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Catching a loved one up on events of past 12 years

Dear Dad:I'm always sad, and a little teary, this week of the year, remembering of course that we lost you a dozen Septembers ago.Sometimes it seems like yesterday, sometimes as if it were a world and a time apart. And in truth, everything seems so different now, what with your absence, a void ...

Lessons by Ross Perot for today

In "Fiddler on the Roof," the milkman Tevye imagines what life could be like in "If I Were a Rich Man."Among the shrewder lyrics is the insight that "the most important men in town will come to fawn on me" and pose questions that would "cross a rabbi's eyes."Why? Because "when you're rich, they ...

Misleading statistics don’t add up

Mark Twain famously said that there were three kinds of lies - "lies, damned lies, and statistics.'' Since this is an election year, we can expect to hear plenty of all three kinds.Even if the statistics themselves are absolutely accurate, the words that describe what they are measuring can be ...

Clinton failed to keep separate foundation, job

On its website, the Clinton Foundation says it "builds partnerships between businesses, NGOs, governments, and individuals everywhere" to find lasting solutions and to "transform lives and communities."It's focused on global health, climate change, economic development, health and wellness, and ...

Emailing with Russian stooges

Let's see now: One presidential candidate's campaign director resigns after being outed as a Russian stooge, allegedly accepting millions in cash under the table.The other candidate meets with a Nobel Prize-winning economist who once donated to her husband's charity - dedicated to providing ...

Conservative farm team sure needed

This has been a bad year for conservatives at the ballot box. Washington Republicans and their allies, enabled by chaos in the presidential race, began targeting down-ballot conservatives for defeat. They were highly successful.Concurrently, the last vestiges of the old tea party movement ...

Combating the opioid epidemic

The drug overdose epidemic is sweeping the nation and tearing families and communities apart.The United States is in the midst of a prescription drug abuse epidemic as addiction, overdoses and deaths associated with non-medical drug use have risen dramatically over the last decade.Like the ...

Obamacare stumbles past criticism

For years, Obamacare supporters have been telling critics of the law to shut up and fall in line. Now, they are urging them to come to its rescue.A key part of President Barack Obama's domestic legacy is sputtering so badly that even the law's boosters are admitting that the federal government ...

Obamacare stumbles past criticism

For years, Obamacare supporters have been telling critics of the law to shut up and fall in line. Now, they are urging them to come to its rescue.A key part of President Barack Obama's domestic legacy is sputtering so badly that even the law's boosters are admitting that the federal government ...

EpiPen story still not over

So the seller of the EpiPen is now going to offer a generic alternative costing 50 percent less. The Mylan drug company has been drowning in public outrage for jacking up the list price of an EpiPen two-pack from about $100 to as high as $600 over nine years. The EpiPen is a lifesaving ...

Not ready for driverless risks

We love technology ... most of the time.We use it everyday.Sure, it can be a pain ... and it does become addicting.Look at all the people walking around staring only - and long and hard - at their cellphones.There's a limit ... or at least, there should be a limit that parents place on their ...

Keep focus on Clinton’s dishonesty

WASHINGTON - When my syndicate editor told me a few clients had been asking, "Don't you have anyone over there who can write something positive about Donald Trump?" I thought, well, that could be fun.But hard.Then, as if the Muses and Fates had conspired to help me in this Olympian task, ...

To ID voters or not to ID voters?

Every election cycle we must endure challenges and allegations about fraud (conservatives) and discrimination (liberals) when it comes to voter ID laws. This year is no different.A federal court ruled that the Texas Voter ID law passed in 2011, requiring voters to present official photo ...

New Year’s should be ‘labor’ of love

As regular readers may remember, I have long insisted that Jan. 1 - smack in the middle of winter and completely overshadowed by Christmas, just a week earlier - makes no sense as to when to begin the year.Labor Day - the first Monday in September, when days grow shorter and weather cooler, ...

Manafort: ‘To Russia, with love’

So much for the old accusation that the Republican Party has a "Cold War mentality." Or if it still does, it has switched sides.The 2016 presidential campaign continues to play out like a Christopher Buckley novel gone completely off the rails, perhaps most implausibly in Paul Manafort's role ...

State cops’ exodus raises flags

The Pennsylvania State Troopers Association has posted bright flags warning of a potentially devastating trooper retirement tsunami looming just over the horizon.If the storm comes together and the retirement tidal wave hits, it would severely strain police resources, impair our ability to deal ...

Better days are here already

The annual cicadas have barely begun their end-of-summer evensong in the trees behind our house, but children in the neighborhood are already headed back to school.Twice last week I had to pull my car to a stop and wait until the school bus door opened with the familiar wheeze, releasing the ...

Black vote needs more attention

Who would have thought that Donald Trump, of all people, would be addressing the fact that the black community suffers the most from a breakdown of law and order?But sanity on racial issues is sufficiently rare that it must be welcomed, from whatever source it comes.When establishment ...

Sheriff in Wisconsin speaks truth

Growing up, I watched a lot of Westerns. In addition to the cowboy hero, the town sheriff was almost always a model of integrity. He stood for law and order against bank robbers, cattle rustlers and horse thieves all trying to disrupt the peace.A contemporary and real-life version of those ...

GOP can help escape Obamacare

"You get what you pay for," the adage goes. Not with the Affordable Care Act. When open enrollment starts Nov. 1, the public will see they're going to be paying lots more for health insurance in 2017 and getting less.Across the country, state insurance departments are announcing double digit ...