• EPA not taking mercury exposure into consideration

    Ninety-six. That’s the number of 60-watt incandescent light bulbs I purchased last weekend after learning the other kind, the compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) environmentalists just love, are hazardous to my health and to the environment. I would’ve preferred a higher wattage but discovered the 75-watt …

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  • Is it time to repeal presidential term limits?

    The experts are giving it little chance of passage, but H.J. Resolution 15 is stirring a lot of talk. U.S. Rep. José Serrano (D-NY) has (once again) introduced a resolution to repeal the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. If the resolution is approved by …

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  • Junk laws

    We have junk food, junk mail and junk bonds. Now, thanks to our dysfunctional and devious Congress, we have junk laws like the “Taxpayer Relief Act.” Junk laws are really nothing new. The people we send to Washington to represent us have been passing legislation …

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  • Hurricane relief: A flood of hypocrisy

    If you go to the website of Congressman Andy Harris of Maryland, you’ll see a whole page devoted to Hurricane Sandy recovery. You’ll see pictures of him touring flooded coastal towns. You’ll see the number to call if you lost your power. You’ll even see …

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  • Little Rock was medical hub for Civil War soldiers

    One hundred fifty years ago, Little Rock was the medical hub of the state. While sick and wounded soldiers found their way to the relative safety of the capitol city, more supplies became a necessity to benefit the rehabilitating wounded and sick troops. Little Rock …

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  • Gun ownership: Privacy vs. public’s right to know

    In the mid-1950s, I began my career in the newspaper business on the daily paper in my hometown in Pennsylvania and, as the new kid in the newsroom, my assignments often required unearthing information that others wished to remain secret. I was instructed by my …

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  • Minimum wage and Oz

    On Jan. 1 nearly one million Americans in 10 states received a pay raise because of a hike in minimum wage, but the issue of state and federal minimum wage laws will not go away. It suddenly struck me that a Wizard of Oz approach …

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  • Fascinating, not famous

    Every year, the media introduce us to the most fascinating people of the prior year. They always overlook people like Joe Horne. A tailgunner in the Army Air Corps during World War II, Horne and his crew enjoyed 11 successful missions. They didn’t expect to …

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  • A geek’s guide to getting a high score

    When my wife, Donna, and I were first married, we were given an old TI computer. The games on it were very limited, but so were our finances. I was majoring in both computer science and mathematics, and had very little time for any outside …

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  • Protecting school kids

    Jonathan Hornik, the Democratic Mayor of Marlboro Township in New Jersey, is a pragmatist. He favors a ban on the sale of assault weapons. He also wants laws to prohibit ordinary citizens from possessing high-capacity magazines. He’s eagerly anticipating recommendations from Vice President Joe Biden’s …

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  • Assault weapons ban is a red herring

    The philosophy behind the quackery known as homeopathic medicine is that “like cures like.” As in: have a burn, apply a hot compress. This widely-panned pseudoscience (oh man, am I going to get letters) in its 300 years of existence has a history of being …

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  • Stop saying ‘I support the troops,’ out of respect for the troops

    I don’t support the troops, America, and neither do you. I’m tired of the ruse we are playing on these brave citizens in our armed forces. And guess what? A lot of these soldiers and sailors and airmen and Marines see right through the emptiness …

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