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A state of permanent war

The vicious attack on a Christmas market in Berlin (last) week reminds us that terrorism has become a fact of life in our world. How do we stop a hate-filled fanatic from ramming a truck into a crowd of holiday shoppers anywhere, anytime? Now that terrorist networks have decided that trucks can ...

When a house is accused of a crime

“The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world. ... The worst thing in the world varies from individual to individual.” — George Orwell, “1984” PHILADELPHIA — For Christos and Markela Sourovelis, for whom the worst thing was losing their home, “Room 101” was ...

Reunited but wondering

Dear Annie: I am in a loving relationship with a wonderful man, “William.” We grew up together, but our families moved apart over time, so we lost all contact. Then, just by chance, I found William on a dating site. I wanted to contact him that afternoon. Then I changed my mind. I would ...

The ‘diversity’ fraud

Nothing so epitomizes the politically correct gullibility of our times as the magic word “diversity.” The wonders of diversity are proclaimed from the media, extolled in the academy and confirmed in the august chambers of the Supreme Court of the United States. But have you ever seen one ...

Why Trump will continue to hold rallies

Donald Trump has just finished the last of his nine post-election “thank-you tour” rallies. Why did he do them? And why is he planning further rallies after he becomes president? One clue is that Trump conducted them only in the states he won. And most attendees appeared to have voted for ...

We have totally different tastes

Dear Annie: I’ve been seeing this woman, “Becky,” for six months or so. We met through a mentorship program for underprivileged teens. She’s a lawyer and incredibly smart. I write for a music magazine. We have a great time together. But — and I know this is going to make me sound ...

Close them down

Donald Trump is appointing good people — Andy Puzder, for example, Trump’s nominee for labor secretary. When Puzder took over Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants, they were deep in debt. Four years later, they were profitable. I bet his 70,000 workers are happy about that. “What ...

The familiarity of Christmas

Familiarity doesn’t always breed contempt. Not if it’s a familiarity with Christmas. While America and much of the world are focusing attention on the coming of the new president, little attention is paid to a gift not even the world’s richest person could pay for and which is even ...

Peace through technology

“To change anything in the Navy is like punching a feather bed. You punch it with your right and you punch it with your left until you are finally exhausted, and then you find the damn bed just as it was before you started punching.” — Franklin Roosevelt, 1940 SAN DIEGO — ...

Some Christmastime advice

Now that the 538 electors have voted — and, with only the most minor of exceptions, for the expected candidates — we can marvel at how such a huge difference in public policies can be made by just a few votes, the 77,744 votes by which Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton for the 46 electoral ...

Away for the holidays

Dear Annie: Earlier this year, I moved to the East Coast for my first job out of college. My parents, siblings and entire extended family are all back on the West Coast. Overall, I like it out here. I’ve been keeping so busy with my new job that I’ve hardly had time to be homesick at ...

Only Hillary is to blame for her loss

The Democrats have a simple explanation for Hillary Clinton’s loss — the Russians did it. The party that has had a decadeslong soft spot toward Moscow and been reluctant to believe that the Kremlin might have aggressive intentions or, say, cheat on an arms-control agreement is in a frenzy ...

Turkey’s capriciousness

PARIS — An off-duty Turkish police officer gunned down Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, Monday at a photo exhibit on Ankara’s John F. Kennedy Street, just across from the U.S. Embassy. The assailant, a member of the riot police, positioned himself right behind the ambassador, ...

Sister goes rogue on Christmas gifts

Dear Annie: This is not an earthshaking problem, but it concerns me. I am a childless widow and celebrate Christmas with my sister’s family, consisting of her adult children and their spouses; her adult grandchildren and their spouses or significant others; and one toddler. Everyone was ...

Hope and humility

Former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wy., once said that, “Those who travel the high road of humility will not be troubled by heavy traffic.” That descriptive and funny line came to mind after I heard what first lady Michelle Obama told Oprah Winfrey last week in a TV interview. Because of Donald ...

Saboteurs of a Trump foreign policy

The never-Trumpers are never going to surrender the myth that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the hacking of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and the Democratic National Committee to defeat Clinton and elect Donald Trump. Their investment in the myth is just too ...

‘Some people are just jerks’

Dear Annie: My mother has been dealing with her jerk of a neighbor for too long, and I’m fed up. Every year, the leaves fall from his trees, and rather than mulch them like the rest of the homeowners in the neighborhood, he gets out his leaf blower and blows them into the road and beyond, to ...

‘Jackie,’ manners and power

Those expecting to feast on the splendor of a fashion icon in the movie “Jackie” may feel misled. The promotion shows actress Natalie Portman in a copy of the Dior-inspired red dress Jackie Kennedy wore on her fabulous White House tour. But the outfit at the center of this story is the pink ...

DR. ENFRED “MOLEY” E. LINDER

Nobody is sure exactly when it actually began. The first year that staff and students gathered in the morning to sing Christmas carols before classes started at Duncombe Elementary School is lost to history. It has, however, been decades. For many of the families that have multiple ...