August 2, 2016
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When it comes to telemarketing and extended auto warranties, what you’re promised on the phone may not be what you get.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and CASA of Arizona (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is spreading awareness about preventing child abuse and asking all Arizonans to volunteer to advocate for children in the foster care system.
What is going on with Tucker Carlson?
It’s National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) 2023 and it couldn’t come at a better time. The FTC’s recently released top frauds of 2022 have impersonation scams at #1 again.
Fraud affects every community, and it’s not unusual for scammers to run their scam in the language you speak at home.
As the newly elected Mohave County Treasurer I am excited and honored to represent my constituents!
I’m writing this regarding the City of Kingman’s 2023 capital allocation plans, repeal of Prop 415, and the possible cancellation of the downtown improvement project.
AmeriCorps Seniors of Mohave County would like to extend deep appreciation to the greater Kingman community for their contributions to the 2022 Senior Angel Tree program.
Planning to buy things like new clothes or electronics for the holidays, but want to pay later?
There have been a series of articles authored by Howard Fischer entitled, “Environmental Groups Sue Government over Failure to Approve Mexican Wolf Restoration Plan.”
With the reopening of the federal government program to order no-cost COVID-19 tests, there are more options to get free tests this year.
We’ve all been there. During the holidays you order something online and await its arrival.
FTC, Division of Consumer and Business Education
This holiday season, remember: Gift cards are for gifts, not payments.
Arizona added 269 people every day in 2021, according to Census data.
As the holiday season approaches, the spending begins.
We’re more than a week out from the 2022 midterm elections, and there has been considerable commentary and various reasons offered about why the results turned out the way they did.
November has been declared National Caregiver month by the President of the United States.
The failure of a major cryptocurrency exchange has wiped out many crypto investors, and it could lead to potential scammers looking to cash in.
There is a lot of information to share this month with the General Election fast approaching concerning mail ballots and early voting.
Scammers don’t hibernate in the winter. Just like you, they’re watching the weather reports and preparing for storms – and they’re counting on catching you unawares.
Each year advocates, survivors and supporters recognize October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
While you can no longer get free COVID-19 test kits from the federal government, if you have health insurance, you’re covered for eight free over-the-counter, at-home COVID-19 tests each month.
Are you a bystander?
The following is the comment provided by Real Change PAC to the Arizona Department of Water Resources on Mohave County’s request for an Irrigation Nonexpansion Area designation for the Hualapai water basin.
People are telling us they’ve gotten emails warning that their sensitive personal information is being sold in the shadowy marketplaces of the dark web.
The NBA recently suspended Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver for a year and fined him $10 million after an investigation found he engaged in what the league called “workplace misconduct and organizational deficiencies.”
Predictably, many Republicans melted into volcanic spasms and hissy fits after President Biden delivered his speech in Philadelphia last week.
You’ve probably already heard about the new government plan that will forgive some federal student loans, once it’s up and running.
It shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise that right-wing news media outlets wasted no time stoking the unhinged rage of their MAGA followers last week after the FBI carried out a search warrant at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence.
The seven Colorado River states – Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming – face a daunting mid-August deadline.
We rely on our phones, we pay good money for our phones, but it has become a hassle to use our phones the way we want to – to answer calls and texts.
As someone who has been fighting for water sustainability in Mohave County since 2015, the most shocking part of Tim Walsh’s Hualapai Basin Groundwater Update at the June 20 Board of Supervisors meeting was not the devastating news of the “six-times increased deficit of water being pumped out of the aquifer,” it was Supervisor Johnson blithely asking: “Can’t the public just go to a vote?”
The way things are in the Intermountain West is not really set in stone as most seem to think.
You don’t have to look hard to find examples of federal overreach: dictation of school curriculum, one-size-fits-all healthcare, and now the debate over firearms taxes.
Last week’s televised hearings addressing the violence that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, were nothing short of riveting and disturbing.
Appropriating Franklin D. Roosevelt, May 2022 will likely be a month which will live in infamy.
In my drought- and fire-plagued home valley, 40 miles north of San Francisco, a debate has been simmering for decades over a massive development planned on state-owned property.
For basketball fans and players, the third month of the year means “March Madness,” one of the biggest sporting events.
It’s tax time, and like many people, you might be looking for a tax preparation service – especially one that’s free.
Love him or hate him, there can be no denying that actor Jussie Smollett conjures up passionately deep emotions from people from across the political spectrum.
From the time that I was still being knit together in my mother’s womb with some defective parts God had left over after making my big brother (he made me write that part), I’ve been attending Southern Baptist churches.
He almost gave heart attacks to two old ladies and a one-eyed cat the other day.
I have a problem. I misplace my wallet – a lot.
The 2020 presidential election, and the intense debate that has continued for more than year after its conclusion, have invariably led to new proposals to affect future national elections.
Boy, it didn’t take long for right wing activists and pundits to jump into attack dog mode once President Biden announced he would nominate a Black woman for the Supreme Court seat being vacated by retiring Justice Stephen Breyer.
Recently, Texas passed the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act, which enforces humane guidelines for restraining pet canines outdoors.
In well-appointed homes, on farms, in factories and in restaurants in the U.S., thousands of people, even children, work long days cleaning homes, picking crops, making products, washing dishes, busing tables and serving customers.
As you may have heard, the U.S. Department of Education announced another extension of the flexibilities offered to federal student loan borrowers.
I was recently invited to speak at a local women’s organization meeting in my hometown.
Yes, it’s that time again when I reminisce about the important events that have transpired over the past 12 months, like how in the world I grew so much ear hair in one year.
Children all over the United States are currently wringing their iPhone-calloused hands over the possibility that Santa Claus might not make it this year because he’s trapped in a delayed shipping container somewhere off the coast of California.
There are those of us old enough to remember when the term “politically correct” emerged into the public sphere. It didn’t take long for ideological culture warriors and politicians to exploit the term to suit their own agendas.
Not guilty on all counts.
These days, we’re all used to walking through retail stores in October and dodging Christmas displays of inflatable Baby Yoda yard art while we’re still trying to find the perfect Halloween pumpkins to decompose on our front porches.
I want to start my County Corner with a thank you to every property taxpayer in Mohave County.
In July, I flew up to Mohave County. While I was there, I met with elected officials and local leaders, where we discussed the unique needs of rural Arizona.
Mark Twain, in an unpublished manuscript, once wrote: “It is not worthwhile to try to keep history from repeating itself, for man’s character will always make the preventing of the repetitions impossible.”
If you ever want to test the limits of your patience, your sanity and your ability to avoid bursting your gizzard from laughing out loud at exactly the wrong moment – in church – try teaching a junior high boys’ Sunday school class sometime.
There’s a fake IRS email that keeps popping into people’s inboxes.
Halloween is a fun-filled holiday complete with vibrant costumes and too much candy.
Every year, charity regulators from around the word get together to raise awareness about charity fraud.
Now that we are elbow-deep in the pumpkin guts of October, I’m starting to feel the holiday season kick-off excitement.
Black Americans get a lot of messages about who matters and who does not in this country, and the question is: Are the messages intentional or unintentional?
“I can’t believe that person is getting that close.”
For-profit colleges sometimes use overblown – or flat-out false – promises to attract new students and their money.
Greetings from Kristi Blair, your Mohave County Recorder.
Back when my kids were little and I was always schlepping them hither and yon, they’d squabble in the back seat at ever-increasing decibels until I would inevitably unleash my most fervent Dad-ism: “I don’t care who started it, just knock it off!”
American freedoms as we know them are being eliminated day by day.
Before a couple of weeks ago, it had been over twenty years since my wife and I attended a Texas A&M football game.
It was 1952 when the cities of Aurora and Colorado Springs first started gobbling up water rights in a remote, high mountain valley on the state’s Western Slope.
What a shame that so many prominent figures summon the moxie to speak the truth when it’s too late to do anything about it.
The Pleistocene epoch that began 2.6 million years ago sent ice in waves through Yosemite.
Fire in the West is expected, and not so long ago, it seemed something the West experienced more than anywhere else.
This summer, three of us were hiking in Alaska’s western Brooks Range when we encountered a pack of eight wolves.
Poor Butte County, California, again on fire, its smoke choking the air of states miles away.
With blistering summer weather in full force and shiny new COVID-19 variants emerging like another season of “The Bachelor,” many Americans have taken to the great outdoors – despite recently reported attacks by grizzly bears, alligators, and President Joe Biden’s surviving German shepherd, Major (R.I.P. Champ).
New Mexico, the third-ranking U.S. oil producer, has moved to curtail methane pollution from the oil and gas industry, moving it closer to neighboring Colorado’s leadership.
I beat cancer, but the crippling debt nearly killed me anyway.
Every year the U.S. Department of Agriculture proclaims the first week of August as National Farmers Market Week with the goal to increase awareness of the role local farmers markets play in creating healthy communities and in building prosperity among farmers and small businesses.
Kudos to grieving widow Julia Letlow, a Louisiana Republican congresswoman, for setting the record straight.
For more than a year, our country longed for the economy to restart.
Even with this year’s emotionally jarring MLB season – featuring widespread fan misbehavior, COVID-19 postponements, and a game suspension caused by a shooting in Washington, D.C. – it’s generally accepted (as stated by Jimmy Dugan in the film “A League of Their Own”) that “There’s no crying in baseball.”
Hikers are flooding our public lands, so I ask the question: Why can’t people just leave the poor rocks alone?
When is enough, enough?
The wall between the United States and Mexico has come to stand for desperation and suffering for many people.
Retailers of all shapes and sizes across the Grand Canyon State have been working hard to help local communities return to normal, re opening their doors, reigniting job growth, and reinvesting in their own operations in order to continue supporting a stronger, more resilient economy across the state.
Austin, Texas, is a city of paradoxes.
President Biden, shortly after taking office, issued an executive order that sets into motion the administration’s goal of conserving 30% of the nation’s land and waters by 2030 – or, as it’s commonly called, the “America the Beautiful” initiative or “30-by-30” plan.
Robert Boslett Jr.’s letter – “An eye for an eye,” July 4 Kingman Miner – states that in his opinion “there would be less murders if people know if they get caught they are going to die.”
Unprecedented drought conditions are spreading across Arizona and the Western U.S. Nearly 95% of land in Arizona is in severe, extreme or exceptional drought, and more than 90% of the West is covered by some category of drought.
Hopefully you are staying cool this summer.
COVID opened the door for scammers to double down on their worst practices, while preying on consumers during an unprecedented global pandemic.
In recent years, kayaking has become a true craze, ranking right up there with TikTok dances, government stimulus checks, and those glorified Lunchables on plywood I can’t pronounce called charcuterie boards.
With the Fourth of July nearing, Phantom Fireworks encourages its friends and customers to be considerate of the neighbors when using state-legal fireworks.
Instead of telling you a ghost story around a summer campfire, we have an all-too familiar tale to share: Myra’s grandson, Jon, is in Mexico for the summer.
South Cove is the life-line for recreational boaters, anglers, visitors and businesses in Mohave County. It is the only launch ramp on the east end of Lake Mead, the largest man-made lake in North America when full.
With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions over the past few months, Texas weather has been releasing its pent-up energy like a post-quarantine exhibitionist with multiple personality disorder.
Scammers often disguise themselves as people working for the government and might pretend to offer help.
Here’s the dilemma: You want to explore the West’s huge treasure of public land, but you don’t want to be accompanied by crowds of people.
As part of the American Rescue Plan Act, eligible families will get monthly payments from the government from July 15 through December 2021.
Private business owners in Arizona have been left to fend for themselves when it comes to masking and proof of vaccine policies.
New and improved technologies are making it easier and more affordable for households to switch from gas, a fossil fuel, to electric water heating and electric appliances, such as stoves.
During the past year, mental health has worsened due to the pandemic and various associated stressors, especially within our youth population.
Dear eldest and most expensive daughter,
In the mid-1960s, my dad served on the school board in Cortez, in rural southern Colorado.
The most challenging part of living in a “one-party dominant” county is the overwhelmingly one-sided application of the Constitution, and the lack of understanding that accountability is a constitutional right, as well.
It’s never too late to find love, and lots of dating sites and apps are there to help. But scammers are out to steal your heart, too, and then steal your money.
One hundred thousand dollars. That’s what it takes for a down payment to buy an average-priced home in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Greetings from Kristi Blair, your Mohave County Recorder.
Just like you, I live with the fear of wildfire.
The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers to check their tax returns for common errors that could delay refunds or otherwise affect normal processing.
Some Colorado River tribulations today remind me of a folk story: A young man went to visit his fiancé and found the family trembling and weeping.
In the wake of recent mass shootings, President Joe Biden managed to avoid being blown over by a gentle breeze in the White House Rose Garden to announce several marginal executive actions on gun control that were met with tepid applause from the left and bulging forehead veins on the right.
Thank you to Mohave County Assessor Jeanne Kentch for last month’s article touting the many accomplishments of her office and talented staff since she was elected in 2016.
After more than a year of pandemic-related devastating losses – including job losses – you may be one of millions looking to get back on your feet with a new job.
One important back-to-basics step you can take this Financial Literacy Month (or anytime) is checking your credit report.
As parents of three teenage daughters, my wife and I expend a lot of our leisure time managing other people’s laundry.
What welcome words these were, from a newly elected president: “We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure…our highways bridges, tunnels, airports…which will become second to none, and we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it.”
Pushback against a “meatless day” proclaimed by Colorado Gov. Jared Polis last month was predictably vigorous.
While raising our three daughters, my wife and I have thoroughly enjoyed Halloween costumes, visits from the Easter Bunny, and Valentine’s Day parties – and we even let the kids join in most of the time.
Southwestern Colorado is used to spending winters partially isolated from the rest of Colorado, thanks to treacherous mountain passes that hem communities in when bad weather strikes.
Lots of people are having difficulty paying their rent due to the pandemic.
We use apps every day without thinking about them too much.
We know – or think we know – why so many home-grown goons stormed the U.S. Capitol.
By all accounts, Arizona has had a rough time through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hello, Mohave County.
Three percent of Earth’s land mass is comprised of islands, but 95% of all bird extinctions have occurred on them.
Arizona is one of the fastest-growing states in the country, with enviable economic expansion and population growth. This growth, however, depends upon steady and reliable sources of water, a precious natural resource that must be sustainably managed.
This legislation imposes a massive land grab of more than 1 million acres and permanently bans mining and other multiple-use activities in an area nearly the size of President Biden’s home state of Delaware.
Imagine you go to a hospital for a routine procedure.
Only about 100 people live in Somerset in western Colorado, a former coal company town squeezed into a narrow valley.
With the stroke of several souvenir pens that will likely end up on eBay, President Joe Biden recently enacted sweeping executive orders related to climate change – specifically aimed at saving the arctic tufted titmouse and encouraging the transition of all fuel-burning vehicles to Flintstones cars.
It has come to my attention that the City of Kingman is once again considering impact fees on new residential construction.
While COVID-19 has created disruption, pain and uncertainty throughout our great state, one thing remains clear: Our students’ progress toward their educational goals must continue.
We had President Trump for four years.
I attended a ranger program recently dealing with Leave No Trace.
Happy New Year to Mohave County!
As some people age, they begin to lose a certain degree of excitement about simple life experiences like snow days, finding a penny in a parking lot or putting on a pair of fresh underwear still warm from the dryer.
I am a lifelong conservative Republican whose faith in the criminal justice system was shattered by my near-death experience with it.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS are working hard to get a second round of Economic Impact Payments (EIP) to people.
The inauguration of a president marks one of our country’s most sacred traditions: the peaceful transfer of power.
Technology is a wondrous thing. All of us have experienced how it can do the heavy lifting to make our lives simpler, easier and more enjoyable.
For many of us, thinking about renewing our driver license rarely crosses our mind.
As the presidential transition takes place and the new Congress and Arizona Legislature get underway, many of us will be paying attention and providing our perspectives.
OK, let’s get the obvious out of the way. 2020 was the year of COVID-19, also known as corona (minus the lime), the plague, the super crud, or, as my dad calls it (and most other contagious illnesses), “the rooty-gootus.” But what else happened in 2020?
In Oregon, the Klamath Basin wildlife refuges have fallen into their winter silence now.
As the rest of the West rushes to meet increasingly ambitious goals to reduce carbon emissions, one state is moving in exactly the opposite direction. It’s Wyoming, which even wants to take on the coal-fired generation that states such as Oregon and Washington are abandoning.
Methadone maintenance holds a particular place in our social psyche. Stigmas about drug use are baked into U.S. methadone treatment policies and systems which, in turn, produce treatment disparities especially for rural areas.
Reports about the release of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of the year are promising, but plans for distribution are still being worked out.
There’s a lot of disgruntlement if not downright hate these days in America. On Facebook, strangers snipe at each other.
Greetings and happy holidays to Mohave County!
As the Arizona State Treasurer and chairwoman of the state’s first-ever Financial Literacy Task Force, increasing financial awareness is one of my top priorities.
By mid-September, there was no one left to call. The West, with its thousands of federal, state and local fire engines and crews, had been tapped out.
When “All in the Family” hit the TV screens in 1971, the war in Vietnam was raging, cities from Washington, D.C., to Detroit were charred from riots in the wake of Martin Luther King’s assassination, and many young people like me were leaving those cities, moving west to rural America.
In early 2017, not long after President Donald J. Trump moved into the White House, his chief advisor, Steve Bannon, said that the administration’s aim was the “deconstruction of the administrative state.”
Recently, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert and Bummercloud in Chief, Dr. Anthony Fauci, expressed concerns over families gathering together for a traditional Thanksgiving celebration this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here at the FTC, we’ve seen people pitching COVID treatments like gemstone bead bracelets, water filtration systems, indoor tanning with red light UV therapy, copper water bottles, high-dose vitamin C IV drips, juices and supplements, stem cell treatments, ozone therapy, laser light treatments, and more.
There’s a concept called “demand management” in the news in Colorado, and here’s a simple definition: Landowners get paid to temporarily stop irrigating, and that water gets sent downstream to hang out in Lake Powell.
“And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” – Mark 3:25
I usually avoid discussing politics in my columns, mainly because I would rather not be disowned by family members, unfriended by friends, or doused with milkshakes and other beverages by complete strangers at the local Whataburger.
Much has been made about President Trump’s unwillingness to agree to a peaceful transition of power should he lose to Democratic challenger Joe Biden on Tuesday.
I’ve always taken those sage words of Aldo Leopold, the “father of wildlife management,” to heart.
Arizona is said to have something for everyone: cold, snowy mountains and a hot, desert climate; Native American lands, rural communities and vibrant urban centers; well-renowned universities and trade schools; international attractions including the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam as well as national sports teams, and local arts, cultural and ethnic celebrations.
I live on a county road near the evacuation perimeter of what is now Colorado’s largest wildfire.
Scammers are hiding out on social media, using ads and offers to market their scams, according to reports to the FTC and a new Data Spotlight.
Parenting teen daughters is an experience chock-full of firsts, especially for dads.
This summer was a time of reckoning about race in every sector of American life, and many of us are scrambling to respond in appropriate ways – including the environmental movement I’m a part of.
Muhammad Ali. Jesse Owens. Arthur Ashe. Tommie Smith. John Carlos. Bill Russell. Billie Jean King. Carlos Delgado.
Ever since 1790, when the U.S. Census started keeping track of such things, the migratory flow of non-Indigenous people within the United States has moved from East to West, into lands they erroneously saw as a blank slate, and not so erroneously as a land rife with natural resources to exploit.
In our family, it’s usually one of my two driving teen daughters who violates social distancing guidelines with her bumper.
Feeling emotionally fatigued? Imagine how players in the NBA playoffs must’ve felt last month.
That the scene has become familiar makes it no less wrenching: A distraught couple searches through the ash, char and melted metal of what was once their home.
After watching the daily COVID-19 coverage on CNN, I’ve found that the best way to overcome lingering thoughts of depression, hopelessness, and Chris Cuomo is by going on a brisk walk around our neighborhood with my wife.
In much of the United States, courts shut down completely in the middle of March due to COVID-19.
For the West this summer, the news about water was grim.
Mark DeOpsomer of Bozeman, Montana, is a backpacker with lots of miles on his soles. For almost four decades he’s gone to the remotest corners of the northern Rockies.
It seems like so long ago that we were moving freely around the community, taking our kids to school, heading to work and even enjoying a meal at a local restaurant.
As a black man who has worked in the community behavioral health industry for more than 30 years, I’ve seen a lot.
We wanted to address our constituents concerning the recent passage of our 2021 budget.
The Federal Trade Commission is partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to help you guard against potential census scams. Knowing how the 2020 Census process works, what information you will and won’t be asked for, and some red flags, will help you spot and report scams.
In the debate over grazing in the West, there’s a trend toward magical thinking.
I read with interest a story in the Kingman Miner on Aug. 7 entitled “BLM to gather Black Mountain Burros.”
These past few months have been difficult for many Americans, both economically and emotionally.
Due to my flexible work schedule, I often run errands that are traditionally associated with the matriarch of the family – in other words, the mother/wife/supervisor/figure of maturity and common sense.
You don’t hear this from former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt or the usual suspects whose goal is to end many water diversions from the Colorado River, but it’s true.
Paonia, a small town in western Colorado, with a handful of mesas rising above it, wouldn’t green-up without water diverted from a river or mountain springs.
Remember when stores ran out of toilet paper, hand sanitizer and face masks?
Whether you wear a mask depends on many factors, such as your level of education, gender, partisanship, or – and I admit, this is a smaller category – whether you play catcher for a Major League Baseball team.
Warning! The following column contains what some readers may consider to be objectionable (and absolutely accurate) gender stereotypes!
As Mayor of the City of Kingman, it is my privilege to serve you with my best efforts to assess and act mindfully on issues that impact our community. I remain dedicated to positive engagement with residents, business owners and community organizations to always seek the betterment of our community.
You may have seen reports of the fire that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard.
It’s been a decade since I reflected on radiation, both the kind emitted by nuclear tests and the radium inserted up my nose to shrink swollen adenoids.
What now? Forget civil discourse. Never mind empathy. So long to compassion.
In the scorching summer weather, which lasts roughly from Easter to Thanksgiving in East Texas, if you want to avoid morphing into an extra-greasy (and slightly hairy) strip of bacon, escaping the heat and humidity is a necessity.
NFL owners have managed to obfuscate a legitimate protest against police brutality that had, at least briefly, heightened the nation’s consciousness about a serious issue.
With Trump on foreign soil attacking the free and independent press (CNN “has been faking news for a long time,” while NBC “is equally bad”), I’m recommending that you read The New Yorker’s richly-detailed article about The National Enquirer.
Democrats just lost another election, this time in Montana.
A Harvard study published May 18 reveals what thoughtful Americans already knew: Extreme anti-Trump bias runs rampant in corporate media.
Remember when late-night TV used to be entertaining – and actually funny?
For conservatives, the election of Donald Trump, while not ideal, represents the first chance in a long time to take the country back from the infestation of liberal ideology, and especially one world government globalism.
At my age I’m pretty sure I don’t need maternity care.
I was an eighth grader in a tiny little county school in Indiana when the little school of Milan, Indiana, won the state basketball championship in 1954.
If your New Year’s resolutions crash and burn, don’t despair.
If Jill Stein and die-hard Democrats get their way, recounts in three key states will take the presidency away from Donald Trump and hand it to Hillary Clinton.
Why does the March for Life, a rally that attracts tens of thousands of anti-abortion Americans to Washington, D.C., every year get less prominent media coverage than a fringe neo-Nazi gathering?
There were plenty of agitated and even hysterical reactions to Donald Trump’s election victory, but none more surprising than the one expressed in a direct mail letter I got a couple of days afterward.
Boosting federal investment in infrastructure has never had so many enthusiasts. During the presidential campaign, it was the rare chorus that Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders could all join in singing.
It’s all over. So why are people still arguing about something Donald Trump said three weeks ago?
I am uplifted by Tuesday’s presidential election results because I believe we have a good chance to start turning things around in the country for the better, from economic issues to social issues and matters of national security and the rule of law.
In my Nov. 1 column, I looked at the presidential election through the lens of the old children’s radio show “Let’s Pretend” — examining how things would look if it turned out that Donald Trump ends up winning.
It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to, Donald Trump tweeted at the reasonable hour of 10 a.m. on Tuesday.
After the Drug Enforcement Administration announced an “emergency” ban on kratom at the end of August, a spokesman for the agency said “our goal is to make sure this is available.”
There is a perverse symmetry on display in Afghanistan right now.
So, it has come to my knowledge that Mrs. Monica Gates wasn’t quite the “people’s choice” in two of her three elections.
One of the shrewdest American politicians I both know and like, a man who has actually managed Republican presidential campaigns, was openly discouraged after the first debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.
I left the University of Southern California forum where I watched the debate Monday night with an overwhelming sense of unease. And I’ve been trying to figure out why.
A recent essay in The Wall Street Journal described Donald Trump thusly: “Rather like the crazy boy-emperors after the fall of the Roman Republic, he may have problems with impulse control – and an uncontrolled, ill-formed, perpetually fragmented mind.”
I’m old enough to remember 2015, when many in both parties opposed the specter of another Bush or another Clinton precisely because of weariness with all that they represent.
Before taking his seat at Monday night's presidential debate, Lester Holt confided to the audience in the hall that his knees were shaking. Ninety minutes later, shaky would be an overly kind way to describe Holt's performance as moderator.
For the millionth time, Trump is not a fiscal conservative. He is a populist. And his near-embrace by many evangelicals notwithstanding, New Yorker Trump with “New York values” is likely pro-choice and pro-gay marriage.
Britain’s vote to leave the European Union sparks speculation on where the United Kingdom might turn for new trading partners. How about NAFTA?
Snowden put them in jeopardy, through disclosures that did not justify the risk. National security is a central responsibility of our government.
This election year makes a mockery of past complaints about the “lesser of two evils.” That cliche has been trotted out in every election of my lifetime.
We, the American People, should pat ourselves on the back for having survived a multitude of presidential battles this year.
Imagine the outcry if Hillary Clinton was outed for taking more than a quarter of a million dollars in other people’s money – donations to the Clinton Foundation, donations that were intended to be used for charitable purposes – and spent it instead on herself, in a breach of federal tax laws, in order to settle all kinds of lawsuits filed against her. And to buy several paintings of herself.
We, the American People, should pat ourselves on the back for having survived a multitude of presidential battles this year. So far we've ducked mud thrown during the Little Hands Wars, the Naked Wives Wars, the Bigotry Wars, the Qualification Wars, the Crazier than a Wombat in a Centrifuge Wars, and now a brand new phase: the Health Wars
The explosives going off in the dumpster in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea was not a major terrorist event – except on the TV news channels.
On August 24, leaders of the “nominally Marxist” Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia agreed to what they called a “definitive ceasefire” with the pro-U.S. Colombian government they once vowed to topple.
In recent presidential years, Catholics and white evangelical Christians joined in favoring the Republican candidate. A key reason was a shared opposition to abortion. This time, Catholics appear to be deserting the candidacy of Donald Trump, and one can understand why.
A 2001 survey found 88 percent of Americans agreed that the Constitution ought to affirm the equality of women. Nearly 3 in 4 people thought it already did.
First of all, remember that when Trump’s con game is over, you’ll still be one of the people who defended an authoritarian thug.
This is a race to rock bottom to see which team ends up least wrecked, and right now they’re both jostling for pole position.
Being a muckraking political writer often makes me feel like a custodian in a horse barn, constantly shoveling manure.
A friend 15 years older than Hillary Clinton recently came down with a mild pneumonia that sounds just like hers.
Congratulations Ric Swats for an informative column (KDM 9-28).
On Sept. 2, the FBI released a lengthy explanation of its investigation of Hillary Clinton and a summary of the evidence amassed against her.
Republicans enter the fall campaign in moods ranging from grim foreboding to howling despair. They fear that Donald Trump will not only lose but lose so big he will take hordes of other candidates down with him, costing the GOP control of the U.S. Senate and even the House. This election could be the party’s worst debacle since 1964.
Walmart is seeing the future, and the future isn’t more shoppers driving through stop-and-go traffic to big boxes at the edge of town. It’s online shopping.
San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick won’t stand for the national anthem, because, well, we’re not exactly sure why.
Recent polls find a majority of Americans believe that “race relations,” since the election of the first black president, have gotten worse, not better.
Ask Dr. Politics! You are fair, and I am unbalanced!
For the past year, the Republican Party has behaved as though it is determined to abandon its best principles and alienate voters for years to come.
Do you ever get tired of defending Donald Trump?” a critic asked.
Even as a guy who won’t release his tax returns, Donald Trump has become America’s leading crime fighter.
A beach in France is likely to feature some sights that would shock many Americans, such as bare-breasted women and paunchy middle-aged men in tiny Speedos.
Serious acrimony has now broken out among conservatives regarding whether to vote for Donald Trump.
The Loathsome Cowboy rides again.
Poor Hillary Clinton. She’s trying so fervently to come up with at least one new and inspiring idea to jump-start a moribund economy and help the financially stressed middle class.
We’ve heard nonstop criticism of both the Democrat and Republican presidential candidates – for good reasons. So are their running mates any better? Yes.
Our quadrennial presidential sweepstakes regularly provides textbook studies in contrast. And 2016 raises the bar in disparity.
If there is anything on which Americans across the political spectrum agree, it is the inviolability of the Constitution. It is our national scripture, invoked by all and rejected by none.
Some corporations engage in such abusive consumer rip-offs that they’re just plain evil. But then there are some profiteers that dig even deeper into the dark void of their corporate souls to achieve the ultimate status: TRULY EVIL.
International trade figures heavily in the presidential race.
Last week, President Obama penned a ridiculous piece in Glamour magazine.
A few weeks ago the Daily Miner ran a story on the front page about Social Security and Medicare being in bad shape.
I am so frustrated with so much of what continues to go on with politics in our country.
I don’t want Hillary Clinton to be president. She’s a liar. But I can’t vote for Donald Trump. He lies almost as often.
Did Hillary Clinton actually propose raising middle-income taxes in a recent speech?
Some Republicans as well as Democrats have used the term “unfit to serve” about Donald Trump, based on things he said, and what they assume he might have meant.
So the conventions are over and we’ve entered the penultimate stage of this presidential demolition derby.
Alone in his bedroom on a dark and stormy night, Donald Trump was inventing some tax returns, when the devil appeared before him.
On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, WikiLeaks – the courageous international organization dedicated to governmental transparency – exposed hundreds of internal emails circulated among senior staff of the Democratic National Committee during the past 18 months.
Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient Captain Humayun Khan died heroically. But his exceptional courage in Iraq and his Muslim father’s post-Democratic convention histrionics on TV do not erase the security threat posed by killer warriors of Allah infiltrating our troops.
Two recent news stories highlight how pernicious the welfare state has become in America today.
Many people dislike both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton – for good reason: Both are power-hungry threats to democracy and rule of law. But what can we do? What’s the alternative?
Forget about the heated battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for a second, and let your mind wander back to a Washington, D.C. in the rejuvenating throes of springtime.
The implosion is so big it’s drowning out the “he said this monstrous thing” or “that easily caught lie.” Donald Trump has moved from the chaos candidate to the kamikaze candidate to the crazy-as-a-loon candidate.
Striding onto the Philadelphia stage resplendent in a white pants suit like a heavenly sent business bride walking down the aisle to tie the knot with America, Chelsea’s mom jettisoned the “presumptive” and accepted the Democratic Party’s invitation to become their nominee in the 2016 race for the Presidency of the United States. And contrary to prior dire warnings, the gates of hell did not open up.