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Iowa leading the way

Lawmakers and bureaucrats in official Washington often act as if their decisions lead the nation forward. News from Iowa this week, however, shows once again that the culture leads and politicians lag behind. Kim Reynolds became Iowa’s Governor last May when her predecessor (Terry Branstad) ...

The GOP and patriotism

The election night words of the long-shot Republican candidate after his upset victory remain with me to this day: “I learned long ago that serving only oneself is a petty and unsatisfying ambition. But serve a cause greater than self-interest and you will know a happiness far more sublime ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I am hoping that you can help me solve this problem. My son recently divorced the mother of his two children. My former daughter-in-law has decided to unfriend me on Facebook and talk negatively about me to others. I would like to still be able to show my friends pictures of my ...

Getting taxed to death

Soda will cost you more in Philadelphia, Seattle, Boulder, Colorado, and a bunch of California cities because politicians in those places voted to tax it. The social engineers claim soda taxes will “reduce obesity,” “lower diabetes rates,” “reduce medical costs,” etc. But the ...

Don’t do it, Mr. President

The chief threat to Donald Trump at the moment isn’t that he’ll fire Robert Mueller, but that he’ll cooperate too readily. The president’s legal team has been roiled and his White House advisers divided by his determination to sit down for a deposition with Mueller’s team of ...

Daily Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). The finished product may not be anything even close to what you were hoping for, but the hoping is so much fun. Shouldn’t that count for something? TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The tourists are trying to discover all that a place has to offer in the limited time they ...

New marching orders

Since President Trump ousted Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, the question reverberating in Washington is whether Trump’s new pick, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, is capable of heading a department with 360,000 employees and 9 million vets under its care. Senate Democrats carp he lacks ...

Not a reflection of Reagan

For a while, a set of liberals has argued that Donald Trump isn’t an aberration from other Republican presidents. Now, some surprising conservatives, including friends and colleagues of mine, are starting to agree. The conservative arguments take several forms, but a key point shared by all ...

Genetics nixes case for quotas

“I am worried,” writes Harvard geneticist David Reich in The New York Times, “that well-meaning people who deny the possibility of substantial biological differences among human populations are digging themselves into an indefensible position, one that will not survive the onslaught of ...

Birds falling victim

You could call it the Nebraska bird eclipse. At the first dart of morning light, so many sandhill cranes take off from the banks along the Platte River they darken the sky. This primeval spectacle, part of a massive spring migration from South America to the northern reaches, draws viewers from ...

Daily Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Situations aren’t stressful in their own right. It’s our assessment and interpretation that drives up stress levels. Thought: There’s always another interpretation. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The bigger picture will not be served if you change the rules for ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: My 52-year-old stepdaughter is on drugs and has been for 20 years. Her mom has had her removed from our home four or five times, but she is now back living here. She’s causing greatstress to the whole family, and we do not know where to go for help. She refuses to go to any type ...

Getting larceny out of government

After two years of stonewalling about its theft of Gerardo Serrano’s 2014 Ford F-250 pickup truck, the government suddenly returned it. It sparkled from having been washed and detailed, bumper to bumper, and it had four new tires and a new battery. The government probably hoped that, ...

Dollars backing decency

Last week, Laura Ingraham, Fox News’ queen of snark, tweeted that David Hogg — a 17-year-old who survived the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, and has been among the eloquent advocates for gun control — “whines about” being rejected by four universities to which he applied. She ...

Daily Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Common knowledge, common sense, common courtesy and even common law aren’t common to everyone. This is a fine day to assume nothing and expect less. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You have many fine qualities. However, today it’s not so much about having a quality as ...

Dear Annie

Dear Readers: Recently, I printed a letter from “Sad and Frustrated Beyond Words,” who was at her wits’ end with her husband, who has hearing loss but refuses to get help. I told her that she’s right that her husband should get his hearing checked but added that until he’s open to ...

Timber titan appeals

When the country’s second-largest lumber producer tries to take the U.S. Justice Department to the Supreme Court over a forest fire that started under the distracted gaze of a watchtower forester — who at the time was reportedly peeing on his own bare feet — you can expect a few sparks to ...

Taking a look at disparities

I don’t mind saying that this column represents a grossly understated review of “Discrimination and Disparities,” just published by my longtime friend and colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell. In less than 200 pages, Sowell lays waste to myth after myth not only in the United States but around the ...

Daily Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Try on the motto, “Anything I can do, I can do better with friends,” and see how it fits. Today’s luck will be delivered as you reach out, especially with regards to a scenario you might usually try and handle on your own. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Everyone ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: This is an issue I imagine many people are having. Sometimes my family members post things I disagree with online. Many times, I’ve found myself typing up a comment, only to decide against clicking the “submit” button. I really don’t want to get into arguments with loved ...