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Failing U.S. Citizenship

“If younger generations don’t know why and how America is such a great nation, we are doomed!”

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Jokes abound, but political divide no laughing matter

With all the vitriol in our politics - with all the disagreement that is tearing our country apart – we could all use some levity about now.

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Guest Column | Spendthrift idioms define congress

“Republicans like to talk about fiscal discipline, but when they have control of Congress they spend like drunken sailors!”

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Guest Column | Government grounds for gobbledygook

Despite a 2010 law that requires federal agencies to describe rules and regulations in plain language, most government writing is STILL unintelligible.

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Guest Column | Recalling 9/11: We’re not so divided after all

On Sept. 11, 2001, I was driving along the Beltway to a Falls Church, Va., office building when a radio announcer said a plane had flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

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Column | The higher tech gets, the ruder we get

The magazine cites research, published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, that finds technology-enabled anonymity and “a lack of eye contact” are chief contributors to our growing incivility.

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Column | School lunch bell signals another round in fight

The government got into the school nutrition business during the Depression. FDR saw an opportunity to feed kids while winning the favor of farmers by buying their food with government money.

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Column | Why homeownership pressure is good

Which means many millennials are missing out on the misery of home ownership.

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Column | Americans are too worried to take their vacations

61 percent of employees surveyed said they feared appearing replaceable to their bosses, while 56 percent said they can’t take a break because there is too much work on their plate.

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Column | Home alone no way to work

Just as more private-sector organizations are calling telecommuting workers back to the office, two politicians in Washington hope to encourage federal agencies to allow more government employees to work from home.

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Column | D.C. vs Pittsburgh

Washington, D.C., routinely ranks high in surveys on America’s most livable cities, but as somebody who’s been a resident of both areas, I can tell you that Pittsburgh’s a far better place to live.

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Column | Wearing out longevity’s welcome

Boy, are Americans getting old.

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Column | Be civil, by George

“Can you believe that a man dumped a drink on a teenager because the teenager’s baseball cap favored the president?"

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Column | Summertime dinner calls long overdue

Maybe a new Utah law will revive the lost art of parents calling their children home for dinner.

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Column | Illuminating Independence

“It’s a grand time, to be sure – the day every year that we celebrate American independence and the birth of our country. And there are lots of interesting fun facts about the Fourth.”

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Column | We need to embrace the wit and wisdom of Will Rogers

But instead of working to resolve our challenges, we snipe and point fingers and make absurd accusations. We forget we’re not Democrats or Republicans, but Americans.

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Column | The Incredible Power of Fathers

His powerful model left a profound impact and guides me still. Even at 56, I’m filled with joy when I live up to his high standards and make him proud. I’m filled with disgust when my actions fall short and make him sad.

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Column | For happiness, head for the hills

According to The Washington Post, the Vancouver School of Economics and McGill University have determined that people who live in rural areas and small towns are happier than those who live in congested urban and large metro areas.

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Column | The evolving American prom

The American prom is, at heart, a formal step for teens to begin shedding their adolescence.

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National Column | Longing for the old, wooden stereo console

Perhaps we’d all be better off if more folks started collecting old albums – if more folks tried re-creating the simple childhood memories of the old stereo consoles that once sat in their parents’ dining room.

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Column | For Mother’s Day, embracing our lost sense of humor

Such was the admonishment my mother gave me many times over the years when one of life’s temporary failures gave me license to indulge in self-loathing.

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An apology to my niece on her college graduation day

However, despite your incredible burdens, I’m hopeful the class of 2018 will summon the will to do great things for mankind.

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Column | George Washington’s history? It’s complicated

“What do you mean that America’s youth know little about George Washington, except that he was a slave owner?”

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Column | Actually, things are pretty good and getting better

“The country is divided. The political rhetoric is getting worse. The world seems to be in a mess.”

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Column | Washington is my only hope against Girl Scout Cookies

I’m on a diet – a miserable diet just as millions of Americans are during January every year.

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Column | Frigid winter SAD for anti-Trumpers

It’s so cold, politicians are picking their own pockets, people are flocking inside the U.S. Capitol just for the hot air, and the outlook for anti-Trumpers has been downgraded from miserable and bewildered to hopelessly depressed.

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Column | Why my father shuns social media

My father is behind the curve on social media, but I think he is onto something.

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Column | Cheers to lower beer taxes

Like or hate the Republican tax-reform plan, here’s one thing we can all cheer: Beer taxes are going down

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Column | Your worst nightmare, identity theft, is calling

Your Social Security number has more than 40 congressionally approved uses. You can’t drive, vote, apply for a job or open a bank account without revealing that number.

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Column | Inappropriate Halloween Costumes

What can we dress up as for Halloween?

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Column | Free Speech in All its Peaceable Glory

It was a fine day for protesting at Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C., where folks were enjoying their right to free speech in a productive and peaceable manner.

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Guest Column: Today’s Kids Need a Taste of Parents’ 1970s Summertime

Ah, summer is upon us.

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For Father’s Day – Grateful for an Old-School Dad

My father was born during the Depression, in 1933, when life was a lot tougher. When he was only 3, his father, who had a good job working for the Mellon family, died at age 34.

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Guest Column: Ensuring Grads are Equipped for Citizenship

“I may have to do WHAT to receive my high school diploma?”

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Guest Column: Surviving the American Prom

Proms sure have gotten expensive these days.

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Guest Column: It should have been ‘Get To Work, Daughters & Sons’ Day

We need to rethink Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

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Column: A trillion reasons why the US debt is so baffling

Get this: The U.S. Treasury says that America’s debt grew by another trillion dollars in 2016.

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Column: Why minding manners matters

"Can you believe some jerk told me it was rude to talk on my cellphone inside the movie theater?”

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Column: End heroin’s devastation in 2017

I didn’t know the young man well – I’d hired him to do some handyman work around my house – but it was awfully unpleasant to learn that he died at 24 with a needle in his arm.

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Column: If the mainstream media covered Jesus’ birth

Network news anchor Brent Fullworth: We bring you a live update on the birth of Jesus Christ from our correspondent, Bethany Smug, who is standing by in Bethlehem. Bethany?

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Column: Office-party Christmas spirit runs afoul of political correctness

"You almost got fired because your company had a holiday party? You’re going to have to explain.”

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Column: Wisdom the GOP ignores at its peril

Now that Republicans will be running the White House, the House and the Senate, they’d better succeed in streamlining and simplifying our bloated government. Quotes from some of our greatest minds can guide them.

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Column: How to survive Thanksgiving dinner politics

Thanksgiving may get ugly this year. God only knows what may happen when a progressive liberal Democrat discovers he’s sitting next to a cousin or uncle who is a conservative Republican.

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Column: Suffering from election stress disorder

"Five more weeks before the election. I'm not sure I can survive that long."