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Better debate performance doesn’t help Trump

WASHINGTON — A less bombastic Donald Trump showed up against Democratic nominee Joe Biden in their final debate in Nashville, but the president’s relatively good behavior still left him the clear underdog in the election only 10 days away. Trump did not match the fiery assault on Biden of ...

Debate topics and American priorities revealed

The supposedly nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates has selected the following topics for Thursday night’s final encounter between President Trump and Joe Biden: “Fighting COVID-19,” “American Families,” “Race in America,” “Climate Change,” “National Security” ...

8-18 Media: Looking back on adventures in Washington, D.C.: Part three

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part three of a three-part series. Part one ran on page 16A in the Oct. 10-11 weekend edition of The Mining Journal, while part two ran on page 16A of the Oct. 17-18 edition. The next day was the last day of the leadership camp I attended in Maryland (to read ...

Taking note: Shifting seasons

A golden ray of the late afternoon sun was striking a tree with bright orange leaves at just the right angle. The leaves seemed to practically be ablaze. The illumination of the tree almost seemed to come from within. It was a dazzling, warmly lit sight, providing a glorious contrast to the ...

Dear Annie: Time to chime up about neighbor

Dear Annie: My neighbor put up wind chimes a few months ago. They are three-foot-long pipes that make a terrible clanging noise with every sweet little breeze. I find this irritating, rude and unacceptable. I feel like it is the same concept as playing music outside all day long, which of ...

Car Talk: Saving pennies isn’t worth risking the safety of you and yours

Dear Car Talk: My wife thinks I should use the turn signals on my 2018 Ford Explorer Platinum every time I come to an intersection, even if there is no one else at the intersection. I say that if there’s no one else there, I shouldn’t use them, because there are only so many blinks in ...

Dear Abby: New mother is on her own when it comes to child care

DEAR ABBY: My stepdaughter is married to a very selfish man. They have a newborn baby, and he refuses to help her with the baby. He claims that because he works, he isn’t obligated. She cares for the baby 24/7 and does all the housework, cooking, etc. If she asks him to feed the baby in ...

Some countries beat back virus but not ours

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern forced a shutdown so strict that no one was allowed to go fishing or golfing, easy pursuits for social distancing. But her super-tough “go hard, go early” policy has virtually stamped out the coronavirus in this country of 5 million. Not only can ...

Can Joe Biden be trusted?

It was President Richard Nixon who said in the midst of the enveloping Watergate scandal: “People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook. I earned everything I’ve got.” That standard should be applied to Joe Biden before the election. He ...

Court packing is no hypothetical

On Monday, Joe Biden finally broke his monthslong silence on court packing. Previously, he refused to take a stand — “whatever position I take in that, that’ll become the issue,” he said in the Sept. 29 debate, said voters didn’t “deserve to know” his position or would know it ...

Has 2020 been worst peacetime in US history?

WASHINGTON — An American president who has no experience in governing and does so by the seat of his pants is seeking reelection, and facing likely defeat for failing to cope with a deadly pandemic. Shortly before the voting, he was stricken by that virus but has survived, describing his ...

Campaign 2020 has huge unmentioned issue – debt

“Debt is the worst poverty.” — Thomas Fuller, 17th-century English churchman and historian No reporter asks about it. The candidates don’t talk about it. Are voters even concerned about it? The unmentioned “it” is the national debt, which days ago reached $27 trillion and ...

Whitmer, Legislature must work together during pandemic

Now that the Michigan Supreme Court has ruled the state’s 1945 emergency powers law unconstitutional, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer must do what she should have been doing throughout the COVID-19 crisis — work with the Legislature to devise a plan for protecting Michigan residents from the ...

With precautions, Halloween can still be fun for everyone

The number-one question on children’s minds right now is what trick-or-treating is going to look like in a few weeks. Talking with my granddaughters last weekend, they shared their plans for the big night, including what they were dressing up like this year. While they were plotting and ...

Dear Abby: Late-night smoking clouds neighbors’ sweet dreams

DEAR ABBY: My family and I bought a house in a nice, quiet, safe neighborhood three years ago. What we didn’t know prior to moving in was that our next-door neighbor sometimes smokes cigarettes. It rains eight months out of the year here, and we usually keep our windows closed, so it ...

Car Talk: Carburetor concerns are a thing of the past

Dear Car Talk: I have a 2018 Toyota RAV4. My car has 10,000 miles on it, and for the last 10 months, most of my driving is under 45 mph and in residential neighborhoods. Do I need to take it out on the highway once a week to clean out the carburetor? Or does the computer take care of that? ...

Dear Annie: Mom let down by circumstances of son’s wedding

Dear Annie: My son and his fiancee are getting married next month at the courthouse in the city where they live. Due to their feelings about COVID-19 and the travel involved (they live in another state), family is not invited and they will only have their two attendants. They plan on having ...

8-18 Media: Looking back on adventures in Washington, D.C.: Part two

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part two of a three-part series. Part one ran on page 16A in the Oct. 10-11weekend edition of The Mining Journal, while part three will run in the Oct. 24-25 edition. The next day was the start of my leadership camp. It wasn’t a full day though, and it started at ...

Taking note: Simple signs

Countless roadside signs seemed to float by in the darkness as I drove along the highway. Some were lit up by their own power, while others relied on the headlights illuminating their reflective surface. Signs telling you the price of gas. Signs directing you to another county road, highway ...

Racial deception turns

During slavery, many black women, often in a forcible union with a white man, bore mixed-race children. Based on their percentage of white blood, they were deemed “mulattos,” “quadroons,” “octoroons” or even “hexadecaroons.” Depending on skin color, they could pass as white and ...