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Legalization isn’t the solution to the opioid crisis

One painful aspect of the public debates over the opioid-addiction crisis is how much they mirror the arguments that arise from personal addiction crises. If you’ve ever had a loved one struggle with drugs — in my case, my late brother, Josh — the national exercise in guilt-driven ...

Paul Manafort’s French connection should have been known

PARIS — The news broke early Monday that Paul Manafort, a longtime Washington establishment figure and Republican political strategist, had been indicted by a grand jury on 12 counts as a result of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible Russian interference in last ...

RIGHT AT HOME: Doorbells have lots of bells and whistles

Before electricity, doorbells rang via a complex rigging of mechanical pulleys. Visitors pulled a rope or turned a key-like affair — think Downton Abbey’s elaborate system to summon staff, but on a smaller scale for the masses. The electric doorbell was invented in 1831, and by the ...

Cargo containers gain steam as building blocks of new homes

Cargo containers, long a staple of international trade, are designed to be affordable, sturdy and water-tight. So it’s no surprise that for decades they’ve been used by the military, the needy — or just the hip — for other uses, including dwellings. What’s new is that the ...

Men must do better, be better to stop sexual harassment

How many is this now? I’ve lost track of the number of prominent men who’ve been accused of sexual harassment in the weeks since The New York Times outed movie producer Harvey Weinstein as an alleged serial offender. Lupita Nyong’o, Angelina Jolie and Ashley Judd are among the dozens ...

Efforts aim to limit the spread of fire ants in the US

They sting, damage crops and wildlife, and are extending their range in the United States. Imported fire ants are unwelcome guests here, and careless plant shipping helps them spread. A colony was discovered this spring in palm trees sent from Florida to Delaware, a state where the ...

Misinformation blaming doctors for opioid crisis is malarkey

President Trump’s declaration that opioid abuse is a public health emergency is sparking debate about addiction. Tragically, myths and misinformation are blocking the path to preventing more deaths. Start with the causes of the opioid crisis. On “Face the Nation,” New Jersey Governor ...

What to do after incurring storm damage

The 2017 hurricane season proved especially devastating for millions of people in both Texas and Florida. Upon making landfall in Texas in late August, Hurricane Harvey became the first Category 3 or higher hurricane in the United States since Hurricane Wilma in 2005. In its wake, Harvey left ...

Returning home after a fire

Home structure fires pose a significant, potentially deadly threat. According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to an average 358,300 home structure fires per year between 2010 and 2014. Statistics regarding home fires in Canada are somewhat elusive, ...

Major changes coming to new home building methods

Across America, home builders are adopting new approaches to construction to create greener homes with better resale value. One major change that’s tackling energy consumption and rising fuel costs is the use of an airtight, solid concrete system to replace inefficient wood framing. ...

Responsible building decisions deserve benefits, too

(MS) — Beauty, spaciousness and interior design are all important when building a personal dream home. Today, however, with the reality of energy and environmental concerns, homeowners also insist their forever home must be as eco-responsible as possible. And it turns out many decisions ...

College football haves, have-nots and dropouts

The University of Alabama’s football coach ruffled surprisingly few feathers up north when he dismissively contrasted the game played by the University of Rhode Island with his school’s. “When they play games — you know, I think up there when Rhode Island plays whoever they play — ...

Trump is the GOP mainstream

The showdown between President Donald Trump and Sen. Jeff Flake turned out to be no contest. It wasn’t Trump who was out of the GOP mainstream, but Flake. The Arizona senator supported Gang of Eight-style immigration reform, when immigration restriction is becoming a litmus-test issue in ...

Trump’s grand delusions wreak havoc in his own administration

WASHINGTON — When the late Muhammad Ali repeatedly proclaimed himself “the greatest,” referring to his supremacy as a prizefighter, he backed it up with his fists. Over more than a decade, he held the world heavyweight championship three separate times. But in the field of ...

Trump needs a stable dollar along with tax cuts to maximize growth

President Trump is likely to name a new Federal Reserve chair over the next few days. Speculation is focused on current Fed governor Jay Powell and Stanford University economist John Taylor. The list may be larger; it could still include current Chair Janet Yellen or Kevin Warsh. Trump is ...

An American president and the world: Kennedy’s legacy

The release by the Trump administration of thousands of pages of classified documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy brought to mind two anecdotes about the 35th president and his legacy. After the shock of Dallas, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who was then an ...

Who will protect Americans from radiating mischief of protectionism?

WASHINGTON — What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive ourselves into believing that corporate welfare can be seemly. Consider the caper, both amusing and depressing, that began when mighty Boeing sought protection behind the skirts of the U.S. Department of Commerce. ...

Shaming of George H.W. Bush is obscene

The recent allegations against former President George H.W. Bush for “sexually assaulting” young women who stood next to him during photo shoots are obscene — but not because of what the president did or did not do. Enough is enough. President Bush is 93 years old. He sits in a ...

Freedom of speech does not guarantee understanding

Daily Beast columnist Jay Michaelson is unhappy with America’s football fans. In a thoughtful column, he argues that “kneeling for the anthem is a sign of respect, not disrespect, for our country and the values it stands for.” He adds that “To protest — for whatever cause, left or ...

Yes, it’s bad out there, but you’re not alone

The young cashier smiled as she requested my driver’s license to prove I was old enough to buy cabernet in Columbus, Ohio. I complied and thanked her for making my day. Something shoved against me, hard, and I teetered. I looked down at the grocery cart pressed against my hip and then at ...