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Americans Are Beating Back Death One Discovery at a Time ... Premature deaths from diseases like lung cancer, diabetes, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma have declined over the last quarter century. The reason? (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
My Biggest Disappointment in Politics ... The other day, a friend asked what surprised me most about politics. This may seem strange, but I'd never really thought about the question. (See Page 10, December 13, 2018 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Good Government ... There's an old adage that if something is "stupid but works, it's not stupid." There is, of course, a corollary, that if something is brilliant but doesn't work, it's not brilliant. (See Page 10, December 13, 2018 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
China Trade ... President Trump and Emperor Xi appear to arrived at an understanding: tariffs on Chinese goods will go no higher, and China agrees to purchase "substantial" amounts of grains, energy (presumably oil), industrial and other items from the US. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Conversation imageBush Decency and America’s Christmas List ... Christmas is coming and wish lists vary. Here are ideas from which most can benefit. Medical care for all Americans. (See Page 12, December 6, 2018 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
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An Immigration Policy All Lawmakers Agree On ... Is there any way to break the policy logjam on immigration? Most Republicans favor tougher border security measures, while Democrats tend to support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. (See Page 12, December 6, 2018 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
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Enjoy Christmas Before It’s Over ... Christmas is coming fast but try to slow down. Before you know it Christmas will be over. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
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For the Next Congress ... The 116th Congress will sit on January 3rd 2019. Maybe we should consider what the new Congress needs to address. (See Page 12, November 29, 2018 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
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The Senate Needs to Put People Before Pipelines ... One of the most important federal agencies on everything from climate to power use to property rights is one few Americans have heard of. (See Page 12, November 29, 2018 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Congress: Pass a New Farm Bill Before 2018 Ends ... Congress has only a few days left in 2018 to pass legislation. Adopting a strong, new farm bill should be at the top of their list. (See Page 12, November 29, 2018 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Truth and Politics ... A poll taken after the mid-term elections reveals that some 50% of Democrats label Republicans as evil, and 44% of Republicans use the same label for Democrats. 54% of Democrats view Republicans as ignorant, 49% of Republicans reciprocate. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Support Small Business Saturday ... Small business fuels Virginia's economy. It accounts for 99.5 percent of all employers in the commonwealth and employs 47 percent of Virginia's private sector workforce, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. (See Page 10, November 21, 2018 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Prisoners Are Getting $1.45 a Day to Fight Wildfires in California ... As firefighters in California battle the deadliest wildfires in the state's history, they are joined by unlikely allies against the blaze. About 200 prisoners in California's Conservation Camp program are fighting the fires alongside civilian employees. (See Page 10, November 21, 2018 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Midterm Takeaway: We Need A Lot More Democracy ... I can’t be the only one who spent the night of the midterms tossing and turning. Though I managed to shut off the coverage and try to sleep, spasms of anxiety woke me repeatedly throughout the dreary hours. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Rural Residents Grapple With Shifting Long-Term Care System ... Across the nation, Americans are making tough decisions about long-term health care for themselves and their loved ones. (See Page 8, November 15, 2018 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Employees Who Have Babies Are Still Getting the Axe ... Forty years ago, working women in the United States won the legal protection to become working mothers. On Oct. 31, 1978, Congress enacted the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. (See Page 8, November 15, 2018 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Now That the Election is Over ... You got people registered, you knocked on doors, you got out bumper stickers and put up signs. You gave it your all, and now you can take a well-deserved time-out. (See Page 8, November 15, 2018 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Theater Nuclear Forces ... Two weeks ago President Trump announced the US will withdraw from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Force Treaty - pursuant to Article XV, para 2 of the treaty. While the media paid little attention, this is a significant and important action. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
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