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Merci, America!

Have you heard the good news?

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A Charlie Brown Christmas miracle

It’s amazing that the show almost was not broadcast.

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Up in smoke

I admit it: I feel sorry for cigarette and cigar smokers these days.

Obama critics too late, not too little

I’m starting to feel bad for President Obama, if you want to know the truth.

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What women want

Boy, are the folks at the syndicated game show “Jeopardy” in trouble after introducing a new category: “What Do Women Want.”

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It’s good to have to get things done

Did you ever have a week in which you had an impossible amount of work to complete, yet somehow got it done?

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The taste of government control

They’re going to have to get used to it. I speak of the school students who are complaining about the taste of their government-funded school grub.

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Let boys be boys during the summer

Ah, summer. What a great time for boys to read “The Dangerous Book for Boys.”

Teens not working doesn’t work for America

Here’s a trend that may not bode well for the future of our country: according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 40 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds have summer jobs - down from 75 percent of teens a generation ago.

Why spy, China?

Sheesh, China, you sure know how to kick a country when it’s on its way down.

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My speech to the best graduating class ever

Students, faculty, family members and friends, it is my great honor to deliver your commencement speech today.

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Home ownership is for the birds

I’m beginning to think home ownership is over-rated.

We want politicians to lie

Get this: The U.S. Supreme Court is about to decide whether false accusations and mudslinging during political campaigns are illegal.

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My father’s 1959 tax return

I stumbled upon my father’s 1959 income tax return a few years ago. How I long for the simplicity he enjoyed when he filed his taxes that year.

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FIRST step toward America’s future

It’s a compelling event - something we all better hope we see more of, if America is to thrive.

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Men... your love life needs a pick-up truck

There’s a reason why American men drive big pick-up trucks: women dig them.

Old-fashioned baby names are making a comeback

Get this: old-fashioned baby names are beginning to make a comeback.

A plea from a dieting cookie addict

We must stop them.

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For Valentine’s Day...a return to romance

For the past 40 years or so, a movement has been afoot to make men more like women and women more like men.

Little Sisters vs. Goliath

Elegy for the incandescent bulb

Farewell, old friend. I am going to miss you.

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A Christmas toy story...back to the basics

Boy, do we need to get back to the basics in America - especially with our Christmas toys.

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Looking forward this Christmas

I’m turning into my father.

Gender differences hard wired

A new study has come out that finds men and women really do think differently.

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Dog days of ObamaCare

I’ve heard a lot of interesting stories of people trying, and failing, to sign up for ObamaCare, but this one takes the cake.

There’s lots to celebrate on Thanksgiving this year

Sure, the country isn’t doing so well at the moment, but there are still plenty of reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving.

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Letter from Washington

GUEST COLUMN

Millions of you are asking why your health insurance policies are being canceled and the premiums and deductibles for your new policies are, for the majority of you, doubling, tripling or worse.

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Why spy on France?

The French daily Le Monde alleges that the U.S. National Security Agency has spied on French diplomats in Washington and at the UN.

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Why ‘Duck Dynasty’ viewers flock to show

Guest Column

Like millions of Americans, I’ve become a “Duck Dynasty” fan.

Health really is everything

One challenge with chemo is that the body quickly becomes resistant to it. Doctors have to apply different chemo blends to overcome resistance. For the next few years, the different blends worked well.

Marriage is alive and well…for some

Boy, are some Americans losing interest in marriage these days. According to a National Center for Family and Marriage Research study, the U.S. marriage rate is on the decline. Whereas 92 out of 1,000 single women married in 1920, only 31 out of 1,000 are marrying today.

Great minds on government

Too many of our political leaders see government as the solution to our challenges. If only they paid more consideration to what some of our great minds had to say about government.

For Father’s Day - the Apple Core and the Toilet

I don’t know what I was thinking. In 1973, when I was 11, I flushed an apple core down the toilet, an action I would come to regret.

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