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 By Bob Franken    Opinion    November 15, 2018 

Move Backward, Fall Flat

Mornings are somewhat brighter, but it's still a day of mourning. The switch from daylight saving to standard time is an admission that we can't escape the predictable gloom of winter, with its icy weather. It might become less predictable once...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    November 15, 2018 

Urban America's Vagrancy Outrage

It's appropriate that the U.N. special rapporteur devoted to adequate housing has visited encampments in Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Mumbai -- and San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. The homeless situation in those cities and others around the...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: Nov. 15, 2018

Pet Peeves Parents who don’t teach their kids acceptable behavior and just expect the rest of society to deal with it. Okeydokes Holiday open house. A nice night on the town. No snow yet....

 

Costs Matter in Hiring

When our military is viewed as an employer, it has the same problem as the private sector; attracting qualified people to fill jobs. In today’s vibrant economy, there is an abundance of “Help Wanted” signs. Even though our armed forces have...

 
 By Frank Watson    Opinion    November 15, 2018 

Victimology

I was raised around strong women. My four-foot-ten-inch grandmother was one of the strongest human beings I have ever known. My mother’s sisters worked on the farm along with my uncles and me. My sister could whip any kid in school and was one of t...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: Nov. 8, 2018

Pet Peeves Christmas decorations on Main Street, a Christmas tree at the Public Service building, it’s Nov. 8....

 

The Violent Presidency

Republicans have always justified their preferential treatment of the super-wealthy by trotting out the bogus "trickle-down theory." They argue that as the rich get richer, they will spend more on jobs, etc., and the financial benefits will "trickle...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    November 8, 2018

America's Loser Problem

It's not any less awful for being so familiar. The last three high-profile attacks that have convulsed the nation, two in recent weeks, have been carried out by fringe loners who fit the stereotype of the perpetrators of such crimes precisely --...

 

Military Also Adjusting to Worker Shortages

When our military is viewed as an employer, it has the same problem as the private sector; attracting qualified people to fill jobs. In today’s vibrant economy, there is an abundance of “Help Wanted” signs. Even though our armed forces have...

 

The Saudi D.C. Swamp

Imagine that: It's getting so it's difficult to get away with being slime in the Washington "swamp" these days -- or at the very least, much tougher to paper it over by placing a fake-believe veneer of money from the most noxious sources. For...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    November 1, 2018

Trump Blows Whistle on Russian Cheating

Is the INF Treaty so important that the Russians should be allowed to cheat on it without consequence? That's the implication of the criticisms of President Donald Trump for saying that he's pulling out of the Cold War-era arms-control agreement....

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: Nov. 1, 2018

Pet Peeves People who complain but don’t vote Those R’s and D’s who put party affiliation before U.S.A. Okeydokes Colfax’s WIAA Academic State Championship football team! Impressive honor! A pink-painted town that supports health Rosauers...

 

The New Male Stereotype

What happened to the image of the American father? I remember when fathers were considered the undisputed head of the family. The stereotypical father was venerated by his children and had the answer to all family problems. Not so anymore. The image...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: Oct. 25, 2018

Pet Peeves Maybe the council person and her friends could carpool to the Pullman pot shops to “reduce travel time.” Councils and residents hindering our local economic growth!!!! County commissioners can say no to county employees’ raises but...

 

Winning at Gutterball

It's Major League Baseball playoff season, as well as the run-up to the elections. Oh, the games people play. Way back when, in the early 20th century, New York Giants manager John "Mugsy" McGraw was the first to utter an important life lesson for...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    October 25, 2018

Civility is for Suckers

It's doubtful that a former American presidential candidate has ever formally endorsed incivility before, but Hillary Clinton is ever full of surprises. In an interview on CNN, the erstwhile advocate of "if they go low, we go high" switched around to...

 

Demand Comes Before Supply

I was reading a book the other day with the television as background noise. The book wasn’t very good, so I was waiting for something other than a political ad when a statement caught my ear. I can usually ignore statements I disagree with, but...

 

The Nation's Road Ruts

"Country roads, take me home, To the place I belong, West Virginia, mountain mama, Take me home, country roads." If John Denver were to write that song these days, its lyrics might become "Trump country roads." After all, Donald Trump won West...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    October 18, 2018

The Left's Foolhardy Attack on the Senate

Democrats suffered a stinging loss in the fight over Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, and have concluded that the constitutional system is to blame. You see, if only the Founders hadn't forged the Great Compromise between large states and small states...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: Oct. 18, 2018

Pet Peeves Hunters who shoot over the neighbors house over pasture with cows in it and at your house. Okeydokes No dogs in the local grocery store!!...

 

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