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Dear Annie: My wife and I are both in our 80s, and though we don’t travel as much as we once did, we are still able to get around a bit. I am in fairly good physical condition, but my wife must use either a cane or a walker. The problem is this: When we stop at a hotel or motel for the ...

Principles of free speech

A frequent point I have made in past columns has been about the educational travesty happening on many college campuses. Some people have labeled my observations and concerns as trivial, unimportant and cherry-picking. While the spring semester awaits us, let’s ask ourselves whether we’d ...

Trump’s odds improve

President Trump is up 3 percent! I refer to the betting odds. Gamblers (mostly in Europe because political bets are legal there) now give the president a 53 percent chance of finishing his first term. That’s it — they barely think he’ll complete four years. This must seem wrong to ...

A campaign against MS-13

Donald Trump is given to lurid rhetoric, and in the MS-13 gang he has finally met a subject beyond his ability to exaggerate. He calls members of the largely Salvadoran gang “animals.” He charges them with “spreading gruesome bloodshed.” He says “they kidnap, they extort, they rape ...

Daily Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Doing things right takes twice the time as doing them wrong, except if you take into account all the time you’ll spend fixing and redoing. When you include that in the calculation, doing things wrong takes three times longer. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’re ...

Optimism about Trump

President Trump took office at the beginning of 2017 swimming in a sea of negativity. Some predicted that he wouldn’t make it through the year. Some predicted that he even if he did, he would fail to get any major legislation passed. Pew Research Center reported that 62 percent of the ...

Looks like Trump’s America

One of my favorite Christmastime presents is the Census Bureau’s release of its annual population estimates for all of the states. Comparison of the April 1, 2010, Census Bureau enumerations and the June 30, 2017, estimates for the states shows how each state fared in the Obama years, seeing ...

Freedom, not pot, matters

As many Californians reveled with unbridled joy over their new freedom to use marijuana for any reason, this writer felt the bit of mild disapproval tighten in her mouth. Make no mistake. She fully supports the legalization of pot, as well as the decriminalization of hard drugs. The war on ...

Davis-Bacon needs to go

Is there a difference between President Barack Obama’s “stimulus” and President Donald Trump’s “infrastructure investment”? Despite costing $800 billion, most economists do not believe Obama’s “stimulus” program did much stimulating. During the Great Depression, President ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: Over the past six months, a wonderful friendship has been developing with a potential friend who enjoys the cultural and outdoor activities that I do. We are both exchanging viewpoints, backgrounds, likes and dislikes freely. However, I have two problems: When I share my experience ...

America needs new amendment

Today’s political discord is less durable and dangerous than a consensus, one that unites the political class more than ideology divides it. The consensus is that, year in and year out, in good times and bad, Americans should be given substantially more government goods and services than they ...

Queen wins again

If karma is a b—, justice is a beauty queen. After recent revelations that the CEO of the Miss America Organization and its pageant scriptwriter were talking trash about past winners, the board fired them both and installed Gretchen Carlson, a former Miss America 1989 and Fox News anchor, as ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I have a somewhat uncomfortable question. Recently, I moved from California to Texas for my job, and I love it here. Though there are a lot of differences between the states, one has stood out to me more than any other: There are no paper toilet seat covers offered in public ...

Trump leaves promises behind

Almost one year in, it’s time for another update for Trump voters on his election promises: 1. He told you he’d cut your taxes, and that the super-rich like him would pay more. You bought it. But his new tax law does the opposite. By 2027, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, ...

Control creates danger

We are a nation of 325 million people. We have a bit of control over the behavior of our 535 elected representatives in Congress, the president and the vice president. But there are seven unelected people who have life-and-death control over our economy and hence our lives — the seven ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I have a friend who talks very loudly. It’s quite annoying and irritating. She’s so loud that it sounds as though she’s angry or upset. Friends and family members have asked me numerous times why she talks so loudly. I have asked her nicely a million times to lower her voice. ...

Daily Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). People may not immediately wrap their heads around what you’re doing if it’s something they’ve never seen before. Be willing to show them again. Space it out. Do this gently. This is the price of being a trailblazer. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It’s not an ...

Acknowledge obvious

The stock market is booming. Consumer confidence is soaring. The unemployment rate is falling. The economy is getting more robust every day. And President Donald Trump’s approval ratings have just hit a new low. Congratulations, Trump. You are the president of a loyal base whose members ...

Try a little tenderness in ’18

“Try a Little Tenderness” is a song written by Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly and Harry M. Woods. According to Wikipedia, it was first recorded on Dec. 8, 1932, by the Ray Noble Orchestra (with vocals by Val Rosing). Probably these names are as unfamiliar to us today as the demonstration of ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: My 36-year-old stepson, “Greg,” acts as if he’s married to my husband. It’s like a constant battle to outdo me. When my husband and I go on vacation, Greg whines to Daddy that he never takes him anywhere. On Wednesday, which is Greg’s day off, he will plan something for ...