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When women’s dignity counts for zero

The woman soon to be Rudolph Giuliani's third ex-wife is not the most sympathetic of victims. Judith Nation cavorted openly with Giuliani while the New York mayor was still living with his second wife and their two children. The second Mrs. Giuliani learned she was being left while watching ...

How to fertilize your garden organically

In gardening, whether you’re talking about pest control or fertilization, “organic” generally means natural. The word “organic” refers to “organic matter,” the linchpin of organic gardening and, traditionally at least, all good gardening. “Organic matter” is material derived ...

Blind to real problems of blacks and black families

For several decades, a few black scholars have been suggesting that the vision held by many black Americans is entirely wrong. Dr. Shelby Steele, a scholar at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, said: "Instead of admitting that racism has declined, we (blacks) argue all the harder that ...

Why the only answer is to break up the biggest Wall Street banks

Federal bank regulators are proposing to allow Wall Street more freedom to make riskier bets with federally insured bank deposits — such as the money in your checking and savings accounts. Watch your wallets. The new proposal waters down the so-called "Volcker Rule" (named after former ...

Look at charitable foundations — all charitable foundations

New York’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his charitable foundation, accusing them of using money illegally to help his businesses and political campaign. Whether the action has any merit remains to be seen. But while we are thinking of abuses ...

Inhumanity rules the border with separating families

WASHINGTON — Put yourself in the room with immigration officials and try to imagine exactly which argument would convince you that separating children from their migrating parents would be a good idea. Would it work for you because you're a stickler for obedience to rules — no ...

Taking care of kids who witness death to prevent later problems

Normally, small research studies don't interest me much because they usually don't include a large cross section of participants. I mean, how can you reach a generalized conclusion if you have only questioned or studied 20 or 30 people, right? But a newly reported effort from the Boston ...

Politics has nothing to do with how much Americans giving

Americans are famously compassionate people. When we learn of someone in need, we tend to dig into our pockets to help them. Last year, we set a new record: about $410 billion in charitable giving, according to an authoritative report by the Giving USA organization. It totaled donations ...

Historic snooker by Trump with his summit with Kim

The headline writers adore the word "historic." It was ubiquitous in reporting on the April meeting between Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in. Kim shook Moon's hand and then guided him over the military demarcation line to step onto North Korean territory. This prompted swoons. What rot. If that was ...

Congress suffers arthritic knees from genuflecting to presidential power

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., wonders: "Is there any doubt that America would view a foreign nation firing missiles at targets on American soil as an act of war?" His question might be pertinent to why the Singapore summit happened, and what, if anything, was changed by it. The question ...

Predictable media reaction to the Trump-Kim Summit

Perhaps the president is onto something. Upon returning from a potentially game-changing diplomatic summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un this week, President Donald Trump tweeted: "So funny to watch the Fake News, especially NBC and CNN. They are fighting hard to downplay the deal with ...

Where is the Republican Gene McCarthy?

After Election Day in 1964, when Lyndon B. Johnson won a landslide victory over Republican Barry Goldwater and Democrats procured a 68-32 majority in the Senate, the Democratic Caucus of the U.S. Senate met in private. Rightly confident -- they now had the numbers needed to pass Medicare, ...

Politicians learn how governments are held accountable

Political leaders often talk as if the right to vote is our most powerful tool for holding government accountable. Voting is important, but its impact is limited by an electoral process that protects incumbents and offers voters few meaningful options. Fortunately, as the Seattle City ...

This is who we have to be

Last week, in a discussion thread on my public Facebook wall about the current political climate, a reader asked a question that's been needling me: "How do we keep from demonizing those who would demonize others?" In attempting to answer her, I realized how much I've been wrestling with ...

The Singapore Summit: Trump ‘trusts’ Kim, but will he verify?

WASHINGTON — Behind the blockbuster of a possible diplomatic breakthrough on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the same question that hovered over America's Cold War dealings with the former Soviet Union now confronts Donald Trump. Can we trust our adversary without verifying its ...

Hollywood’s scripted hysteria when it comes to Trump

Last weekend, I happened across the 1957 film "No Down Payment," which has to be one of the worst films ever made. It features some (then) up-and-coming young stars, including Tony Randall, Jeffrey Hunter and the always-magnificent Joanne Woodward. But even stellar onscreen talent cannot ...

Saving bees one hive at a time: The basics of backyard beehives

Scientists and environmentalists have been warning the public for years that honeybees are disappearing at alarming rates. Scientists were initially uncertain in regard to what was decimating bee populations. Even though no single cause is to blame, data has pointed to pesticide use and the ...

What goes into a go-bag? How to prepare an emergency kit

Heather Kretzer, a health consultant for the Florida Department of Health in Panama City, lives near the water. But the most recent call for an evacuation in her area wasn’t because of a hurricane but because of an active shooter. The incident, which did not result in any bystanders ...

VA Mission Act won’t help dying Vietnam vets

Tens of thousands of Vietnam vets, now in their sixties and early seventies, are carrying a dangerous parasite picked up in Asia called liver fluke. Many don't know it, but it's a ticking time bomb likely to kill them. President Donald Trump just signed the VA Mission Act, which is supposed ...

Watering during a drought begins with setting priorities

Homeowners know that irrigation is a necessary but never-ending task for gardens and the overall landscape. But watering priorities change drastically during a drought. Conservation prevails over plant care, and can trigger expensive and in some cases emotional losses. “If water ...