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Another day older and deeper in debt

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reports the American government will soon reach a debt levelequaling its entire gross domestic product. It will be the largest since 1945, the year World War II ended. The pandemic is partially responsible, but it is too easy an excuse to blame a ...

The left’s riot blame-shifting

Until a few days ago, Democrats were content to pretend the disorder in American cities didn’t exist. Now, worried that Joe Biden is on his back foot on the issue, they readily acknowledge the rioting — and blame it on President Donald Trump. One would think that, given the fusillade ...

Battery issues can be a drain

Dear Car Talk: I bought a 2002 Toyota Avalon XLS with around 120,000 miles on it for my soon-to-be 16-year-old daughter to drive. If I let it sit for a week or more without driving it, the battery will be so low that the starter just click, click, clicks, and I lose all the settings such as the ...

How long will swelling last post-blood clot

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 76-year-old man. Some time ago, I had a blood clot in my leg. They removed the blood clot and now the blood flow in my leg is back to normal, but my foot swells up every time I stand on it. But when I put my foot higher than my head, the swelling goes right down and I ...

An erosion of privacy

Today’s Sound Off is about loss of privacy: Dear Heloise: Everywhere you look today there is a camera watching us. Stores have them to catch shoplifters, intersections with traffic lights have them perched high enough to see who isn’t obeying the law and every airport has them, just to ...

Listening goes a long way for a friend in need

Q: How can I best reach out to someone who has lost a family member to suicide? My good friend’s son recently took his own life, and I’m at a loss as to what I should do or say to her. Jim: First, recognize that in addition to her grief, your friend is probably working her way through a ...

Trump hopes law and order bluster will be his salvation

WASHINGTON — As street violence erupts over racial injustice in cities like Portland, Ore., and Kenosha, Wis., President Donald Trump is seizing on the theme of law and order to cast Democratic nominee Joe Biden as a “puppet” of left-wing radicals, warning of the “anarchy” that would ...

Taking note: Downpour detour

It started with just a few tiny drops. It was the type of rain that falls so sparsely and gently that it makes you wonder if you might just be imagining it. But then, the drops began to fall faster, just enough to confirm that it was actually raining. I figured it would just be a sprinkle. ...

The real America is not on fire. It’s sick.

The Kenosha, Wisconsin, police department immediately took the officer who shot Jacob Blake seven times off the streets, as city, state and federal officials investigate what happened. They also made a speedy arrest of the 17-year-old who is charged with shooting two demonstrators ...

8-18 Media: Reflecting on camp memories from last summer

I went to Camp Batawagama in the middle of July 2019. I went to camp with my friend Amelia. Camp Batawagama is like an hour and 30 minutes away, in Iron County. It is a boy and girl camp. When I first got there, we signed in and then went to figure out what cabin I was in. There were two girl ...

Diversity, equity and inclusion nonsense

Check out any professional and most college basketball teams. Their starting five, and most of their other 10 players, are black, as is 80% of the NBA. This does not come anywhere close to the diversity and inclusion sought by the nation’s social justice warriors. Both professional and ...

A tale of two conventions

The two political conventions are finally over. To paraphrase Charles Dickens, one convention promoted the best of times, the other the worst of times. If you are a Democrat, or a virulent anti-Trumper (not necessarily the same), you saw their virtual convention paint a picture of America ...

Trump GOP isn’t that all that different

Donald Trump took over the Republican Party, but it’s still discernibly the Republican Party. The Republican National Convention was obviously very Trumpy. At least one member of the family had a slot every night, and it featured theatrical touches worthy of reality TV. There also are ...

Demanding to be No. 1

Dear Annie: I had been living with a widowed man for over a year. After COVID-19 hit, his grown son and his son’s then-girlfriend started coming over every weekend. I am talking about arriving on Friday and staying until Sunday. They have an hour-and-a-half drive home, and they leave so he ...

Trump’s reelection message is bankrupt of sincerity

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s Republican nomination acceptance speech Thursday night on the South Lawn of the White House was a revealing confession of his political weakness as he heads into the remaining 10 weeks of the 2020 campaign. The president made only brief references to the ...

Why this pro-life conservative has decided to vote for Biden

Since I announced publicly that I will be voting for Joe Biden in November, I’ve received a few communications from puzzled readers. “How can you, a supposedly pro-life woman, support someone who believes in killing babies?” I will try to respond for the sake of those who, like me, find ...

Taking note: Change in the air

A leaf gently floated down from the old oak tree in my backyard, just as I was thinking of the fast-approaching autumn. As I looked around the yard, I noticed this fallen leaf was hardly alone. A collection of crisp leaves dotted the grass throughout the yard. They seem to be a testament ...

Stock market actually did better under Obama

Trump supporters have been sending me short messages asking, “How is your 401(k) doing?” They are making three assumptions. 1. That the stocks in my retirement account are doing well. 2. That I’m happy about it. 3. And that I have President Donald Trump to thank for my good ...

Institutional racism seen on campuses

Institutional racism and systemic racism are terms bandied about these days without much clarity. Being 84 years of age, I have seen and lived through what might be called institutional racism or systemic racism. Both operate under the assumption that one race is superior to another. It ...

Clear choice: Optimism versus pessimism

If you watched last week’s virtual Democratic convention, you heard about an America with which you might not be familiar. Speaker after speaker portrayed America as a failing nation full of misery, poverty and angst that only they can make better. On his radio program last week, Rush ...