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Column | Lost in the Amazon, the retailer we hate to love

Besides the fact that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is one facial scar and miniature clone in a baby carrier away from qualifying as Dr. Evil’s body double, I received an email last week indicating that my Amazon Prime membership fee is going up – AGAIN!

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Column | Vacationers of a certain age

The final indignity is that the friends of retired vacationers can’t remember what the traveler needed a vacation from – and the co-workers of pre-retirees like me can’t remember how they ever got along without the new guy who was hired in the vacationer’s absence.

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Column | How the Russia investigation helps Trump

Democrats seethe but have no new fodder for their ire – and every day that passes with the media chumming the waters and coming up empty drives down enthusiasm even more.

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The Opioid Crisis: How is Northern Arizona Being Affected?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, every day, more than 115 people in the United States die from an opioid overdose.

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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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Column | Democrats fail, yet again, to check Trump’s nominees

President Trump’s nominee to head the CIA, Gina Haspel, has been approved by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. A full vote in the Senate will soon confirm her to her new post – and a handful Democrats join the vast majority of Republicans in voting her through.

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Column | They Hate, Trump Wins

A year into Robert Mueller’s great Russian fishing expedition, the president they desperately want to impeach is still in office.

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Column | Are you suffering from funeral fatigue?

My mother sometimes answers the phone that way, when she has reached her limit of political bickering, Hollywood scandals, televised terrorist acts and heard-it-through-the-grapevine rumors about the terminal illnesses of acquaintances.

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Column | Why Jerusalem Matters

Peace will come when everyone recognizes what Trump has recognized: The Jewish connection to Jerusalem is unbreakable. And peace will come when Israel’s enemies realize that violence can’t change that underlying fact.

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Column | Israel at 70: Bibi’s troubled hour of power

The White House and the Republican Party that controls Congress are solidly behind Israel. Egypt is cooperating to battle terrorists in Sinai.

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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 a builder, Trump likes wrecking stuff

For a man who likes to brag about what a big builder he is, President Donald Trump spends a lot of time burning stuff down.

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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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Column | Teen milestone: Defenseless driving

My eldest and most expensive child recently reached one of those teen milestones that parents often consider with a combination of dread and hopefulness.

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Column | Is your town bribing new residents?

The fact that the U.S. unemployment rate is at a 17-year low does have a downside. (And not just the downside of our being unable to escape hearing Hillary moan, “Now the Electoral College will NEVER call me back and apologize for delaying my ascendancy over the deplorables!”)

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Column | The day the Iran deal died

Obama and his staff lied repeatedly to the American people about the Iran deal – and they continue to lie.

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Column | Don’t trash the nuclear deal!

This next week may determine whether President Trump extricates us from that cauldron of conflict that is the Middle East, as he promised, or plunges us even deeper into these forever wars.

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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 | So much for the threat of political correctness

For the past ten or so years, the right wing has been sounding the alarm about the greatest threat to American democracy.

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Column | The left and their angry brand of comedy

What do Chipotle and the White House Correspondent’s Dinner have in common? Easy. After the meal, everyone’s a little queasy.

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Column | The Royal Wedding: Something for everyone

I’m an early riser, so I may very well watch the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, just as I watched the wedding of Harry’s parents in July of 1981.

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Column | Oh, say Kanye sees

It’s easy to dismiss Kanye West.

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Column | The Growing art of American cursing

Get this: the average American can’t get through the day without cursing.

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Column | Smut night at the press dinner

Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, billed as a celebration of the First Amendment and a tribute to journalists who “speak truth to power,” has to be the worst advertisement in memory for our national press corps.

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Column | The constitutional work-around for term limits

I've always wondered why the National Education Association (NEA) and the country club conservatives in the Republican House and Senate leadership aren't allies, instead of enemies.

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