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A deluded consensus on discrimination

Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling made it clear that bigotry still flourishes.A wide majority of U.S. voters say black Americans who can’t get ahead should blame themselves for their troubles instead of racial discrimination.That’s one of the more startling findings from a recent Pew Research Center effort to bunch voters into categories of likeminded people. The study came out a few days before the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, a landmark law that...

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How to deal with the chickens

The verse of the day is Psalm 103:11-12. “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.A number of years ago we raised our first flock of chickens. One morning, after having invested months raising these feathered friends, I went to the barn and met a disastrous sight. During the night a coyote or some other wild animal had bypassed our attempt...

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Walgreen writes its own sick prescription

The nation’s biggest drugstore chain may pretend it’s a Swiss company to cut its tax bill.How would you react if one of your neighbors announced that while he obviously benefits from having clean water, highways, Medicare, police protection, parks, schools, and other public services, he was no longer going to pay his share of the taxes that make them available?And what if this neighbor also said he was renouncing his U.S. citizenship to become a citizen of Sw...

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A fracking boondoggle

The public would pay a heavy price for a $4 billion gas export terminal in Maryland at Cove Point.A few years ago, Tammy Manning and her family moved to Franklin Forks, Pennsylvania, 10 miles from the New York state border. Unbeknownst to her, energy companies had started ramping up natural gas drilling operations near her home. When WPX Energy opened up two fracking wells near her property, Tammy noticed that something was very wrong in her household.

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Safeguarding free speech in the digital age

Representative Spencer Bachus stands out among conservatives.Representing Alabama’s 6th district, he’s built his political reputation as a supporter of fiscal responsibility, limited government and constitutional rights — with special attention to the First and Fourth Amendments.It shouldn’t have come as a surprise to hear this southern Republican speak in favor of net neutrality, the principle that preserves free speech on the Web. “There s...

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Risky business in Ukraine

Is this really a resumption of the Cold War?Thanks to Iraq’s latest woes, it’s getting pretty hard to pay attention to all that unrest in the former Soviet Union.Remember those poor Ukrainians? All they want is to be independent and left alone. Or at least that’s what they claim.In truth, many also want natural gas from Russia, but simultaneously desire access to Europe’s energetic economy and open borders. Conversely, some prefer close...

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Keeping up with the transit turnaround

Political gridlock over the Highway Trust Fund is blocking the road toward more public transportation options.Residents of Lawrence, Massachusetts — a city of more than 77,000 people 30 miles north of Boston — can finally do something that many people take for granted: ride a bus downtown.As the Eagle-Tribune in the nearby town of North Andover reported, before July 1 you could take a bus from Lawrence “to just about anywhere in the Merrimack Valley. Bu...

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Letter to the editor

Route 35 concernsEditor:Anyone who drives on US Route 35 will hope that the Beavercreek City Council will see through the misuse of facts presented by Mr. Doyle on June 23.A truck corridor through Beavercreek? I don’t understand. The trucks already use the road, keeping them moving instead of requiring them to stop will help traffic flow, not add to accident rates.Doyle is confusing facts when he disputes ODOT...

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My ‘Honey Do’ list for our nation

My “Honey Do” list for our nation is typical – things that need to be fixed. Most of the fixing involves correcting things done in Washington that were illegal, immoral or unconstitutional, with an occasional mistake thrown in. The list is long — too long to list in just one printing because the supporting material to show the actions are illegal, immoral and/or unconstitutional is lengthy. But we can start.

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Ignorance: A leading cause of illness in America

Ahead of heart disease and cancer, could ignorance be one of the leading causes of serious illness in the United States? It seems as though, regardless of the facts related to disease prevention, there are literally millions of people who simply choose to take no notice.First, a definition of the word, “ignorance” as it is used here, so as not to intentionally offend anyone. Ignorance refers mainly to a lack of understanding, education or information. Most of the time, ...

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Exercising extreme nutrition

Unless you’re in danger of overdosing on exercise, don’t eat like it.To most people, “bonking” implies an R-rated activity. To marathon runners, cyclists, and other endurance athletes, it’s something else entirely.In sports jargon, someone who “bonks” suffers severe fatigue after running out of their stored energy. People who experience the condition, also known as “hitting the wall,” describe it as having “your...

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Refocus our military

I suppose this is Part 2 of my recent column on our military involvement around the globe. As I hear more and more about security on our borders, and children coming across that border by the thousands, the gears in my mind start turning.Add to that the fact that we are losing brave Americans to injury and death fighting in nations where they have no “rules of engagement” and in reality, depending on which way the wind is blowing, don’t even want us there, and you...

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There may be hope yet

It seems to me that every once in a while several events occur at about the same time that kinda fit together resulting in a outcome larger than any of the individual pieces. That’s what I figured happened of late.A “Pulpit Talk” column by Pastor “Pete” Creamer, a guy I’ve known for a number of years, appeared recently in this newspaper. He recounted how he ended a pre-game prayer at a church softball league game with “… one of those ...

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American flags should be American-made

American Flags Should be American-MadeAs we celebrated Independence Day last week, Americans took time to honor and celebrate our great nation. One way we can continue to express our patriotism is to support American workers and businesses.That’s why I introduced the All-American Flag Act, which requires American flags bought by the federal government to be produced entirely with American-made materials. Right now, the federal government is required to purchase fla...

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The skills to succeed

There’s a skills gap in our country that is preventing unemployed Americans from filling available jobs. Legislation I authored is going to help close that gap.We need it, now more than ever. The policies coming out of Washington aren’t getting the job done for those Americans who are unemployed or underemployed. Too many Americans are still struggling through a weak economy and a frustratingly slow recovery. While the unemployment rate has dropped, much of the decline ...

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