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Trump was right — the election was all about him

At rally in Wisconsin the day before the election, President Trump was talking about the choice between him and Joe Biden. He started to say, “This isn’t about ...” and then stopped himself and said, “Yeah, it is about me.” He was right. The election was about him. ...(O)ne result ...

Biden apparently defeats Trump but verdict mixed in Congress

WASHINGTON — Democrats are ecstatic at Joe Biden’s (apparent) capture of the presidency, but their failure to win control of the Senate and their loss of House seats augurs a continuation of the deep political divide in the country in the wake of cultural and racial turmoil, no matter who ...

Does this election cycle tell us anything about men?

As I write, the outcome of the 2020 presidential race remains in doubt, though it seems very likely that Joe Biden will squeeze out a victory. This is a stunning departure from the resounding repudiation of Donald Trump that we had been hoping for. Here are a few groggy, morning after ...

Some things just can’t wait

Some things can wait, but not cancer screening and treatment. The past seven months have knocked nearly every routine in our world off balance or out of synch. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed many parts of our lives on hold. Others hit pause, then resumed, but not at normal pace. But there ...

Agencies should not lax rules

The numbers won’t be added to Wisconsin’s death toll from the COVID-19 virus, but they probably should be. They may be only a handful, but they will be real — and they’ll be due to the state’s easing of requirements for young people to hunt and to drive. The Department of Natural ...

Taking note: Curling up with a good book

EDITOR’S NOTE: This column was originally published in the Feb. 8 edition of The Mining Journal. Someone from a much warmer locale recently asked me what people here do to get through the winter. I told them about the wealth of winter recreation opportunities, such as fat tire biking, ...

8-18 Media: Students face challenges amid pandemic

This year has been a challenge for everyone, but something that has been especially challenging for many students is online schooling. Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, school districts worldwide are working to keep students and staff safe while providing quality education. Specific ...

Pollsters got it wrong – again

The pollsters got it wrong again. Some claimed going into Tuesday’s election that Joe Biden had an unbeatable margin of 17 points in some states. Pundits claimed Republicans would lose between five and 15 seats in the House. It appears they’ve pickedup a few. And because final results will ...

Guest columnist

On a Saturday morning, during the month October, more than 80 cars are lined at the streets adjacent to a medical office building in Culver City, California. It is noted that the lines are moving slowly. Some cars have additional passengers whereas some are occupied by driver only. Residents ...

Looking for a little compassion, please

There is no place quieter or more forlorn than the losing candidate’s headquarters the morning after election night. If the phone rings, it’s a good bet that it is either one more unpaid creditor looking for payment or a wrong number. Gone are yesterday’s hopes for the upset win to ...

Biden off base in energy policy, proposals

Joe Biden wants to take one of the great American success stories of the past several decades and drive it into the ground. He would turn his back on the stupendous wealth represented by proven reserves of oil and gas in this country. Rather than focusing on producing cheap, abundant energy ...

Many unasked questions on ‘60 Minutes’

The “60 Minutes” interviews of the presidential and vice-presidential candidates last Sunday were more revealing for questions not asked and for sidestepping than for what inquiring minds really want to know prior to Election Day. First, there was the presumption that government has all ...

Trump rants against a cool Biden down stretch

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump and Joe Biden, both back on the campaign trail in this final week of the presidential race, are showing distinctly different faces to voters. The president is desperate and angry. His Democratic challenger is firm and confident, as the race remains all about Trump ...

Taking note: Sharing joy

It’s a strange sight: a collection of crisp autumn leaves covering a blanket of snow, with just a few spots of bright green grass exposed. Everything is quiet, except a few drops of water dripping gently from a steadily shrinking icicle. But then, a breeze picks up. Compared to the cutting, ...

Is getting Trump worth it?

President Donald Trump is not the first president to be hated by a large segment of the American population. In more recent times, there was considerable hate for President Ronald Reagan. Even though the Democratic Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill and Reagan were polar opposites in their ...

Oil and America’s energy future

During last Thursday’s debate, Joe Biden said his goal as president would be to “transition away from the oil industry.” He has also said the future is in cars powered by electricity. Biden would build 500,000 charging stations across the country. It wasn’t the first time he attacked ...

Patriotism is on full display

Mick Mulvaney was a four-term Republican congressman from South Carolina with a reputation as a hawk on government spending in 2017 when President Donald Trump chose him to be director of the Office of Budget and Management, the nation’s top fiscal officer. Mulvaney held that position until ...

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 ...

Dear Annie: Affairs of the heart

Dear Annie: My husband had an emotional affair with his boss. He texted her, called her and tried to go out with her. She did not reciprocate and, as far as I know, kept it strictly business. He told her his feelings, but she told him she was not interested. He quit his job after that but ...

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” ...