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ARIES (March 21-April 19). If we think it happens a certain way and it happens another way instead, that matters little today. What matters is what works, even if it doesn’t make sense at all. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your giving nature is obvious, but what’s not so obvious is that the ...

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’re good at processing what is offered to you. You do it based on priorities you’ve established before. Don’t be in automatic mode. Something needs attention. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The others came in at a different time, an earlier time, and they have ...

Discipline disparities

President Barack Obama’s first education secretary, Arne Duncan, gave a speech on the 45th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where, in 1965, state troopers beat and tear-gassed hundreds of peaceful civil rights marchers who were demanding voting ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: My niece, “Becky,” is getting married soon, and according to my brother “John,” I can’t attend the wedding because I have a beard. Personally, I think I look like Hemingway. I’m a food writer and photo journalist. My barber says, “Don’t shave. You look good with ...

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). Your mind can either be your ally or your enemy. Choosing helpful thoughts is the habit to cultivate. Don’t expect such thoughts to be natural. Write them out. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There’s no free passes for what you want to experience. You’re glad. Hard ...

Flake will be missed

Not for the first time, the criticism reads: “Why don’t you admit it, Shields? You reflexively like politicians.” It’s true. I do like most people who dare to run for political office. For me and most people I know, our lives are a succession of unpublicized setbacks and occasional ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: Recently, I’ve noticed that a “friend” on Facebook has been making very erratic posts, sometimes going on religious, political and metaphysical rants for hours on end. No one else is commenting on the posts or interacting with him. One person did ask, “Are you OK?” He ...

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). You do a bit of mental training. You’ll steer your thoughts in such a way that creates a peaceful state. It’ll be easy this time, and you’ll be able to build on this positive experience later when circumstances make it harder. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). People ...

‘Oppression’ gets overplayed

Watching this video upset me. Students and even faculty members won’t let Dave Rubin speak. They constantly interrupt, shouting “hate speech!” and “black lives matter!” Rubin was once a man of the left. He even was a co-host on The Young Turks network. But then he started a ...

Right to be angry

Brett Kavanaugh may have saved his Supreme Court confirmation with one of the most memorable statements in modern congressional history. After his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, delivered a compelling, sympathetic performance earlier in the day, Kavanaugh entered the Senate Judiciary ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I started dating this wonderful man. It was a perfect courtship, with the exception of some minor troubled-teen issues in his life, we both have teenagers, that he was working on but didn’t tell me much about. We dated happily with no issues whatsoever for three months. Then one ...

Republicans: Stand firm

A new report from Gallup should sober up those expecting a “blue wave” in the November elections. According to this recently released report, the percent of Americans saying they have a “favorable” view of Republicans now stands at 45 percent, up from 36 percent. Favorability for ...

Due process tossed aside

Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi wrote a Sept. 25 article on liberal-media bias headlined “Kavanaugh Supporters See a Conspiracy Afoot.” The Post painted this as a little crazy, like a UFO is involved. Can anyone imagine the idea of the Democrats and liberal reporters working hand ...

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). There’s a standard cost for one kind of work and another cost for work that includes anything customized. In fairness, you’ll either pay or be paid more today. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Dealing with people will be a forte of yours today and you’ll truly enjoy ...

Collaborating for vitality

OWATONNA A couple of years ago we went through a rebranding exercise at Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation and settled on the tagline, “Collaborating for regional vitality,” as a simple way to represent our work. This phrase gets to the heart of everything we do, whether in early ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I have no one to go to on this. I feel so guilty for even saying this, but I hate my mom. Both of my parents are alcoholics. Every time they drink, they don’t know how to act, especially my mom. She is the worst type of drunk a person could be; she urinates on herself, and she ...

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). Curiosity is a genuine part of friendliness that can get forgotten, especially amongst people who are overly concerned with fitting in or outdoing each other. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You might have the sneaking suspicion that the tasks of the day don’t mean much ...

No rock bottom in today’s politics

When John Keats said that autumn is the season of “mists and mellow fruitfulness,” he did not anticipate this American autumn. It resembles the gorier Shakespearean plays in which swords are brandished, people are poisoned and stabbed, almost everyone behaves badly and those who do not are ...

Courts saving rights

Students wrongly accused of sexual misconduct by campus disciplinary systems stacked in favor of the accuser are winning vindication in court. Judges are tossing out the life-ruining punishments meted out by these “guilty until proven innocent” campus tribunals. This month, Judge Amul ...

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). When the task is hard, anything can be a distraction. Apply the power of writing to stay on track. Instead of acting on every whim, jot your impulses onto a note. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). While everyone loves a happy ending, the same happy endings won’t work for ...