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WASHINGTON — Repeal of Prohibition in 1933 instantly reduced crime by reducing the number of criminalized activities, including some that millions of Americans considered victimless activities and none of the government’s business. Now, America is going to become more law abiding, the ...

EUNICE M. MARTINSON

HARCOURT — Eunice M. Martinson, 95, of Perry, formerly of Harcourt passed away Fri­day, May 18, 2018 at Perry Luth­eran Home. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednes­day, May 23, 2018 at Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie with Pastor Max Phillips officiating. Burial will be in the Lost ...

A Romeo con man

Dear Annie: I was born and raised in America but am engaged to a Nigerian guy I met on Facebook. We have been dating for two years now through text messages, video calls and phone calls. He claims he has no money to travel here, so his getting here mainly depends on me. I am disabled and on a ...

Community and Family Resources earns three-year accreditation

CARF International announced that Community and Family Resources has been accredited for a period of three years for its crisis stabilization, detoxification/withdrawal management, residential treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and outpatient treatment programs. This is the first ...

California keeps the faith

Many on the right insist that California’s tough environmental rules are strangling its businesses. Evidence to the contrary emerged last week in news that California has just zoomed past Britain to become the world’s fifth-biggest economy. California must be doing something right. One of ...

The bitterness tour

MELBOURNE, Australia — When you hear “world tour” you usually think of superstars performing concerts in various cities for adoring fans. Not so with the presidentially deprived, entitlement-driven Hillary Clinton. Last week, Hillary Clinton came to Melbourne, Australia’s second ...

Is her body a distraction?

Dear Annie: I work at a small office that employs all women. Most, including me, are older than 50. Over a year ago, one of my co-workers had a double mastectomy. Over the year, we all were very supportive and helpful to her. Last week, I was summoned into the boss’s office to be told that ...

Donald Trump’s Jerusalem triumph

In the second century A.D., Jewish rebels who had stunned the Romans and liberated a portion of Judea overstruck imperial coins with images and a message of their own, “Year One of the Redemption of Jerusalem.” The Roman emperor Hadrian had planted the seeds for the rebellion with his ...

Partner unsupportive of children

Dear Annie: I’m in a relationship with someone whom I thought would care about and love me. I met this man almost 10 years ago. My adult son, “Barry,” lives with us, though he will be moving out soon. My partner gets home from work and complains to me about little things Barry does. For ...

A man of his word

The instant analysis on cable TV of President Donald Trump’s decision to dump the Iran deal had a weary resignation to it: He said he would do this. Indeed, he had. Trump repeatedly promised on the campaign trail to pull out of the deal and had made it a target from the time that President ...

How to help a worried friend

Dear Annie: I have a friend who is going through a tough time, and I am wondering how I can help her. She was a single mother who raised two daughters and a son on her own. I am still amazed at how she provided a safe and loving home for her children all by herself. Her daughters are married ...

Fertility woes

Dear Annie: My husband and I have had some difficulty getting pregnant. I am 32 and feel the clock ticking as each day without my having a fertility doctor passes. This entire process is completely embarrassing. I am ashamed I even have to go through this. I feel as though I am less of a ...

Is containment our only option?

WASHINGTON — The path to today’s problems with Iran passed through the University of Chicago squash court where on Dec. 2, 1942, for 4.5 minutes physicist Enrico Fermi, making calculations on a slide rule, achieved the controlled release of energy from an atomic nucleus. Historian Richard ...

Collusion is usually a dirty word

WASHINGTON — Democrats routinely express outrage over claims of collusion with a foreign power to undermine our democracy. So where is the outrage over revelations that former secretary of state John Kerry held not one but two secret meetings with Iran’s foreign minister to strategize ...

Bibi and Bolton

Brushing aside the anguished pleas of our NATO allies, President Trump last Tuesday contemptuously trashed the Iranian nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions. Prime Minister Theresa May of Great Britain, President Emmanuel Macron of France and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were put on notice ...

Um, excuse me

Dear Annie: I’m a woman in my mid-20s. About a month ago, I started seeing “Vern.” He was my first date through an online dating site, so I was nervous and then pleasantly surprised when he turned out to be charming, sincere, witty and just as good-looking in person. We share a lot of the ...

Freeing predators

The most vivid takeaway from the financial meltdown of 10 years ago was that nearly everyone got hurt. Stock investors took a beating. People who had carefully set aside money for retirement saw a third of their savings vanish. Consumer spending collapsed, pushing two of the Big Three U.S. car ...

One at a time

Following the 2016 election, President Obama rightly warned the Trump transition team “we only have one president at a time.” It was a reminder that there can be just one person articulating American foreign policy so world leaders will have no doubt as to the United States’ ...

Not a pro bono baby sitter

Dear Annie: I’m a college sophomore. Recently, I baby-sat for a friend of a friend who is a few years older and lives in town with her husband and two kids. One was an infant, and the other was a toddler. It was a relatively easy baby-sitting gig; the little one mostly just slept, and the ...

Character does matter

With news that Sen. John McCain’s last book, “The Restless Wave” — the seventh he has written with his friend and former speechwriter Mark Salter — is about to come out, I thought of the man I covered and traveled with and grew to both like and respect enormously. On election night ...