• The view from the bottom of a fiscal abyss

    Forty-one dollars in tax increases for every one dollar in spending cuts. That’s the shrewd deal Speaker of the House John Boehner negotiated with President Barack Obama. Obama, Boehner and other congressional leaders have known for a year and a half that these automatic tax …

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  • Uncle Hickory’s New Year’s resolution

    Uncle Hickory made a New Year’s resolution. He swore he would quit drinking. He had been driving while he was drunk and had one of the biggest scares of his life. He claimed the angel of death had come for him. He was trembling as …

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  • New year, new beginning

    The New Year is a time of resolutions. It’s a time when people commit to making a change in their life. Losing weight, changing jobs, saving money, making money, a new relationship, getting in shape, going back to school, or giving up smoking, are just …

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  • More immigration equals fewer American jobs

    The Los Angeles Times, California’s most widely read daily newspaper rarely publishes stories critical of immigration or the resultant population growth that drives the state’s overcrowding. The Times immigration-avoidance guidelines aren’t written in its manual. But evidence that the Times won’t deal with immigration’s negatives, …

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  • Ode 2 2012

    And so we bid a not-so-fond farewell to the bow of another large unwieldy year as it sinks slowly over the horizon wobbling unsteadily towards the graveyard of memory. And cheers erupt from we folks on shore waving the double-handed “L for loser” sign above …

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  • Hurricane Sandy Pork

    Many news outlets are reporting that President Obama’s proposed $60.4 billion federal aid bill for Hurricane Sandy victims is packed with pork. I contacted my White House insider, Deep Mole, to get some answers. Purcell: Isn’t this another example of reckless politicians exploiting an emergency …

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  • America the Mostly Beautiful

    Note: In the fall of 2010, as part of a book project, ex-newspaperman Bill Steigerwald retraced the route John Steinbeck took in 1960 and turned into his classic “Travels With Charley.” Steigerwald drove 11,276 miles in 43 days from Long Island to the top of …

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  • First postmaster at Evening Shade

    As stated in this 1991 drawing, one of the legends surrounding the naming of Evening Shade involved Native Americans, who reportedly carried their corn from Norfork to Thompson’s Mill for grinding. While it may be true that Indians visited Capt. William Thompson’s mill, apparently they …

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  • It’s time for some language resolutions

    Here’s hoping there’s no new black in 2013. Gray worked as the new black for a while. And, sure, November’s big Latino vote meant brown was the new black, but, really, making anything else the new black in the New Year would be, you know, …

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  • Celebrity resolutions

    Paris Hilton: I’m going to do much more for others in 2013. To begin, I’ll help feed the hungry by planting a lot more crops in FarmVille. Justin Bieber:  I intend to keep a lower public profile in the New Year. At least, after my …

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  • The Best, Worst and Most of 2012

    Here’s my annual list looking at 2012:   Worst Political Primary Performance of the Year  Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s run for president. It wasn’t just his lackluster performance, forgetting his own program during a debate, or that video suggesting he had either an attack of …

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  • School condom dispensers: Do they pass the test?

    According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, over the holiday break the one-third of Philly high schools with the worst record for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) were outfitted with clear plastic dispensers full of free condoms. This pilot program is touted as a pragmatic response to an …

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