair In Love And Life, Or Is It?

The expression above is a tweak of the statement, “All’s fair in Love and War,” but let’s not talk about war, let’s talk about life instead. Our forefathers, when establishing this country, often issued statements ending with the words “all men are created equal.” Anyone reading ...

Debate Looms Large For Trump

The debate about political power and authority among those who profess the Christian faith has raged since the 1st century. In modern America, the debate raged throughout Jimmy Carter’s presidency and more recently through the presidencies of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. The debate now ...

ADL, Antifa And Koch: Toxic Anti-Trump League

The Anti-Defamation League is a joke. Once a respected civil rights organization dedicated to fighting extremism and hate against Jews, the ADL lies in bed with violent antifa extremists and perpetuates hate against political opponents. The “progressive” group is now a brazenly partisan ...

Sustainable Development The Only Way Possible

We have witnessed a dramatic decrease in the percentage of the world population living in extreme poverty over the last few decades. The United Nations likes to attribute it to its Sustainable Development Goals and its amazing government-run programs for redistribution, economic manipulation, ...

Donald Trump’s Civil War

“If Democrats are successful in removing the president from office (which they never will be), it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal.” — Donald Trump, roughly quoting Robert Jeffress, a conservative Dallas preacher. What if he’s ...

Impeachment Will Make Everything Worse

Impeachment is about to make everything worse. If our politics seems overheated, our institutions beleaguered and our public debate degraded, just wait until we are in the midst of the impeachment debate. Democrats have had an impeachment itch that they’ve been desperate to scratch ever ...

Michelangelo, Pickles And Me

I am gaining on Michelangelo. It took the famed Italian artist four long years to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City about 500 years ago. These days, I expect to take four long years to repaint the outside of our house. Michelangelo painted figures, Biblical scenes, ...

‘You Have Come Into My Wheelhouse’

This week, those of us who never lost faith in Nancy Pelosi witnessed the confirmation of our trust. On Tuesday morning, House Speaker Pelosi was on the phone with Donald Trump, talking about gun violence. As New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg reports, Trump attempted to pivot to discuss ...

Who Cares About You?

During my student days at a UCLA economics department faculty/graduate student coffee hour in the 1960s, I was chatting with Professor Armen Alchian, probably the greatest microeconomic theory economist of the 20th century. I was trying to impress Alchian with my knowledge of statistical type I ...

Time To Look At The Record

“History never looks like history when you are living through it” wrote John Gardner. “It always looks confusing and messy, and it always feels uncomfortable.” Forty-five years after President Richard Nixon faced certain impeachment by the House of Representatives and Nixon, ...

Medicare Updates Its Website

Question: I went to the medicare.gov website and I see an updated website. I tried to use it, and had some questions. What can you tell me about this update? Answer: Great to talk with someone who uses the medicare.gov website, which has been a useful source of Medicare information since ...

Pelosi And The Power Of Restraint

For a long time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a stop sign before vocal Democrats’ revving demands to get President Donald Trump’s impeachment on the road. Now her sign reads, “proceed with caution.” Pelosi knows what she’s doing. The speaker wouldn’t launch an impeachment ...

Biden: Impeachment’s 1st Casualty

Even before seeing the transcript of the July 25 call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Nancy Pelosi threw the door wide open to the impeachment of Donald Trump by the Democratic House. Though the transcript did not remotely justify the advanced ...

Trump May Not Understand Corruption

Speaking to the "enemies of the people" at the United Nations this week, President Donald Trump demonstrated that he may not understand what corruption is. Seriously.Trump's favorite gambit is to accuse others of what he himself has done -- self-dealing, lying, sexual misconduct. And he has ...