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The president is not the enemy

The Establishment, a construct of Democrats and Republicans that rules in Washington no matter which party controls government, appears to be over its fainting spell following Donald Trump’s election. It is now throwing everything at him from a daily — make that hourly, even minute by ...

Conflicting visions

For the most part, people share common goals. Most of us want poor people to enjoy higher standards of living, greater traffic safety, more world peace, greater racial harmony, cleaner air and water, and less crime. Despite the fact that people have common goals, we often see them grouped into ...

Does my bias show?

Dear Annie: I’m a writer and photographer for a regional magazine. In my town, there’s a local celebrity whom I think has gotten a big career on not-so-big talent. He gets press coverage everywhere for almost everything he does — except in my little corner of culture writing. I have not ...

Randi Weingarten’s pathetic smear

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, is paid not to tell the truth about school choice, and she deserves a raise. In a speech last week, she purported to uncover the racist roots of the school-choice movement in “massive resistance” to school desegregation in ...

Trump, Macron and Putin

When U.S. President Donald Trump sat beside French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris for a Bastille Day parade, it was a meeting of two men who have more in common than not. Both come from a private-sector background where results represent the bottom line. As Trump has found, an ...

Life with a messy roommate

Dear Annie: I hope you can stand another letter about roommate problems. I’m a single guy in my late 20s. I live with one roommate, “Larry,” and he’s getting on my last nerve. Larry told me when he moved in that he was a clean person, didn’t leave dishes in the sink, kept the ...

New York rat pack continues to grow

Anthony Scaramucci is two things Jeff Sessions is not. One, he is a New Yorker. Two, he is a New Yorker who made a bundle in finance. It matters not that the new White House communications director once called Donald Trump a “hack politician” on Fox Business. Or that Scaramucci has said ...

Are America’s wars just and moral?

“One knowledgeable official estimates that the CIA-backed fighters may have killed or wounded 100,000 Syrian soldiers and their allies,” writes columnist David Ignatius. Given that Syria’s prewar population was not 10 percent of ours, this is the equivalent of a million dead and wounded ...

Big economic ideas

I participated in perhaps a bit of radio history last week when Steve Forbes and Art Laffer joined me on my syndicated radio show. It may have been the first time these supply-side economics giants were ever together over the airwaves. Forbes, of course, is chairman of Forbes Media, and he ...

Selfish? Jealous?

Dear Annie: Am I being selfish and perhaps jealous, too? My partner of five years, “William,” says he is more comfortable in the company of women than men. William has revealed to me that while he was growing up, his father was domineering and not compassionate or understanding. Instead, ...

Lynch — 60 years

BARNUM — Carole and Gene Lynch, of Barnum, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday. Cards may be sent to them at 1129 210th St., Barnum, IA 50518. Their family includes Denise and David McNitt, of Council Bluffs; Mark and Janine Lynch, of Barnum; and Karen and Jeff ...

Loving animals

We need to sell more rhino horns, quickly. That may be the only way to save rhinos from extinction. Today, rhinos vanish because poachers kill them for their horns. Businesses turn their horns into ornaments or quack health potions. Some horns sell for $300,000. No wonder poachers risk ...

Is Iran in our gun sights?

“Iran must be free. The dictatorship must be destroyed. Containment is appeasement and appeasement is surrender.” Thus does our Churchill, Newt Gingrich, dismiss, in dealing with Iran, the policy of containment crafted by George Kennan and pursued by nine U.S. presidents to bloodless ...

Need help to fight a lender

Dear Annie: My wife and I are in our mid-70s, are retired and have been living in our lovely home for 10 years. In 2011, because of the loss of our incomes, we took out a reverse mortgage. The lender has lost its Better Business Bureau accreditation and employs unscrupulous thieves who have ...

Western values

Here’s part of President Donald Trump’s speech in Poland: “The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive. Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have ...

A plan to save Social Security

It is no secret that what the major media seem to care most about is radically different from what concerns average Americans. While the inside the Beltway crowd continues to focus on alleged collusion between President Trump and Russia, real concerns like the future of Social Security are ...

On the hook for a wedding

Dear Annie: We belong to a private club. The club policy allows a member to sponsor a nonmember so that the nonmember can have an event at the club. However, in the event payment is not received from the nonmember for any reason, the member must pay the bill in full. Last year, our longtime ...

McCain the hero

In this unheroic era when prominent American males prove their abiding patriotism by prominently displaying an American flag pin in the lapel of their suit jacket, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., remains seriously out of step. McCain has never been a flag waver. With the steady devotion of a ...

Porking out with your money

Citizens Against Government Waste, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to eliminate governmental waste and fraud, just released its “2017 Congressional Pig Book,” an annual publication highlighting wasteful government spending that should embarrass each and every member of ...

The blackest of sheep

Dear Annie: My sister and I have a lying, cheating brother who has bankrupted our elderly parents through his recklessness and greed. He coerced them to sign over everything to him for loans and personal guarantees for his business, which went bankrupt. He does not help with their care or ...