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Girls just wanna have fun …. and Dance

MARQUETTE-There is an old adage that says, "Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals," which is exactly what the dancers at Superior Dance Academy try to convey through their performances.As the dancers prepare for their winter production of "Sleeping Beauty," set to open Feb. 7 ...

Things I wish all in a neat list

I wish I spoke louder. I wish I was less shy. I wish I made movies. I wish I could fly. I wish I could do this without being repetitive. But you know I can't do that, you can see my incentive.To keep going and writing it's all you've ever heard, but perhaps there's still one last story, that ...

Kids should get independence

When I started second grade at St. Mary's Elementary School in Albuquerque, my parents decided it was time I learned how to walk to school.The trek from my grandparents' house, where we lived in a small two-room adobe casita at the rear of the property, to the school a mile away took about a ...

National epidemic of self -esteem happening

A half-century ago, Russell Baker, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, disclosed to his readers the existence of the mysterious kingmaker he called "The Great Mentioner," who alone had the power to determine the handful of ambitious politicians who were ever lucky enough ...

Europe has big immigration problem

The New York Times ran a front-page article after the Charlie Hebdo massacre on Europe's "dangerous moment." As terrorists rampaged through Paris, ultimately killing 17, what was the cause of this particular alarm? That anti-immigration parties in Europe might gain.The Times article captured ...

They are rioters by any other name

Various members of my family have roots at Ohio State University, from college degrees to employment, so my husband and I were plenty happy to watch the Buckeyes defeat the Oregon Ducks for the national championship.O-H-I-O. Yes, we're those people. I state this upfront because I don't want ...

Hyping Obama’s epic Paris fail

WASHINGTON - 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.The White House has admitted the error.This more or less sums up the news of the ...

Scrubbing the air of smog is job one

I can only imagine the fear that must grip a parent when his or her child suffers an asthma attack.And I can scarcely fathom how much time and energy they spend doing everything they can to avoid triggers for these potentially deadly attacks.A major asthma trigger is smog - also known as ...

Is Paris burning? Maybe

The late Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times, Paul Conrad, frequently used religious symbols to illustrate his point of view.Conrad drew the ire of some readers whenever he used the Star of David or a cross in his drawings. Letters to the editor denounced him, ...

Corporate coup in college football seen

Growing up in Texas, I learned that God and guns were important, but football - well, football was the real religion.So I can understand the hyperbolic exuberance of a radio hypester in Montgomery, Alabama, who declared that the December 20 Camellia Bowl was "going to be the biggest event ...

‘Basic Economics’ a must read

"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 phenomena." That quotation, from Nobel laureate George J. Stigler, is how Dr. Thomas Sowell ...

Get wild without abandoning common sense

Minutes to midnight on New Year's Eve, I sat around a fire with friends, discussing plans for 2015. I told them mine: to hike over 200 miles on the John Muir Trail through the High Sierras, by myself.They told me that I'm nuts."I might do it if I brought my gun," one of them retorted while ...

Playtime over for Obamacare foes

Friends of Obamacare, horrified that the Supreme Court has taken a case that could blow up the federal health insurance exchanges, should recalibrate their dread. While the health reforms were safely humming along, there was little political price for demanding their demise. Thanks to the ...

Media cowards and cartoon jihad

I have never laughed so bitterly as I did while reading Thursday's lead editorial by the great pretender-defenders of free speech at The New York Times.Paying obligatory lip service to the 10 cartoonists and staffers of the Paris satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo who were slaughtered for offending ...

Terror strikes at free speech’s heart

This terrible thing happened. Three hooded men armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles seized a magazine newsroom in Paris and murdered many of the journalists meeting there.At least 12 people are dead; at least 11 others are injured. A detail I can't shake: One of the gunmen reportedly began the ...

Al Sharpton on magical mystery tour

During the Christmas season, the national media hoped to once again dip the entire Republican Party in the mire of David Duke and other racists, to spread that taint across the political landscape. Republicans fought back with Obama's long association with his racist Reverend Jeremiah Wright, ...

Sharpton often does little good

WASHINGTON - Recent events from Ferguson, Missouri, to Staten Island, New York, might prompt an observer to infer that American cops are racist and that a bigoted white populace tolerates unnecessary lethal force against minorities.One might also conclude that America has a hearty appetite for ...

When Obamacare came to Harvard

Obamacare has come to Harvard and the faculty is in a state of shock and dismay.In what has to be considered an early contender for the most hilarious and enjoyable news story of the year, The New York Times recounts the tumult over Obamacare in Cambridge."For years," the Times writes, ...

Torture doesn’t save lives, it costs them

Thanks to the Senate's report on CIA torture, Americans should now realize that there was nothing "enhanced" about the Bush administration's so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques."These tactics were more than just cruel and degrading - they were also harmful. Far from providing ...

Cuomo record vs. rhetoric

How precious in the sight of progressives was one of their saints, Mario Cuomo, the three-term governor of New York who died last week at age 82. He was a model of progressivism and a gifted rhetorician.In most media accounts, references were made to two speeches Cuomo delivered in 1984, one at ...