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Updated Feb 17, 2017 at 10:58 AM

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Updated Feb 13, 2017 at 10:10 AM

This preoccupation with the Second Amendment began a few months back when I wrote a column entitled “Guns don’t kill people. Really?” The amount of interest in that topic directed me to do additional research on the subject and every avenue pointed...

Updated Feb 6, 2017 at 12:28 PM

This is the second in a series of columns that relate to the purpose of the Second Amendment and the gun rights issue that continues to fester in our society. The first column pointed out the strong desire on the part of the leadership of the...

Updated Feb 2, 2017 at 10:56 AM

This is why Donald Trump was elected.

Updated Feb 1, 2017 at 10:35 AM

The polite, low-key visit of Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain to President Donald Trump has generated relatively little media attention. That is unfortunate, because our alliance remains vital.

Updated Jan 19, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Presidential inaugurations are traditionally occasions for solemn spectacle and hopeful rhetoric. But there’s no ignoring the clouds hanging over the inauguration of the 45th president.

Updated Jan 9, 2017 at 10:44 AM

“It may sound preposterous but it’s true/ cause I heard it through the grapevine./ And Friend, I’m about to lose my mind/cause I heard it through the grapevine.”

Updated Jan 3, 2017 at 9:49 AM

The other day, I heard two friends greet each other in the parking lot of a local shopping center. “Merry Christmas,” one said cheerily. “We can say that again, now that our guy has won.”

Updated Dec 30, 2016 at 10:01 AM

Just before Christmas, a summit in Moscow brought together the leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey. President Vladimir Putin of Russia orchestrated this major meeting. After the discussions, his foreign minister Sergei Lavrov announced significant...

Updated Dec 27, 2016 at 12:57 PM

We have just been through one of the most negative political campaigns in history, one that set a new standard for pettiness and being just plain ugly. But, as an eternal optimist, I have been looking for that silver lining at the edge of the dark...

Updated Dec 23, 2016 at 12:11 PM

Remember Farkus the school bully who pushed around Ralphie and his friends in the holiday favorite “A Christmas Story.” Finally, Ralphie, tired of the harassment, stood up to Farkus and beat him up on the school playground.

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