• Finding opportunity in disappointment

    It is amazing how disappointments can take various forms in life. I think often our childhoods are filled with little disappointments such as not getting something we really wanted — that pony. Perhaps by not winning the spelling bee or the science fair after so …

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  • A more immediate threat

    On July 23, Syria — one of seven nations not to sign the Chemical Weapons Convention — admitted owning a stockpile of chemical and biological weapons. A foreign ministry spokesman warned that Damascus would use these weapons against any force intervening in its civil war. …

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  • Stop burning food during a drought

    It is always foolish for a country to order the burning of its food supply, but it takes a special kind of depravity to do it in the midst of a severe drought. Yet that is precisely what the misguided federal ethanol mandate is doing, …

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  • Mistaken beliefs about conflict

    Are you a conflict-avoider? Nobody likes conflict, but avoiding conflict usually winds up being even more painful than addressing it. If you work or live with a conflict-avoider, or you’re one yourself, you’ve probably experienced the cost of conflict avoidance. By avoiding any possible confrontation, …

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  • What you don’t know about Janna Ryan may surprise you

    While the nation is getting to know Paul Ryan better since his selection as Romney’s running mate, it’s time they become acquainted with his mate of 14 years, wife Janna Ryan. With a sunny personality, friends describe her as very sharp, down-to-earth and a good …

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  • Trickle-down economics: Pyramid scheme

    A few years ago, I had a friend who didn’t want anyone to know she was going to therapy. Instead, she would announce at her work she was leaving to attend her Amway meeting. At one point I had to inform her, “You know that …

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  • Are you ready for immortality?

    According to ABC News, “Business Insider” and other sources, phrases such as “Nobody lives forever” and “death and taxes” could become quaint relics in just a few decades. Russian billionaire Dmitry Itskov and 30 top Russian scientists have formed a collective called The 2045 Initiative, …

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  • Decisions, decisions

    Our guest today is John J. Smith of Carson City, Nevada, who is certified by the Gallup Organization as an “undecided voter.” Q: Mr. Smith, what does the “J” stand for? A: Joan. My parents weren’t sure if they wanted a boy or girl. Q: …

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  • Obama’s last, desperate attempt to save capitalism

    The Obama administration recently announced the creation of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) in Youngstown, Ohio — a “public-private” consortium of manufacturing firms, universities, community colleges and nonprofits from the Ohio-West Virginia-Pennsylvania Tech Belt coinvesting with the federal government. The seed money, $30 …

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  • On handwritten letters

    I received an unexpected postcard in the mail the other day from an old friend. It made my day. It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten a handwritten letter from a friend — it has to be 10 or 15 years. What’s worse, I …

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  • America’s greatness

    One of the worst things that could be said about any of us is that greatness passed before us, and we failed to recognize it. It happened to me yesterday when I found myself out of sorts because my best friend was en route to …

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  • You won’t hear this in Christie’s keynote speech

    Anyone interested in all things “Jersey” knows two things by now – Snookie managed to procreate and Chris Christie is set to give the keynote address during the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday (delayed a day because of Tropical Storm Isaac). I keep …

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