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We can we protect from lone wolves?

Here we go again. We've just endured more terror attacks on American soil by radicalized Muslim young men. Their faith is not mentioned here to condemn the Muslim religion. It is a common denominator that should not be left unspoken for fear of finger wagging by the stewards of political ...

Mirror’s joke misses the mark

Regarding your recent brimstone and vinegar editorial headline "Joke's on Philly lawyer."As the inheritors and trusted guardians of a free press, you should know better than most that the term "a good Philadelphia lawyer" originated as a compliment, inspired by gratitude and respect for Andrew ...

Tonight’s debate could be snooze fest

Thanks to the nomination of volatile reality television star Donald Trump, the tonight's presidential debate between Trump and the soporific Hillary Clinton is widely expected to draw record numbers. With the polls knotted up and the swing states in heavy contention, conventional wisdom says ...

Don’t count Trump out just yet

If you aren't seriously contemplating the biggest black swan event in American electoral history, you aren't paying attention.Fifteen months ago, Donald Trump was a reality-TV star with a spotty business record and a weird penchant for proclaiming that he was on the verge of running for ...

TV, Trump overhype dangers

The explosives going off in the dumpster in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea was not a major terrorist event - except on the TV news channels. No one was killed, fortunately. And thanks to superb police work, a suspect was captured within 48 hours.On the night after, Sunday, trains from ...

Needs of the people

The work of police officers involves a wide range of activities.They are called to major crime scenes such as murders, but they also are called for minor incidents such as vandalism. What's important to the victims is that the police show they care about the crime.With that in mind, it's good ...

Hillary Clinton an everywoman

Every woman in my family, from my great-grandmother to my mother, was fond of saying, "A man works from dawn till dusk, but a woman's work is never done."Even as a child, I understood this to be a statement of fact, usually recited in a soft voice at the end of a long day, punctuated with a ...

Freedom, not democracy, gives power to the people

A recent headline at Vox.com claimed a new study proved federalism is a total joke.The study, by Professor Steven Rogers of Saint Louis University, showed that voters base their decisions on the popularity of the president. So, over the past several election cycles, when President Barack ...

Hillary’s health is a valid issue

One of the most amusing spectacles of this election season has been the whipsawing of the loyalists.Repeatedly, spinners for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been sent out to hammer this or that talking point, only to be left holding the bag when the candidate goes another way.So far, ...

Bad teacher protection racket

Bad teachers. We've all had one. A Connecticut judge is ordering the state to stop spending money on teachers who can't or won't teach.State Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher ruled last week that Connecticut must overhaul how it evaluates and pays public school teachers, including ...

Fight Zika, not family planning

At least two Congressional Republicans sound ready to drop a misguided fight over Planned Parenthood in the interest of fighting the deadly Zika virus. Will their GOP cohorts see reason, or continue to politicize the issue?Majority Senate Republicans have been trying to pass a stopgap spending ...

Clinton will be fine; Trump? No

A friend 15 years older than Hillary Clinton recently came down with a case of mild pneumonia that sounds just like hers.Five days later, he was on a ladder pruning trees. The doctor wanted more rest, but he's fine. And so will Clinton be.I will dispense with the interminable chitchat of ...

Listen for sounds of history

What comes to mind when you listen to the two last names of a presidential ticket spoken as one word?For example, I always thought the winning 1980-84 combination of Republicans Ronald Reagan and George Bush, or "Reagan-Bush," sounded like an Oktoberfest event in Wisconsin."We had a great time ...

America’s heroin epidemic deepens wor

It is an opioid that's 10,000 times more potent than morphine.A minuscule dose, no bigger than a snowflake, can kill a person on contact. Carfentanil is a synthetic anesthetic designed to tranquilize elephants.So why in the world is such a deadly ingredient being mixed with heroin?Perhaps it's ...

Hillary would rather suffer in silence

WASHINGTON - She didn't want to say she was sick.Hillary Clinton, that is, who recently has suffered coughing fits followed Sunday by a near collapse during New York's 9/11 memorial ceremony. She left the ceremony early, claiming over-heatedness, and appeared to weave, lose her footing and ...

Bookends are worth investment

Almost 50 years ago, a Harvard president said "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance."Most of us agree, "hitting the books" is important and education has intrinsic value.It is hard to find anything else about education where public opinion is either uniform or unanimous. The ...

Schlafly’s death reminds conservatism still matters

Phyllis Schlafly died this past week at the age of 92.I had my disagreements with the legendary conservative activist, particularly of late. She died the day before publication of her last book: "The Conservative Case for Trump."The title alone should offer the reader a hint of at least one of ...

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 ...