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Serve honorably or don’t serve at all

WASHINGTON — The “deep state” exists after all. But it turns out that deep state is not made up of the permanent bureaucracy, shadowy intelligence officials, or even Obama administration holdovers; rather it is made up of President Trump’s own senior appointees. In a New York Times ...

Regime change — American style

As large parts of America burn or drown under weird weather conditions made more extreme by global warming, California and other states are doggedly pursuing solutions. What do you say to those who deny climate change is happening — or who dismiss the scientific consensus that humankind is ...

Weight loss means new wardrobe

Dear Annie: I have been overweight my entire life. Because of a diabetes scare a couple of years ago, I lost 50 pounds, primarily through running and modifying my diet. My self-esteem has greatly improved because I now have more energy to keep up with my kids and can go for longer walks with my ...

Our Constitution

One of the best statements of how the Framers saw the role of the federal government is found in Federalist Paper 45, written by James Madison, who is known as the “Father of the Constitution”: “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and ...

No, I’m Spartacus!

WASHINGTON — It was Day Three of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings when Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J,, launched his 2020 presidential bid as a Thracian gladiator. His eyes glimmering pools of earnestness, Booker girded his loins and told the chamber that he was going to do the unthinkable. He was ...

Husband doodles immaturely

Dear Annie: My husband of over 30 years is a great person, successful and well-educated. I love him dearly except for one annoying thing. He draws on people’s photos in magazines and newspapers. Almost daily, for a few minutes after breakfast or dinner, he’ll draw mustaches, knocked-out ...

A silly debate

What’s with all this socialism business? A handful of lefty candidates are calling themselves socialists without a single radical socialistic item on their promise lists. They seem to have little idea of what socialism is. And most of the conservatives talking back to them don’t seem to ...

A better approach to foreign aid

PARIS — The Pentagon cancelled $300 million worth of military aid to Pakistan, just as Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, was preparing to travel to Islamabad to meet with Prime Minister Imran Khan. The move is no doubt a negotiating tactic to get Pakistan to stop diversifying its weapons ...

‘Throwback Thursday’ pix anger friend

Dear Annie: “Lisa,” a friend with whom I went to high school, got rhinoplasty — aka a nose job — between high school and college. Don’t ask me why; I think she had a beautiful face beforehand, but that’s a tale for another letter. I’m writing to you about a disagreement that’s ...

Neil Armstrong and the flag

History is usually airbrushed to remove a figure who has fallen out of favor with a dictatorship, or to hide away an episode of national shame. Leave it to Hollywood to erase from a national triumph its most iconic moment. The new movie “First Man,” a biopic about the Apollo 11 astronaut ...

Being inspired by US achievements

I know the news cycle has moved on to fresher outrages, but I’d live to revisit last week’s culture war freak out, because I think the wrong people freaked out. A quick recap: The film “First Man” debuted at the Venice Film Festival. The movie chronicles the life of Neil Armstrong, ...

Trouble with purging

Dear Annie: Next month, I’m moving into an apartment that’s smaller than my current one. So in the meantime, I’ve been going through all of my stuff, trying to purge anything I don’t use. I have been donating a lot of clothes, books, DVDs, knickknacks and the like to Goodwill. I used to ...

SHIRLEY HILPIPRE

EAGLE GROVE — Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, Eagle Grove. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Foust Funeral Home, Eagle Grove. www.foustfh.com

Identity politics

The recent primaries, particularly on the Democratic side, have unleashed a pack of first-ism cliches. If elected in November, Andrew Gillum would become “Florida’s first black governor” (CNN). Stacey Abrams in Georgia could be “America’s first black female governor” (Time). Jared ...

Balance sheet of the forever war

“It is time for this war in Afghanistan to end,” said Gen. John Nicholson in Kabul on his retirement Sunday after a fourth tour of duty and 31 months as commander of U.S. and NATO forces. Labor Day brought news that another U.S. serviceman had been killed in an insider attack by an Afghan ...

It’s my party

Dear Annie: I’m planning my birthday party. I’m renting out a room in a beautiful bar/event space downtown. I’ve got about 15 friends coming. Recently, in passing, I mentioned to one of my friends that I’d ordered a cake from a bakery for the occasion. She said, “You’re getting your ...

Explosion and silence

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for seven years. Having both been married and divorced before, we committed and agreed before we married that the words “separation” and “divorce” would never be discussed in our future. We have a large circle of friends and attend music ...

Impeachment is just a liberal fantasy

WASHINGTON — Michael Cohen’s decision to plead guilty for making hush-money payments on Donald Trump’s behalf has raised the prospect that if Democrats take control of Congress, they might try to impeach the president over a matter completely unrelated to a perceived criminal conspiracy ...

Is he really a friend?

Dear Annie: I have a dear friend who lives nearby, but for some reason, he will not contact me. We grew up together, and a year ago, I helped him, his wife and his dogs out after Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity at their home. He has never really thanked me, and he never calls me. And I ...

Area football roundup

Indians snap skid POCAHONTAS — The Pocahontas Area football team picked up a 15-6 victory here Friday night over Manson Northwest Webster. Trey Oehlertz led the way for the Indians (1-2 overall), rushing for 148 yards on 16 carries. That included an 86-yard score in the first quarter. Cage ...