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January 17, 2015 One of the unique perks in longevity is the ability to follow history as it unfolds within a lifetime. more »»

Why wages won’t rise

January 17, 2015 Jobs are coming back, but pay isn’t. The median wage is still below where it was before the Great Recession. Last month, average pay actually fell. more »»

The better option

January 17, 2015 It’s easy to fire a business that rips you off. Just go to a different one. It’s a lot easier to patronize another business than to get government to fix the problem. more »»

Why it was right not to go to Paris

January 16, 2015 If we can be serious for a moment: The president made an error in judgment by not sending someone with a higher profile than our ambassador to join world leaders Sunday at a solidarity rally in Paris. more »»

Basic economics

January 16, 2015 “Whether one is a conservative or a radical, a protectionist or a free trader, a cosmopolitan or a nationalist, a churchman or a heathen, it is useful to know the causes and consequences of economic... more »»

Risk and protective factors for toxic stress

January 15, 2015 I've been thinking a lot about how we protect our children from emotional distress, especially when toxic stress is present. more »»

New Year’s irresolution

January 15, 2015 President Barack Obama’s absence from the great gathering in Paris of national leaders from other countries, to show their solidarity with France in its opposition to Islamic terrorists, was another... more »»

Terrorists usher in the end of satire

January 14, 2015 Dear Terrorists: OK, you win. We surrender. Never thought I’d say that, but then, I never thought I’d see gunmen burst into the offices of a satirical magazine as happened last Wednesday in Paris. more »»

China’s choice

January 13, 2015 WASHINGTON — One of the few incontrovertible assertions one can reasonably make is that no one supports forced abortio. more »»

Bill Clinton and the company he keeps

January 13, 2015 It is from an Aesop fable we get the phrase, “A man is known by the company he keeps. more »»

Paris attack puts West in bad spot

January 12, 2015 The vigils in Paris are moving. The hashtag plumes of #JeSuisCharlie (“I am Charlie”) are endearing. more »»

Common Core: Republican minefield

January 12, 2015 Nine months from now, Republican candidates for president will meet on the stage of the Reagan Presidential Library (with the old Air Force One providing great visuals) for the first debate of the... more »»

My 2015 food resolution

January 10, 2015 For the last week, I have watched my Facebook feed blow up with people's New Year’s resolutions. I found myself laughing — this was more like a list of things I would NOT be doing in 201. more »»

Be someone who matters, to someone who matters

January 10, 2015 What if every child was sent on the right path in life? What if every child stayed in school? Attained education or training beyond high school? Gave back to their communities? What if every child... more »»

Send agitators back to the soapbox

January 9, 2015 Recent events from Ferguson, Mo., to Staten Island, N.Y. more »»

Tortured reasoning

January 8, 2015 Some time ago, burglars in England scrawled a message on the wall of a home they had looted: “RICH BASTARD. more »»

Tips for winter safety

January 8, 2015 Winter in the Copper Country provides us with weather that is constantly changing from snow to sleet to ice. more »»

Peiffer’s Corner

January 8, 2015 HANCOCK — When he’s not in Washington, D.C. more »»

Rainbow of protests follow grand jury decisions

January 7, 2015 They have not stopped. more »»

In 2014, the joke’s on us

January 6, 2015 A writer seeking profound pronouncements for a year-end column is likely instead to find herself awash in punch lines. Life isn’t a comedy. It’s a joke. more »»



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