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A viewer’s guide to the midterm elections

Forget the Super Bowl! For millions of Americans, the biggest spectator sport of 2018 will be the midterm elections. The political winds currently favor the Democrats, but it’s impossible to know how strong they’ll be blowing come November. Five key races can give casual fans a good sense ...

Trump gets real about the UN

Following the U.N. General Assembly vote condemning the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and Ambassador Nikki Haley’s bold speech to that body following the vote, Haley has announced that the 2018 budget for the U.N. will be cut by $285 ...

Treading gently into this new year, focusing on positive

In the first hour of Christmas Eve, our 9-year-old grandson and his parents arrived here in Ohio after two long flights from their home in hurricane-ravaged St. Croix. His recent life included 10 weeks without electricity in the U.S. territory full of U.S. citizens. In advance of his visit, ...

Trying to take Trump seriously as a public policy maker

The year 2016 turned out to be a year in which it was wise to take Donald Trump as a political candidate seriously but not literally, in the inspired words of syndicated columnist Salena Zito. As 2017 is on the point of vanishing, it’s worth asking whether it’s time to take Trump ...

Beware: Obamacare penalty could come back in states

The federal tax cut signed into law last week eliminates the federal penalty for not having health insurance, starting in 2019. That’s good news for those who’ve been buying Obamacare to avoid the penalty, and even better news for those who’ve actually been paying the penalty. But ...

Asian tableware: From Zen to zany

Japan, China and Korea have a long history of creating beautiful table goods, from rustic stoneware to delicate ceramics, sleek lacquered items to whimsical serveware and utensils. This tableware is appearing more and more in decor stores on this side of the world as part of several trends: ...

Trump and the GOP are on the side of the growth angels

With President Trump’s signing of the big tax cut bill, the Republican Party snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. Suddenly, the political and economic landscapes have changed. The GOP has turned the tables on the Democrats. With the passage of this powerful tax-cut legislation to ...

Pocket-size seed packets speak volumes

A seed packet may be small, but it speaks volumes. While seed catalogs promote thousands of types of plants, seed packets tell gardeners how to grow one. All the information is printed on the back of a paper pouch slightly larger than the size of your wallet, and at prices that won’t empty ...

Santa or Scrooge in the Oval Office?

WASHINGTON — In this traditional season of tidings of gladness and joy, the jury is out on whether American taxpayers should be celebrating or bemoaning the massive tax reform package placed under the Christmas tree by President Trump and his merry band of Republican members of ...

Saying goodbye to 2017, with high hopes for 2018

Terror attacks on American soil, mass murders in church, widespread serial sexual assaults, unwarranted police shootings, continued gang activity in major cities, nationwide political schisms – news headlines during 2017 were both frightening and disheartening. So, will 2018 be any ...

Tribe plans to open Grand Canyon zip lines

PEACH SPRINGS, Ariz. (AP) — The Hualapai Tribe is expanding tourist offerings at the west rim of the Grand Canyon. More than 1 million people a year visit Grand Canyon West, outside the boundaries of the national park. It’s best known for the Skywalk, a horseshoe-shaped glass bridge that ...

Words that weren’t banned and those that should be

WASHINGTON — The recent excitement over an incredible story about the government trying to ban certain words reminded me of all the words and phrases I despise and wish were banned. For the sake of getting on with it, briefly: The Washington Post reported Friday that officials at the ...

SCOTUS case could enhance public workers’ rights

SEATTLE — It is protected by Washington state’s lopsidedly Democratic political class, which knows who butters its bread. It has been provided with bespoke law, tailored for its comfort. Nevertheless, the Service Employees International Union has been so avaricious in its objectives and so ...

A tax bill about growth, not envy

As I listen to and read what those on the left have to say about the soon-to-be-law tax bill, I wonder where these folks think wealth comes from. They like to talk about milking the cow but don’t seem to think it’s relevant to talk abou where you get the cow. They want to talk about ...

A timely rescue from the everyday life that consumes us

Two days after Thanksgiving, our son-in-law left our home to go out for a run and, upon his return, rang our doorbell. This is not his habit when he stays with us. “Why is Matt ringing the doorbell?” my husband said as we all made our way to the front of the house. You would think no ...

Republicans reformed taxes; will they fix 1970s budget rules next?

The Republicans have passed their tax bill, without a single Democratic vote, despite low to dismal poll ratings. It’s reminiscent of the passage by Democrats, without a single Republican vote, of Obamacare in March 2010. Democrats lost 63 seats and their House majority that fall. ...

To deregulate America, dump DC bureaucrats

Flanked by a towering 185,000 pages representing the federal regulatory code now and a short pile of 20,000 pages — the code’s length a half-century ago — President Trump pledged last week to return us to the days of fewer regulations. Pointing to the colossal pile, which would take some ...

RIGHT AT HOME: Home decor’s steamy new palette

While it seems like white, gray and other cool neutrals have taken over many shelter magazines and blogs in the past few seasons, there’s starting to be little rise in temperature. Here and there, dollops of hothouse pink, sultry red and sunset orange are showing up in decorative ...

Olive, a worthy holiday tree

How about an olive tree for a holiday tree? I’m not suggesting olive to replace spruces, firs and other conifers that are our traditional holiday trees. But an olive tree, which symbolizes peace and is a tree you actually would find growing in Jerusalem, is an appropriate accompaniment to the ...

Smart home savvy: 6 ways to add technology to your living spaces

(StatePoint) A smart, connected home is what’s in style. In fact, since 2014, research shows smart technology has increased in priority during renovations, especially for first-time home buyers. Wondering what options are out there? Here are six ways to add tech to your space. 1. Stay ...