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Keeping The Kids Busy

Whatever we are dealt, we must put up with. Everyone seems to be out of school. Here are some things for you to try when you have to entertain the children. Well, with the cancellation of school for two to three weeks people are going to be scrambling to find things to do with the children. ...

Lordy, Lordy, Can It Really Be 40?

“It seems like only yesterday,” a common expression used throughout life, fits many situations, events, and/or happenings experienced during our years on earth. Well tonight, Sally and I were to ponder that expression, before our children and church family, as we had planned to renew our ...

Playing The Name Game

My daughter asked, “Wanna know what I’m gonna name my children?” Of course I did. “I’m going to have two daughters, named Rose and Lily, and a son named Black-Eyed Susan.” “Is this a flower-child take on ‘A Boy Named Sue’?” My daughter blinked. She’s 4. She doesn’t ...

The Sky Is Falling, The Sky Is Falling

The sky is falling, the sky is falling. So now we have a Corona virus pandemic. We went shopping this morning to pick up a few supplies. We first went for some Tylenol. There was a big vacant space where this used to be. So we went for some lemonade mix. Looks like we weren’t going to get ...

Don’t We All Know This?

Male birds with those gorgeous feathers, songs and dances, have puzzled scientists, including Charles Darwin, for over a century. After years of deliberation, Darwin decided that flashy plumage and elaborate song and dance could best be explained by female choice. Males developed showy ...

Facing Price Gouging In This Crisis

“We don’t have any...!” Fill in the blank. People are stocking up on things, fearing that we will be stuck in our homes, under quarantine, without essential supplies. Some hoard toilet paper. A popular internet video features someone driving up to what appears to be a drug dealer ...

Time To Unite To Fight Coronavirus

Here’s the bad news: America is at war. Not with a foreign enemy or a terrorist regime like the Islamic State Group. We’re at war with a highly contagious global virus, a pandemic, commonly known as the coronavirus. In order to combat, and ultimately destroy, this pernicious enemy ...

The Good Life: I Got A Lesson In Civics While In Florida

Have you ever made telephone calls on behalf of a political candidate or political party? I got to do that during our winter sojourn in Florida. That was fun. And it was new. I had never been able to do that during my working years. Giving the appearance of bias in any capacity was a ...

Canine Companion: Spend Some Extra Time In Nature With Your Dog

Hey, guys, I hope all of you are doing well staying safe and healthy during this difficult time. Before beginning this week’s column, as a professor of biology/canine behavior I would like to say to all college students who are transferring from traditional to online courses finishing out ...

Panic If You Must, Then Pivot

When is the last time someone told you to calm down, and it worked? I’m not seeing a lot of raised hands. Having someone tell us we’re overreacting is annoying and condescending. Infuriating, even. It makes you want to blind them with the whites of your eyes as you lean in menacingly ...

Socialism’s Historic Story, Past

Senator Bernie Sanders’ call for socialism has resonated among many Americans, particularly young Americans. They’ve fallen prey to the idea of a paradise here on Earth where things are free and there’s little want. But socialists never reveal what turns out to be their true agenda. ...

Supply And Demand, Hoarding, Price Gouging — And The Coronavirus

Editor’s Note: Mark Shields is off this week. The following column is by Veronique De Rugy. As the saying goes, “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” I would add, “and anti-price gouging legislation in times of crisis.” Yet price increases in the face of sudden shortages are an ...

Will Virus Kill New World Order?

Dr. Brian Monahan, attending physician of Congress, told a closed meeting of Senate staffers this week that 70 million to 150 million Americans — a third of the nation — could contract the coronavirus. Dr. Anthony Fauci testified that the mortality rate for COVID-19 will likely run near ...

Voters To Take Responsibility Very Seriously

“Let’s blow it all up.” That was the sentiment that animated any number of Republican primary voters in 2016. The “it” was (take your pick) the Republican Party, the “establishment,” the country. There were many good reasons for voters to be dissatisfied with the state of things ...

Can The Government Restrict Travel To Protect Public Health?

The issue of whether government in America can quarantine persons against their will, ostensibly for their own health and that of others with whom they may come in contact, requires a dual analysis — one of the powers of the federal government and the other of the powers of the states. For ...

Facing The Hangover From Coronavirus

The cry for open borders. Have you heard it much lately? It was all the rage not too long ago. America should be open to everyone! That was the claim. We should not check and document people who stream across our borders, nah. They belong here. Why, border controls are racist. Didn’t you know ...

CDC: Centers For Damaged Credibility

I think I’m where most sane people are on the coronavirus outbreak: —Concerned but not panicked. —Calm but not apathetic. —Taking reasonable precautions but remaining skeptical of what all the purportedly “best experts” here in the United States are telling us about every ...

The Market Got Its Excuse To Crash

The financial markets have been taking a hit lately, with the Russell 5000 falling by more than a quarter over the course of the last month, with markets experiencing the biggest single-day hit since 1987. The corona virus and the related fears has led to a dramatic decline in business ...

Biden’s Super Tuesday Surprise Was No Groundswell: It Was A Corporate Merger

Let’s not kid ourselves about the meaning of Joe Biden’s Super Tuesday surprises. It was not the sudden imprimatur of a man buoyed by a groundswell of support. Biden is no runaway viral sensation. Rather, his win is the result of establishment Democrats’ cynical attempt to funnel voters ...

Regular Brushing May Become A Necessity

Ah, spring, when a dog owner’s thoughts lightly turn to dog hair. It may not be officially spring, but the dogs think it’s time to get rid of their winter undercoat. Gael, especially, grows a very dense coat and it’s hard to get it all out. Regular brushing becomes a necessity if I ...